Planning permission given for buildin that will bring core council services under one roof

Planning permission has been granted for a Croydon council's public service delivery hub.

The 36,150 sq m building will combine the council’s office facilities, a register office and other public services on a 0.5 ha site.

There is also space for a police one-stop shop and Primary Care Trust facilities if required. Car and cycle parking, landscaping, a fifth floor roof area and eighth floor garden, landscaping and access works are also included in the proposals.

The scheme is the first step for Croydon council and John Laing’s £450m Urban Regeneration Vehicle. It is the UK’s first Local Authority Asset Backed Vehicle (LABV), which is designed to offer councils a bigger share of development profits on sites they own.

Sustainable design and energy efficiency are an important part of the proposals.

Phil Villars, managing director of Indigo Planning, said: “The proposals meet the requirements of a BREEAM “Excellent” rating and also achieve and exceed the sustainable development requirements of London Plan policies.”