The Croydon skyline is about to get a bit more crowded

That is because nearly 200 new homes are about to be built in the middle of Croydon

In December last year, developers Telereal Trillium submitted a planning application to turn the former Department for Work and Pensions building in East Croydon's Dingwall Road into 181 homes.

Now those plans have been approved.

Development director at Telereal Trillium, Duncan Brisbane said there will be room for more than homes at the new site.

“Telereal Trillium endeavours to work closely with local councils to produce high quality plans that will enhance existing areas and are sensitive to their surroundings," he said.

"We feel that this development will be a fantastic addition to Croydon offering homes for new and existing residents, and new facilities for the existing community.

"We look forward to turning these plans into reality in the near future.”

As well as the 181 homes, the developers ate hoping to turn the ground, first and second floors into a mix of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Despite the large number of new homes, there will be little to no parking built as it will be a car-free development apart from eight disabled spaces.

There is no word yet on when construction work will begin.