Lion Green Road to be slashed to 50 parking spaces
03/03/2017 14:11:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
Last night I received a Coulsdon member briefing where the future of the Lion Green Road site was discussed.
The biggest piece of news is that Brick by Brick, the Council’s in-house development company is planning to deliver only around 50 car parking spaces on the Lion Green Road site (as well as c. 100 residential units).
That is well short of expectations of local residents and businesses expressed in our recent survey and would deal a serious blow to the viability of the town centre.
In our survey, asked how many car parking spaces they thought should be accommodated on the Lion Green Road site, a majority (56%) would like to see at least 200 spaces. A total of 18% of respondents would like to see 100 parking spaces, while 19% would like to see between 100 and 175 parking spaces, and only 7% would like less than 100 spaces. The preference of most respondents was that a substantial proportion of parking spaces should be long term (in excess of 7 hour stay).
This is the second successive Coulsdon member briefing meeting that Brick by Brick has offered apologies for, and instead sent a series of bullet points detailing its latest plans. It is a real shame that they don’t feel they can face us to explain their plans.
Options to combine residential development with a relocation of the Library as well as the Community Centre in Barrie Close to the former CALAT site remain in principle on the table (although we were told the Community Centre is resisting because the facilities and parking spaces would not be replaced on a like-for-like basis).
Public consultations are due on the sites in mid-April, but Brick by Brick has already begun pre-application discussions with the Council.