Cultural Quarter appears to be missing from the draft Croydon Old Town Masterplan

New planning guidance on the Croydon Old Town area being adopted by Croydon Council’s Cabinet on Monday 17 November does not appear to have any cross reference to the recent decision by the Cabinet taken to declare part of the area as being in the new Cultural Quarter. Could this cause confusion and potential conflict between different aspects of Council policies?

The draft Masterplan is the outcome of a long drawn out review and consultation inherited from the former Tory administration. The preparatory work involved a Stakeholder Project Board, whose membership did not include any representatives of residents.

The supplementary planning guidance documents involved cover the Town Masterplan SPD and Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans for the three Conservation Areas that lie within Old Town – Central Croydon, Church Street and Croydon Minster (formerly Parish Church).

The documentation is substantial and will take some time to appraise. Having already been consulted before the local elections last May the Cabinet will recommend adoption by the Council at its meeting on 1 December. Given the fact the Cabinet is not open to amending reports that are submitted to it, there is no chance for residents or heritage organisations lobbying for any changes.

The documents can be accessed at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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