The new Local Plan for Croydon: Background information

This sets out the background to why Croydon Council is consulting on a change to its Local Plan, the planning documents that provide the rules on what can and can’t be built, and where it can and can’t in Croydon. The next post will have more detailed changes about Addiscombe.

Consultation Periods for comments: 6th Nov to 18 Dec 2015. Length set be planning law.

How to Respond?

Email: Download the Representation Form at: , complete and return to Croydon Council at

Post: to Spatial Planning Service, Zone B, 6th floor, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1AE

Why have a Local Plan?: If Councils and local communities want to have a say in local planning decisions, then it needs to have a robust and up to date local planning document, that conforms to the Central Govt and Mayor of London guidance. Basically, this means we need to show that Croydon’s local planning guidance can withstand scrutiny from the Govt appointed Planning Inspector.

Relevant documents: There are three documents to comment on. One is a revised version from 2013, the other two are new.

A) The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) – (Originally agreed 2013, comments on tracked changes only)

B) The Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) – (can comment on the whole document)

C) The Croydon Local Plan: Policies Map (helps explains the previous documents in graphical form)


A) The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options)

In 2013, the previous Council Administration agreed the draft The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies”: This set out the following:

Reasons why The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies proposals have been changed:

Since 2013 Mayor of London, who oversees planning in London via the “London Plan”, which the Croydon Plan has to be in conformity with, has increased the amount of homes that he expects Croydon to supply every year. Target has been increased by just over 300 a year extra, and Croydon has been set a new target of 1,435 homes a year: 31,750 homes by 2036.

Other reasons

  • Optimise housing supply through increased densities in centres and sustainable growth of the suburbs
  • Identify Neighbourhood Centres
  • Review of employment locations / employment protection policies
  • Introduction of East Croydon office retention area
  • New Local Heritage Areas
  • Archaeological Priority Areas Review

Where will the new housing comes from between 2016-36?:

Croydon Opportunity Area: 9,500 homes (up from 7,300)

Windfall / Sustainable Growth of the Suburbs: 10,500 Homes, (up from 6,900)

Urban sites beyond Croydon Opportunity Area: 9,000 Homes (up from 5,600)

Biggest area of growth will be in the District and Town Centres: this is where there are good transport links and will help sustain local shops and business. Will also see more homes in the Town Centres. Issue of contention is over the growth of the suburbs. Will mean that areas previously protected such as Selsdon, Sanderstead, Kenley, and even parts of Shirley are likely to see more new homes.


B) The Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) –

Why needed:

This provides the detailed proposals that arises as a result of the policies set out in the first document. This document set out the following:

  • Updated development management planning policies
  • Include site proposals (land use allocations) to meet the growth in CLP1.1 – Strategic Policies – Partial Review:
  • Need for more new Housing – including higher % of affordable housing, and provision of new Travellers sites
  • New Schools (primary and secondary)
  • New Health facilities

Other policy changes of note:

  • Identification of opportunity areas for renewal / growth
  • High quality homes with amenity space
  • Housing Standards and Building Regs
  • New tech, cultural and creative enterprise centres
  • Employment Tier 4 policy changes
  • Greater protection for Local Green Spaces
  • Stronger policies and links to Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
  • Restrictions on hot food / take-away units
  • Pub protection policy
  • Restrictive care home policy to align with need
  • Place Specific Policies: The document is also broken down by the 16 Places and so there are specific sections on Addiscombe, which effectively covers both Addiscombe and Ashburton Wards. The boundaries of the 16 place are purposely blurred, so some roads, such as Cherry Orchard Road, may come under two plans.

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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