Croydon Nears Meeting New Homes Target for Opportunity Area

The number of residential units which have either been built, are under construction or are awaiting a start on site is 9,746 just short of the proposed target of 10,650 in the Local Plan which is going to public inquiry.

I recently requested under Freedom of Information the number of residential units approved under GPDO, LDC and planning applications in (a) the Town Centre, (b) the Croydon Opportunity Area since 1 January 2010, stating the breakdown between those for: (a) sale, (b) private rent, (c) ‘affordable’ rent, (d) ‘affordable’ ownership, (e) shared ownership and (f) other categories. These are the figures that have been provided to me. 

The number of residential units approved under GPDO, LDC and planning applications in

(a) The Town Centre – 9,220

(b) The Croydon Opportunity Area – 9,746

Since 1 January 2010, the breakdown between those is as follows:

Town Centre:

(a) Private rent – 3,529

(b) Affordable rent – 298

(c) Intermediate rent – 324

(d) Social rent – 12

Croydon Opportunity Area:

(a)  Private rent – 3,848

(b) Affordable rent – 378

(c) Intermediate rent – 346

(d) Social rent – 46

 The number of completions

Town Centre – 1,906
Croydon Opportunity Area – 2,167

The number of units currently under construction

Town Centre- 2,315
Croydon Opportunity Area- 2,351

The number of units awaiting a start on site

Town Centre- 2,650

Croydon Opportunity Area- 2,772

If the up to 1,000 homes proposed for the new Westfield  Centre is approved then the target will be met. Will this mean that Council will put a moratorium on any more approvals for new homes in the Opportunity Area, until it seems whether the schemes that have not yet started on site are started?


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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