Growing Debate on Regeneration of Croydon

With less than a month to the start of the Westfield/Hammerson development CPO Inquiry on 3 February there is growing comment on the redevelopment of Croydon.

Architecture author John Grindrod reviews an old television documentary and sees some interesting warnings for the town’s present day regeneration.

Inside Croydon adds more detail about the documentary at

It also looks at warnings from the USA on retail centres:

Andrew Kennedy of Croydon Transition Town comments that ‘One of the claimed community benefits of the Westfield Hammerson development is supposed to be additional “public” space on the roof of the new buildings but it won’t really be public. Here’s the test !!!’ referring to

Meanwhile there is a proposed flyover at Fiveways:

As rents continue to rise in Croydon and elsewhere in London so there is a call for a cap on rents that can be charged:

The Council’s proposed selective landlord scheme is now going to consultation with surrounding Boroughs:

An assessment of the impact of the Westfield scheme on Shepherd’s Bush is at

A plain guide to the planning system can be seen at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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