Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Croydon on 16th June, to look at the impact of large-scale retail development on local regeneration plans.
Croydon’s town centre is a strategic priority for the council. The Local Plan envisions the town centre supporting significant growth, with up to 7,300 additional homes, plus new office and retail space. The area is set to deliver around a third of the new homes needed in the borough.
The Whitgift Centre retail complex has been a significant presence in Croydon town centre since it opened in 1968. After a period of underinvestment in the 80s and 90s, the council has been seeking to comprehensively redevelop the site, and in 2014, granted outline planning permission to The Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between Hammerson and Westfield.
As well as delivering over 152,000 sqm of retail, leisure and community floorspace, the new development will provide up to 600 homes on the site. The Croydon OAPF sees retail core renewal as vital to supporting broader regeneration plans in the area, with the potential to act as a catalyst to renewal on the adjacent high street.
The council has been looking more broadly at how to support enterprise in the borough, and has secured £23m in match funding from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, which will be used to provide up to 100% business rates relief. At a smaller scale, Croydon has been supporting innovative SME workspace projects, including Matthew’s Yard and the Surrey Street Food Hub.
This visit will look at managing large-scale growth; at how major retail developments can engage with local regeneration plans, both physical and social; how to integrate public realm and accessibility improvements with major developments; and strategies for supporting local businesses.
This visit will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, 16 June, from 2.30-4.30PM.
The event is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will confirm if you have secured a spot.