Foster + Partners’ scheme for Stanhope given go-ahead as rivals’ CPO is turned down

The government has effectively given the go-ahead to Stanhope’s Croydon Gateway scheme after turning down a CPO by rival developer Arrowcroft.

The decision by the Secretary of State to turn down Arrowcroft’s CPO, which was supported by Croydon Council, means that a Foster + Partners-designed development scheme can now be taken forward by Schroder and Stanhope.

Stanhope’s Croydon Gateway scheme by Foster + Partners
Government gives the green light to Stanhope’s Croydon Gateway scheme

The secretary of state last week refused planning consent for Croydon Council and Arrowcroft’s mixed-use scheme, designed by Michael Aukett Architects, which featured a 12,500-seat arena.

But the council had applied to compusorily purchase 9 acres of the 13-acre site owned by Schroders and Stanhope, a request that has now been turned down.

Foster + Partners’ development will be known as Ruskin Square and will see 1m ft² of office space and 500 homes built in the centre of Croydon.