A burst water main caused a massive mudslide across rail tracks near East Croydon Station recently, resulting in southbound services on the Brighton mainline being suspended. Trains between Bedford, St. Albans and Brighton were also affected, with many delays and cancellations.
Although the mud has now been removed and services have been restored, it is likely that further work will be required over the coming months to make good damage caused to the trackbed. The question of who pays for the clear-up will no doubt take even longer to resolve, with Network Rail saying that it will look to the water company which owns the burst pipe for compensation.
This is a scenario which can easily occur to private home owners, and highlights why when Solicitors undertake Conveyancing in Croydon, work like drainage searches is so vital.
Conveyancing in Croydon near New Developments
Various property developers currently have plans for major redevelopments in the vicinity of East Croydon station.
Redevelopment-specialists Menta have plans for their Cherry Orchard Road site, including a 54-storey residential tower providing 424 flats, a hotel, and office accommodation, with retail and restaurant premises. The company’s previous application for this site included plans for a string of four towers, with the tallest standing at 45 storeys, but this was withdrawn in 2009 after the London Borough of Croydon’s planning committee recommended refusal in part due to adverse visual impact.
The current application will be for a less intense level of development but will still feature a 171 metre tall 54-storey skyscraper, with commercial premises at ground floor level. The remainder of the skyscraper will comprise some 427 flats.
Stanhope/Schroders have recently been given outline consent for their plans for the redevelopment of a 9 acre site adjacent to East Croydon Station, branded as "Ruskin Square. ” The proposed £500m mixed development will consist of 1. 5m sq ft of offices and 600 new homes, and will include £20m of improvements to the station, which includes a new bridge that will be completed in late 2013.
Previous plans for the site, which has been vacant for some years, included plans for a proposed 12, 500 seat concert venue which was eventually rejected.
If you are considering a move to the nearby area, be sure that the Solicitor whom you instruct for your Conveyancing in Croydon reports back on the status of these major development projects, and the affect they may have on your property.