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Make's Cherry Orchard plan in Croydon withdrawn at last minute

Plans for the Make-designed Orchard Road skyscraper in Croydon has been withdrawn at the last minute

The controversial planning application for four skyscrapers, located next to East Croydon station had been recommended for refusal, but minutes before a planning committee meeting developers Menta withdrew the application.

Make unveiled its designs for a set of crystalline towers making up part of the vast regeneration of Croydon, south London.

The London-based firm is working to Will Alsop’s 2020 Vision masterplan for the area, and was designed to provide more than 150,000m² of mixed-use space.

Make’s design included a 46-storey residential tower which will make up part of the 1,300 new homes planned for the site. Also part of the scheme is an office building, as well as extensive open spaces, cafes and shops.

In a statement Menta said: ‘We are very disappointed that after a lengthy pre-application and consultation process, during which we did everything we could to meet the Council’s objectives for this important location, the Council did not feel able to support the application at this late stage in the process. This left us with no option but to withdraw.

‘We have invested considerable resources to date in Croydon and now look forward to working with the Council to establish a way forward for this scheme.

‘In particular we will be interested to see what may emerge during the East Croydon Masterplanning initiative, of which we are a part, to unlock this important site and deliver equivalent regeneration outputs to the proposals we have brought forward.’

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