Revitalising Croydon’s District Centres

On Tuesday 7 April Croydon Communities Consortium (see previous blog posting) will discuss the Councils regeneration plans for South Norwood.

These plans form part of the Growth Plan the Cabinet adopted on 14 July.  It includes the following section:

‘3.6 Revitalising Our District and Local Centres. Croydon’s district centres have a distinctive style and character – with their independent shops, specialist markets, green spaces and community facilities that help to reinforce Croydon’s reputation as a diverse and interesting place.

3.6.1 Each district will be supported by a broad range of improvements and opportunities. In the autumn a series of engagement roadshows will take place to further understand the challenges and opportunities presented. Each district centre has a unique set of characteristics that must be nurtured and developed sustainably.

3.6.2 Comprehensive regeneration plans are needed for each of these centres to complement growth in the Metropolitan Centre. Priority areas include (but are not limited to) South Norwood including Portland Road, the London Road corridor from Norbury to West Croydon and New Addington Central Parade.

3.6.3 In the north of the borough, the districts are more densely populated and opportunities for growth and improvement come from a range of proposals including the development of the evening economy in Thornton Heath and an established art scene in Crystal Palace that could be further nurtured through more facilities for business creation. Local Implementation Plan funding from TfL that is allocated to Norbury (£1.3m) and South Norwood (£1.5m) for corridors and neighbourhoods which will create a much needed enhancement that will support the local economy.’


A Croydon TUC commentary on the Growth Plan recommended that discussions should begin with residents and other organisations in areas like Norbury, South Norwood and New Addington with a view to establishing joint committees of them and local Councillors to oversee the planning and implementation of expenditure on local regeneration. When the Council held a very well organised meeting for Thornton Heath on 28 March two Council officers put forward the suggestion that it would be helpful to have a Committee to discuss the details of the ideas being developed for that District Centre.


Croydon TUC Growth Plan Report. For more details see:


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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