Conservative Candidate for Crystal Palace & Anerley Ward, Penny Jones, has welcomed the award of planning permission for the restoration of the historic Grade II* listed Crystal Palace Subway.
The plans, which were passed unanimously, by Conservative-led Bromley Council mark an important step forward in protecting this much-loved Bromley landmark. The planned make-over takes inspiration from the original structure and is due to encompass sensitive restoration of existing masonry, construction of new parapet walls and installation of a protective glass roof structure.
Installation of the glass roof will allow the restored subway to act as an indoor ‘multifunctional space’ able to serve the needs of the community as well as local businesses for many years to come. The popular local attraction, which first opened in 1865, has had a colourful history escaping damage during the Crystal Palace Fire and also featuring in a 1996 Chemical Brother’s video. The subway fell into disrepair following the war and is now deemed ‘heritage at risk’.
Planning approval for the restoration project is the culmination of years of hard-work within Bromley Council and is a tangible demonstration of the Council’s strong commitment to preserving local heritage and protecting the special character of Crystal Palace. The estimated £3.2 million costs of the work will be funded by grants of £2.3 million from the City of London, £500,000 from Historic England as well as contributions from Friends of Crystal Palace Subway
“I am delighted that planning approval has been granted for the restoration of Crystal Palace Subway. This excellent project is a sensitive restoration of a much-loved local landmark and a clear demonstration of local Conservative’s commitment to protecting the special character of Crystal Palace and community assets like the subway.
This design being proposed is well thought out and in keeping with the history of the subway. I am really excited to see work start and for the subway to return to public use. This popular attraction will bring new visitors to the area which is great news for local shops and traders in the area”.