Croydon’s Local Plan, which sets out the borough’s growth and development vision over the next 20 years, has been given approval by the planning inspector, with a final decision on its adoption to be made next month.
The independent planning inspector, who was appointed by the Secretary of State, concludes the Strategic Policies – Partial Review and the Detailed Policies and Proposals are sound documents for the planning of the borough. Formally published today, the inspector’s report can be viewed in full here.
It details how the council will provide 32,880 new homes across the borough, with a minimum requirement of 30% of new homes on larger sites to be affordable. The plan has policies around preserving Croydon’s cherished green spaces as well as outlining how the sustainable growth of the borough’s suburbs will be achieved. The Croydon Local Plan also details how infrastructure such as schools, roads, transport hubs and health facilities will be improved, and how local communities and neighbourhoods will be strengthened by reviving district centres through the support of local shops, services and community facilities. The decision on whether the local plan is adopted will be made at the meeting of full council on Tuesday 27 February.
Councillor Alison Butler, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration and Planning, said: “I am delighted the planning inspector has now published his report and welcome the findings which acknowledge the council’s policy approach and ambitions are appropriate and sustainable for Croydon’s future. This is very good news for Croydon. We’ve reached another key milestone in the process of adopting this plan which has been a few years in the making, and I’d like to thank those residents who took time to comment on its content. I look forward to a final decision being made at full council next month.”
To read the inspector’s report in full click here.