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UPDATE – Croydon Local Plan – Area Marked for Intensification

**** UPDATE – 10th December 2015 *******

Representatives from Kendra attended the Croydon Local Plan drop-in meeting on 8th December.

In very general terms the Croydon Local Plan does not hold significant changes the Kenley, however in one disturbing development an area around Kenley Station has been identified for “intensification”.

The following photographs were taken of display boards at the meeting, so the image quality is not the best:

CLP display Area for Intensification

The plan refers to an area between Kenley station and Godstone Road (subject to development being safe from flooding for the lifetime of the Plan)

DM31.4  In specific locations identified on the Policies Map to maximise the potential for sustainable growth … the Council will support the intensification of areas which are developable, where there is adequate provision of community infrastructure, good accessibility to public transport and open space and schools, excluding areas with highest level of deprivation in the borough.

Additionally the shopping parade on Old Lodge Lane is not considered to be sustainable:

OLL Shops

We think this means:-

  • Existing shops are not forced to close
  • no additional units can be created
  • The council is supportive of any proposals to convert the shops to other uses (eg residential)
Kendra will be submitting a response to the proposals.
Members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments, which can be done using the submission form on the following Croydon Council website page. Full details of the local plan can also be found on this page.

************ UPDATE ENDS ***************


The Croydon local plan sets out detailed policies regarding housing developments and community facilities. It will directly affect residents of Kenley, so please see the details below regarding the consultation process which is currently underway. Kendra will be attending the consultation and submitting a response if appropriate. The following information has been provided by Croydon Council:

Croydon Local Plan consultation

Why are we doing this?: 
The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies was adopted in April 2013 and sets a vision and framework for the planning of the borough up to 2031. A Partial Review of the Strategic Policies has been undertaken to ensure the borough has an up to date development plan to 2036 and to take account of the Further Alterations to the London Plan, which has increased the borough’s housing requirement. The Partial Review also includes updated evidence on employment policies, community facilities and a move from Local Areas of Special Character to Local Heritage Areas.

The Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals will provide greater planning policy detail to the Strategic Policies, setting out development management planning policies and site allocations for a range of land uses to meet the borough’s growth needs to 2036. The Detailed Policies and Proposals will also ensure a continued focus on the 16 Places of Croydon outlined in the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies. The focus on the 16 Places of Croydon provides detailed context to important and valued character, functions and opportunities for each Place. Once adopted, the Detailed Policies and Proposals will replace the currently saved policies of the Unitary Development Plan (2006).
What do we want to know?: 

16 Places.jpg

Full details of the proposals can be found at and

This consultation is your opportunity to contribute to and shape the Croydon Local Plan up to 2036. Any representations on the Croydon Local Plan (Preferred and Alternative Options) received during the consultation period will inform the Proposed Submission draft which will be published in Summer 2016.

Comments can be made using a representation form which can be downloaded from or or found at the borough’s libraries and Access Croydon.
Any comments or representation forms should be submitted by no later 18 December 2015 and should be sent to or Spatial Planning Service, Bernard Weatherill House, 6th Floor Zone B, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.
You are also invited to attend the drop-in consultation events covering the 16 Places of Croydon (details below).

  • Tuesday 17 November 3.30pm to 8pm- Addington Community Centre, Central Parade, New Addington, CR0 0JB (Addington)
  • Wednesday 25 November 4.30pm to 8pm- St. John’s Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon, CR2 8DD (Sanderstead, Selsdon and Shirley)
  • Saturday 28 November 10am to 2pm- Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, CR0 1EA (on all of Croydon)
  • Wednesday 2 December 3.30pm to 8pm- Christ Church Methodist Church Hall, 114 Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe, CR0 6AD (Croydon Opportunity Area, Broad Green & Selhurst, Waddon, South Croydon and Addiscombe)
  • Tuesday 8 December 3.30pm to 8pm- Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Purley, CR8 3EA (Purley, Coulsdon, Kenley & Old Coulsdon)
  • Wednesday 9 December 4pm to 8pm- South Norwood Methodist Church, Suffolk Road, South Norwood SE25 6EG (Thornton Heath, South Norwood, Woodside, Norbury, Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood)

Click here to read our press release about the Local Plan consultation.

Location/ Coverage:  London Borough of Croydon
Start 06 November 2015
End 18 December 2015
Report available Due 01 July 2016
Reference year 2015
Methods Feedback Forms, Consultation Document, Event – Exhibition
Who can take part? Croydon Panel, All – everyone invited to take part
Topic Area Planning and regeneration

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