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Croydon 2020: images of changing skyline revealed

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Images have been revealed showing how the London Borough of Croydon is set to change over the next six years

The vision shows how development in the south London borough could change its skyline in the years up to 2020.

A new ‘growth zone’ in the area is set to deliver a £5.25 billion regeneration programme including the construction of 8,300 homes by 2031.

The area is undergoing major change with planning granted in the past year for two residential towers next to East Croydon station designed by PRP Architects, a mixed use scheme by ShedKM, and more than 400 new homes and shops designed by Make.

It comes as the borough has asked the government to grant it devolution powers. If granted the powers would allow the borough to collect locally generated taxes on development and to create a metropolitan centre development company to help deliver housing, infrastructure, and private sector development.

The devolution powers are being backed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has already ploughed £23 million into the regeneration of Croydon town centre.

Leader of Croydon Council, Tony Newman said: ‘Croydon is a modern European city on the cusp of a massive, once-in-a-lifetime regeneration opportunity, bringing with it multi-billion pound investment, and thousands of new homes and jobs – which we are ready and able to deliver.

‘Central government and the Mayor of London know that cities like Croydon hold the future to the economic regeneration of the entire region, and that’s why we’re asking them to help us to reach our fantastic potential.

‘Everything is aligned and ready to happen right now; and by giving us the powers to make our own decisions, and to raise our own funds and reinvest them locally will not only kick start our delivery programme but help us unlock that potential and deliver our vision.’

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