Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do you need to move out of the Jubilee Stand of the NSC? 

The College’s lease on the Jubilee Stand is coming to an end. The GLA are planning to clear the site and has not yet decided on what will replace it.  

Why are you no longer proposing a new building next to the Crystal Palace Museum on Anerley Hill? 

Since we originally consulted on our proposals for Crystal Palace Park, the College have acquired (in January 2020) our new site at Mottingham. The extra teaching space here means we no longer need the new building we had proposed for Anerley Hill.

Are the sites in the Green Belt? 

Neither site is in the Green Belt. Both the Crystal Palace Park and Mottingham sites are classified as Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), which is why we have designed our proposals sensitively and in a way that minimises the amount of extra built form we are creating. 

Where do your students come from?  

The college attracts a very diverse range of students (and staff), including mature students who are seeking a career change and want to do something more practical, as well as setting 16-18 year olds on their career path. 

Who makes the decision on the application? 

The council’s planning team will analyse all the application documents and plans that will be submitted as part of the application. All these will be available to view on the council’s website once the application has been submitted. 

The summary of their analysis will be presented to a group of elected councillors – the Planning Committee. At a meeting open to the public, they will hear a summary of the application from the planning officers and will also hear from supporters and objectors. They will then decide whether or not the application should be approved. 

The meeting will either be online or in person depending on the situation at the time. 

Will your proposals for Crystal Palace Park and Mottingham be submitted as a single planning application? 

No, these are separate sites and will be subject to separate planning applications.  

However, we see both sites as being part of a single South East London campus for Capel Manor College: they will be operated as a single, cohesive operation while keeping their own distinctive identities. 

What has happened to Bromley Council’s outline application for the Crystal Palace Park regeneration? 

This application is still under consideration by the council. It includes outline plans for our farm site, but we will still need to submit our own detail planning application.  

When will the application be submitted to the council and when will the decision be made? 

We expect to submit the applications to Bromley Council within the coming weeks. The council are expected to take up to 13 weeks to make a decision on the applications. 

Will there be parking? 

The Crystal Palace Park farm site will not include any on-site parking. 

The Mottingham site will include a car park, as it has now, with a clear separation between parking for visitors and staff. 

Capel Manor College have a sustainable travel policy and we encourage our staff and students to use public transport wherever possible. 

How will students get between the Mottingham and Crystal Palace sites?

The College will run a shuttle minibus system between the two sites. Some students will only need to attend one of the sites and will make their own way there. 

When will construction start?  

The date that construction starts depends when the local council make their decision.  
We expect a final decision from the local council in summer 2021. If permission is granted, this could result in construction starting in autumn 2021. 

Will construction be noisy?

Modern construction methods tend to be less noisy than in the past. Whilst there will inevitably be some disturbance, the hours of operation will be limited by the council to 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.  

The selected contractor will be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 

I am unable to make the online Q&A sessions. Will there be an opportunity to view them at a later date?

Yes, the online Q&A sessions will be made available on this website shortly after the final event.

Are there any other ways I can have my say on the proposals?

Yes, please call our freephone number 0800 955 1042 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email us at or write to our freepost address Freepost RTXU-JGSR-KHLE, Your Shout, 28 China Works, SE1 7SJ. Bromley Council will also hold their own statutory consultation, following the submission of the planning applications.

What happens after the Q&A events?

Following the Q&A events we will review all of the feedback received and this will help us as we finalise our plans.

We will submit planning applications for both sites to Bromley Council in spring 2021; the council will then carry out its own consultations before deciding whether to grant planning permission.