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Johnson urges Johnson to re-think Palace plan

PUBLISHED: 13:22 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

A LONDON Assembly member has urged the Mayor to withdraw his support for a plan to build 180 flats on a historic park. Green member Darren Johnson has warned Boris Johnson that building on Crystal Palace Park will set a precedent in the capital. A plan

A LONDON Assembly member has urged the Mayor to withdraw his support for a plan to build 180 flats on a historic park.

Green member Darren Johnson has warned Boris Johnson that building on Crystal Palace Park will set a precedent in the capital. A planning inquiry into the controversial bid to build accommodation in the park to fund its restoration is due to start tomorrow.

Mr Johnson said: ""Whilst I agree with the overall vision of the masterplan for improving Crystal Palace Park, building housing on the park to fund this regeneration is inappropriate and unacceptable."

A spokesman for Mr Johnson was unavilable for comment as the Times went to press. In January, Local Government Minister Hazel Blears published her decision to call in the Masterplan application for the Park and the National Sports Centre (NSC) after permission for the plan had been granted last December by Bromley council.

The inquiry will be held at the Salvation Army Hall, 58 Westow Street in Upper Norwood.

See http://www.persona.uk.com/crystalpalace/index.htm.


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