HTA’s 83-hectare redevelopment of Cane Hill Asylum in Coulsdon near Croydon has been given the green light, with its developer appointed preferred bidder for the site
The studio is working for Barratt Homes which was named the project’s preferred development partner by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) this week.
The project will transform the former hospital site into a residential-led mixed-use development with new links to nearby Coulsdon town centre.
The 1886 Charles Henry Howell-designed Cane Hill Asylum was demolished in 2010. The building’s water tower, administration building and chapel are locally listed and remain.
The site became a popular urban exploration haunt following the hospital’s closure in 1991.
Under the redevelopment plans, Cane Hill could feature up to 650 ‘eco-friendly’ and mixed-tenure homes alongside retail, business and leisure uses.
Simon Powell, HCA head of area, said: ‘We’ve appointed a highly experienced developer with the ability to deliver a carefully considered scheme which is sympathetic to Cane Hill’s outstanding natural environment, its excellent location and supports the future growth of Coulsdon town centre.’
Councillor Jason Perry, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for planning, transport and sustainability, said: ‘The appointment of a development partner is an important step forward in the plans to further regenerate the southern-most part of our borough.
‘The Cane Hill site has had a chequered history and it’s great to see that plans will be moving forward to provide homes and business premises that will improve, add to and enhance Coulsdon town centre’s offering, and build upon the major regeneration work that has recently been completed.’
Gary Ennis, Barratt Developments’ southern regional managing director added: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen by the HCA as its preferred partner on this superb site, which is such an important development for the local community in Coulsdon. We very much look forward to working closely with all local stakeholders and the HCA in the delivery of this project.’