Croydon Council's strategic planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission for a residential redevelopment of the Council's former headquarters at Taberner House. 

Under the plans, the existing 19-storey building on Park Lane will be demolished and five new buildings will be constructed, ranging from six to 32 storeys in height. The buildings will comprise 420 flats as well as a cafe and a shop. The adjacent Queens Gardens will be refurbished with new paths, planting and play space. 

Croydon Council occupied the building until September last year when it relocated to new buildings nearby.

The Council's planning officers said in the committee report that the existing use of the site was not protected by policy and that the proposed residential redevelopment of the site was therefore acceptable in principle.

They also said the scheme proposed a "significant improvement" to Queens Gardens through the provision of new facilities. "This is fully supported and a significant benefit of the scheme," the report said.

The Council said development on the site is expected to start in December.