As most will be fully aware, proposals have been put forward to build a new Crystal Palace on the park top site. The deal would involve around £400m for the new building and £100m to refurbish the park in line with the designs of the existing Master Plan. Last week the council agreed to enter into an exclusivity deal with Mr Ni and his ZhongRong group from China to allow them to further develop their plans.
The proposal means that a lease would be given to Mr Ni for the park. He would develop the top site with his new Crystal Palace building. Details of what this would include are not finalised but it would include a large area of public access and exhibition space. The rest of the park would also remain for public use.
There is a substantial discussion on these proposals on the Virtual Norwood web site. …
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