Community calls for clarity over Chinese billionaire's plans to rebuild famous Crystal Palace (From News Shopper)
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Community calls for clarity over Chinese billionaire's plans to rebuild famous Crystal Palace
A COMMUNITY group has called for clarity over a Chinese billionaire's proposed £500m plans to regenerate the Crystal Palace Park.
The project will aim to rebuild the famous Crystal Palace, including the historic Italian terraces, the underpass, the dinosaur trail and maze.
There are also plans to include hotel facilities, exhibition spaces, education facilities and open up spaces for community use.
However locals are concerned about the impact of the development on the surrounding area.
In an open letter to Mr Ni, Martin Tempia, chairman of Crystal Palace Park Community Stakeholder Group, urged more dialogue with the community.
Ni Zhaoxing, Boris Johnson and Stephen Carr unveil the plans last month.
Talking to News Shopper, he said: "At this stage the main need is for information.
"No one can tell what the impact on areas around the park is going to be.
"When we add that to the time scale that the developers are looking at, we have to ask ourself if there is sufficient time to address such issues as traffic and transport.
"We have seen they want a car park space for 3000 cars and an exhibition area that is larger than the Natural History Museum.
"Large numbers of people will move to the development. I can't see what improvements (to roads and transport) would be made.
"And then there's the damage it may cause to local business."
It is expected that planning permission for the project will be sought in Autumn 2014, with building to start in Winter 2015. The site could open in 2018.
The new look Crystal Palace Park. Photo: Zhongrong Group.
Mr Tempia added: "The prospect of a £500m investment being spent in the park is extremely attractive.
"At the same time if this is rushed the damage to south London could be huge. We could be left with a building that doesn't work.
"We need to start talking to them to get more information and facts about planning this development.
"Most £500m projects even when initially proposed have been worked on for years. This seems to be an idea that has been plucked out of the air."
In an open letter to the Crystal Palace community, Mr Ni said: "I want to reassure everyone that a programme of community engagement will be starting later this autumn.
"The planning is underway for this and we will set out the details as soon as we can in the coming weeks."
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