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South Norwood Conservation Area

South Norwood dates back to the 19th century. The railway expansion created a sought-after residential district and by the 1870s the High Street was the focus of local commercial and social activity. Growth was influenced by the inventor and philanthropist, William Stanley. He ran a local factory, funded educational projects, and bequeathed his estate to local schools and students. He also designed and built the Grade II listed Stanley Halls, which is now a local arts and community centre. Today, South Norwood retains much of its fine Victorian architecture and rich history. It is a Conservation Area, meaning that its character and appearance should be preserved and enhanced. 

In 2019, South Norwood was selected to be part of Historic England’s £95 million government-funded High Street Heritage Action Zone programme. We are working with Historic England to deliver a heritage programme designed to reinforce the High Street as the vibrant heart of South Norwood, celebrate local heritage, and breathe new life into it for future generations. 

The new Appraisal and Management Plan

The draft CAAMP has been produced as part of the Heritage Action Zone programme. The document was researched and written by heritage specialists Place Services. It includes:

Part 1 - The Appraisal

A detailed description of the area, its history, and its current character and appearance. This part of the document identifies and highlights characteristics that make South Norwood special. 

Part 2 - The Management Plan

Strategies for future management of the area, including;

  • guidance for maintaining and making changes to buildings
  • guidance for identifying opportunities and actions to enhance the area in the future

Changes to the Conservation Area Boundary

The new CAAMP includes proposals for changes to the boundary of the Conservation Area. These recommendations are based on detailed site assessments and research. They should ensure that the designation covers all areas that are of special interest. You can download a map of the proposed changes below. Details can be found in the draft CAAMP. 

Including properties in the conservation area means that they are recognised as contributing to the area’s special character. We will take this into account when making planning decisions. Other implications are:

  • We have greater control over the demolition of buildings
  • There are changes to permitted development rules
  • There will be tighter controls over advertisements
  • There is a notification process for works to trees


South Norwood CAAMP: July 2022 (PDF, 3.8MB)