Sunday, 30 December 2007

How to access the Planning Applications

The three Planning Applications are now in theory up on Bromley's website, but they're easier to access through this page:

The main document worth looking at is the Planning Statement (the documents are quite large PDF files...).

Submitting Comments
One way to submit comments to Bromley is via their Planning Access website. This is the link:

Once the page opens, look down the left hand menu for "Application Search". Select that. A form will appear. The easiest way to find the park applications is to type the Application Reference number into the first field on the form and click search at the bottom of the form. The three Application references are:

Masterplan Outline Planning application - 07/03897
Listed Building Consent application - 07/03907
conservation Area Consent application - 07/03906

Once you've entered one of these and clicked search, a page should appear giving the details of the application. On the right hand side of the results is an arrow to click for more information.

The arrow takes you to a page where you can submit comments direct to Bromley. (In theory you should also be able to download all of the documents, but wwhen we tested it the associated docs were missing. We suggest you get them from the Crystal Palace Park website instead.)

John Logie Baird Park Walkabouts

The Josepth Paxton Society are running some more of their Park Walkabouts, this time with the theme of John Logie Baird, the pioneer of British television. The walks visit the site of the design labratory, the studios, the transmitters and the manufacturing plant.

They're running on Saturday 5th Jan and Sunday 6th Jan, starting at 1pm at the Park Information Centre near the Penge entrance. The walks are free.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Park in the mist...

Park in the mist
Originally uploaded by Craig Richardson
Maybe it was the fact it was near freezing, or maybe it was the thick mist! Either way, I felt like I had the place to myself as I wandered round the park this morning...

If anyone wants to see how different the park looks in the mist, there's a set of photos here:
Link to Pictures

If anyone wants prints, drop me a line at!

Monday, 19 November 2007

Park Update

A few updates on the park from the Park Working Group meeting on the 13th Nov.

Planning Application

The LDA's planning application went in to Bromley on the 1st Nov. Details of how to respond will be circulated with the minutes of the recent Main Group Meeting, and we'll be posting them here as soon as we get them.

Capel Manor

The estimated opening date is now looking like December. Between asbestos having to be removed, the building being broken into, and foot and mouth, bird flu and blue-tongue all affecting the movement of animals around the country, they're understandably not willing to name a precise date just yet!


Expect a decision on the final route in spring next year. Hopefully we'll see the business plan setting out the costs and benefits of the scheme in December. In terms of work starting, we're apparently looking at 2010, completing by 2013/14.

Park Management/Ownership

Not much to report on this yet, but I just want to flag that the working group has started to consider this in advance of the next Main Group meeting. More on it after the next meeting.

Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue
Originally uploaded by Craig Richardson
In honour of the fact that its been snowing in other parts of the country over the last couple of days, I thought I'd remind people of how gorgeous our park can look in the snow!

Thursday, 25 October 2007

John Logie Baird Walk Around the Park

The Josepth Paxton Society are doing a John Logie Baird themed weekend this weekend in the park. (Baird was a Scottish engineer, most famous for being the first person to demonstrate a working television.)

There's an exhibition in the rangers hut and two walks planned:
  • Saturday 27th October: 2pm from the Museum
  • Sunday 28th October: 2pm from the rangers' hut (Penge gate)

For more about the work of Baird in Crystal Palace, see this article on the Sydenham Town website:

Monday, 22 October 2007

Tour the Park with the Masterplanners

Update: We've now heard that the walk is only happening on Saturday. Apologies for any confusion caused!

Just a quick note to let you know that the park Masterplanners (Latz + Partners) will be hosting a walk around the park on Saturday, 27 October at 11.30 am. The departure point will be from the exhibition. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Exhibition of Park Plans

The London Development Agency (LDA) is planning to run an exhibition of the master plans for Crystal Palace Park. The exhibition will be held at Crystal Palace train station (in the old booking hall) from Thursday 18 October to Wednesday 31 October.

Time: Monday-Friday 7.30am-9pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm

We're advising everyone with an interest in the future of the Park to go down and have a look at the plans, as these are what will be submitted to Bromley for planning approval....

We understand that play facilities will be available.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Parts of NSC Re-opened

The NSC closed on the 14th Sept when asbestos was discovered, but we we now understand from Greenwich Leisure that parts of the centre are open again. From the GLL Website:

"We are offering a public swimming programme (25m Training Pool) and Group Exercise programme (Old Dance Studio). A full timetable is now available - see Centre News (left).

Facilities/activities now open include: London Swim School; London Weightlifting Centre; London Leisure College; Climbing Wall; North Pitch; Jubilee Stand for Capel Manor College, Physiotherapy practice, & TJ's Mini Gym; tennis courts; stadium track; bar astro pitch; Lodge conference rooms."

For more details, see here:

Thursday, 20 September 2007

National Sports Centre Closed

We’ve been informed by the LDA that the National Sports Centre is currently closed following the discovery of asbestos. Details below in the press release from the LDA.

National Sport Centre closed

The National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace Park has been closed following the discovery of asbestos.

As part of the LDA statutory duties an asbestos investigation was carried out prior to the planned closure of the centre for the refurbishment of its mechanical and electrical systems in November.

The results revealed asbestos in a number of areas and as a precautionary measure the centre has been closed for further investigations and treatment of the asbestos as appropriate.

Visitors to Sport Centre can be assured that all air samples taken to date in the NSC show no dangerous levels of asbestos to be present.

Dr David Hancock, LDA Director of Risk said: “We are closing the centre as a precautionary measure as we do not want to expose the public or anybody to unnecessary risk.”

Plans to undertake the refurbishment of the NSC’s mechanical and electrical systems will continue to go ahead in November and the LDA still intends to have the centre fully open to the public in June 2008.