Barratt Developments has been selected as the preferred development partner for the regeneration of Cane Hill - an 83 ha former hospital site in Coulsdon, Croydon.
Barratt will work with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Croydon Council to deliver a residential-led, mixed-use scheme that will integrate this derelict site with the surrounding area and strengthen links to Coulsdon town centre.
In addition to creating a new, sustainable community, Barratt will also be expected to support the evolution and completion of a masterplan framework for Cane Hill and Coulsdon town centre. According to the existing Planning and Development Brief, which was drawn up by the HCA and the council, aspirations for Cane Hill include enhancement of the existing open spaces, provision of retail and business units, potential leisure uses and the delivery of around 650 eco-friendly, mixed-tenure homes.
Cane Hill is part of the HCA’s strategy to unlock the potential of previously used land for development. An excellent track-record in community engagement was also taken into account as part of the selection criteria. The HCA was advised by GVA throughout the Planning and Development Brief and developer selection process.
Simon Powell, head of area at the HCA, 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. As well as working closely with the HCA and Croydon Council, Barratt will also collaborate with local people to ensure we make the most of this exciting opportunity.”
Gary Ennis, southern regional managing director for Barratt Developments, 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.”
Once contracts are finalised, Barratt will work with the HCA, Croydon Council and the local community to complete the masterplan for Coulsdon Town Centre and Cane Hill. This document will assist in guiding the development of a planning application for Cane Hill. The planning application will contain more detail about the proposals for the site and will be worked up in tandem with the masterplan.