Croydon Council’s ambitious regeneration programme has adopted a holistic and sustainable approach, which aims to deliver not only a modern local economy but affordable and desirable housing, set within a culturally rich environment.
As part of a wider programme to deliver 10,500 new homes in Croydon over the next five years, the council has set up a private development company, Brick by Brick, committed to deliver 1,000 new homes by 2019, with affordable housing on all of its sites.
There are over 95 primary and 21 secondary schools in Croydon; almost all of which are judged to be good or outstanding schools by OFSTED. Over the last few years many schools have seen permanent expansions – all part of the council’s multi-million pound school-building programme, which is the largest in the country. The next five years will see a further £160m investment which will build five additional schools, providing 6,000 extra places by 2020.
The council is currently working with NHS England, NHS Property Services, London HUDU, Croydon Health Services and Croydon CCG to identify suitable sites for primary healthcare provision. There is a need for additional healthcare facilities across the borough’s GP networks to accommodate the predicted population growth and to address existing floorspace shortfalls.
This equates to: East Croydon – 3,830 sqm; Mayday-1,800sqm; Thornton Heath-2,360sqm; Woodside/Shirley- 2,560sqm; New Addington/Selsdon- 2,220sqm; Purley-3,170sqm. Across these networks, 26 GPs will be needed by 2021, with a demand for an additional 36 GPs between 2022 and 2031.
A number of suitable sites have been identified. The CCG’s Interim Estates Strategy, in conjunction with the Local Plan review has also identified three key opportunities: options for a new health facility in Croydon Town Centre; a new health care centre in New Addington (project underway); and a new health facility in Coulsdon.
A multi-million pound regeneration programme is being delivered across 6 district centres in the borough (New Addington, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Ashburton, Purley and Coulsdon). The programme will help enhance the public realm and open spaces, develop facilities and amenities and provide support to local business to improve the economic stability in the areas.
As part of the district centre regeneration programme, a modern community and leisure centre, and new housing will be delivered in New Addington. The development will radically transform Central Parade and includes a new multi-level leisure centre with extended sports and leisure facilities, and an efficient community space.
See http://www.croydon.gov.uk/regeneration for further information and details of other regeneration projects in the borough.