Agency study finds support for park plans

Most people support proposals to revamp Crystal Palace Park, according to an analysis by the London Development Agency.

Around 3,600 have taken part in the exercise so far, with some proposals gaining as much as 90 per cent support, the agency reported. But it admitted that plans for housing on parkland have proved controversial.

London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark Valerie Shawcross said "On one side you have people who do not want to see any housing, while on the other you have people who want the benefits that development would bring to the town centre."

But Crystal Palace Community Association chairman John Payne said: "We are unaware of any other park in the country that has a regeneration strategy based on selling itself off."

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