Postcodes: CR0, CR2, CR3, CR4, CR5, CR6, CR7, CR8, SE25, SE19, SW16, SE20
Croydon has the largest population of all London Boroughs. With 375,000 square metres of retail space Croydon has one of the biggest shopping centres outside of the West End. It is also one of the biggest service, leisure and entertainment centres outside Central London. When you add to that 1 million square metres of new office space in the planning, design and development stages, it is unsurprising the Mayor of London has designated Croydon an area of opportunity.
Get Planning and Architecture has overseen a number of successful projects in the London borough of Croydon. Our team of experts have worked on a wide range of projects here, and are familiar with the Local Planning Authority.
Croydon Planning & Conservation Areas
Conservation areas are sites of historical or architectural importance. Building and redevelopment can be a more complex process due to more planning regulations and constraints applying within such areas. However our highly trained staff have the expertise to address more challenging planning and design issues. We achieve the aims of our clients both on an aesthetic and functional level whilst adhering to regulations set out by the local planning authority.
Croydon conservation areas:
Addington Village, Kenley Aerodrome, Beulah Hill, Norbury Estate, Bradmore Green, Norwood Grove, Central Croydon Parish Church, Chapman Houses, Croham Manor Road, St. Bernards, Chatsworth Road, South Norwood, Church Road, Upper Norwood, The Waldrons, Church Street, Croydon, The Webb Estate and Upper Woodcote Village, East India Estate, Upper Norwood Triangle, Harold Road, Wellesley Road (North)
Planning in Croydon
Eight areas form Croydon as a whole. These are: Coulsdon, Crystal Palace, New Addington, Norbury, Purley, Selsdon, South Norwood and Thornton Heath.
In the 2011 census it was estimated there were approximately 363,000 residents and around 145,000 households in the London Borough of Croydon. However since then the number of properties has risen yet further. London Datastore, a Government website, carried out research which was published in December 2015. It showed that the number of properties has increased to 150,680.
There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the housing shortage and inadequate homes within London. At Get Planning and Architecture Ltd, we understand these issues. We have an excellent knowledge of the Borough and our team has completed the planning and design of a number of buildings and developments in Camden as well as throughout London. Our projects have included shops, homes and offices.
We have the skills to take our clients from the initial architectural planning and design stages through to the completed development, dealing with all issues that may arise. For example, we have won a high level of successful appeals when residents have initially been refused planning permission.
Croydon Planning Applications & Appeals
Weekly, there are approximately 70 planning applications and around 10 appeals lodged where permission is refused by Croydon’s local planning authority. Get Planning liaises closely with the local planning authority ensuring all regulations are followed. However planning permission can be refused for a variety of reasons. For example there can be more constraints when applying in conservation areas, listed buildings or where heritage statements are involved. However our team has had considerable success in winning planning appeals.
According to an article published in May in the Telegraph online, Croydon is included in one of 31 hotspots for people looking to set up home. With buyers unable to afford the cost of properties in London and wanting more for their money they are now looking at locations a little further out. Croydon offers this as well as excellent links to central London for commuters.
The average cost of a property in Croydon is now £343,578. This is an increase of 53% over the last ten years and is set to rise even more. However, with the price of a similar property in central London exceeding the £1 million mark it is unsurprising that Londoners are looking to buy further afield. This makes Croydon an ideal area for property developers and anyone looking to invest.
A meeting was held on May 18th to discuss proposals for a range of new building projects within the London Borough of Croydon. The proposed plans include a group of 4 tower blocks in the town centre and the construction of a large number of new homes.
Planning permission is being sought by the developer HUB to create 514 new flats within the towers. This development would be located where the Council’s Taberner House offices used to be next to Queen Gardens. The towers would vary in height between 13 and 35 storeys high.
Brick by Brick, the Council’s development company, have also submitted a series of applications to construct dozens of houses and flats within Croydon.
At the start of the meeting there was a development presentation which included plans to demolish the popular arts hub, Matthews Yard, currently based at 5 – 9 Surrey Street. In its place a commercial space and a further 45 flats would be erected.
A decision on this particular application has not yet been made. At the planning meeting last Thursday, the applicants told the planning committee they have however made a proposal for a similar use space to the one Matthews Yard presently occupies within their planning proposal.
Croydon Contact Information
Croydon – Local Planning Authority
London Borough of Croydon
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA
For more information, visit www.croydon.gov.uk