Plans to redevelop much of the Queens hotel on Church Road, Crystal Palace were thrown out by a Croydon council planning committee last night (Thursday).

Officers had recommended approval of revised plans for the historic building but the application was refused on a majority vote.

Fitzroy Wakefield Action Group told News From Crystal Palace: “Residents are delighted that this enormous scheme was refused, despite clear support from the planning department and the committee chair.

“We are waiting to see if the hotel will reduce it’s scheme or if it will appeal the decision.”

Newly-elected Croydon Cllr Patsy Cummings (Lab South Norwood), who addressed the planning committee, told News From Crystal Palace: “For many months the local residents have objected to the over-development of the Queens hotel in this conservation area.

“The voices of the community in South Norwood were finally heard at the planning committee meeting yesterday, and the majority of the committee agreed with the residents.

“No-one objects to improvements to the local area but the proposals were ‘too big, too close and not appropriate for the area’.

“The residents would gladly work collaboratively with the hotel to see the existing historical building maintained and refurbished.  “Let’s work together to achieve a win/win outcome for all the different stakeholders in South Norwood and Upper Norwood.”

Comments on social media include:

VintagehartLondon: Thanku #croydon planning committee for hearing us & thanku @SteveReedMP for invaluable encouragement and support

SteveReedMP: Many thanks to Croydon’s planning committee for listening to residents and refusing the over-sized Queen’s Hotel redevelopment


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