Public Consultation on the draft South Norwood Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

We are now consulting on a new Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) for South Norwood Conservation Area. The consultation runs for 6 weeks from Thursday 6 January to Thursday 17 February. You are invited to comment on the draft CAAMP document, and on proposals to change the boundary of the Conservation Area. 

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

We are inviting the public to review and comment on the document during this consultation. After the consultation, the document will be finalised taking into account comments received. It will then be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be used to guide planning decisions. The full draft document and consultation statement are available to download below. Hard copies are in Croydon Libraries during normal opening hours. 

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

More information

The Draft South Norwood CAAMP is available to download below.

Copies of the Draft South Norwood CAAMP are available at South Norwood Library and Central Croydon Library, and at selected locations on South Norwood High Street. 

A public consultation event will be held at No.241 Norwood, 241 Selhurst Road, London, SE25 6XP on Tuesday 25 January from 5pm to 8pm. There will be a short presentation and display, and Council officers will be on hand to answer questions.

Please note that the public consultation event may change if there is any change in local restrictions. It is recommended that you check this page for any updates closer to the event date.

Explore South Norwood and learn about its stories with our new self-guided heritage walk.

How to comment

You can comment on the proposals during the period of consultation. Please make sure we receive your comments by midnight on Thursday 17 February. They can be submitted by:

  • Completing a questionnaire online.
  • Emailing using the subject heading: ‘South Norwood Conservation Area Review’
  • Posting to: South Norwood Conservation Area Review, Spatial Planning Service, 6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.
  • Attending the public consultation event and completing a questionnaire 

Please indicate in your representations if you would like to be notified of the outcome of the consultation.

Personal data from representations (including names, addresses, and contact details) will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the UK General Data Protection Regulations. Data will only be used for the purposes of the consultation. Names of respondents and representations may be published (in full or summary form) in the Council’s Consultation Report. Contact details will not be shared or published. By making a representation you agree to your data being used in this way.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone who can help, you can contact the Spatial Planning team on 0208 407 1391 during office hours. 


Draft South Norwood CAAMP SPD (PDF, 10MB)

South Norwood CAAMP Consultation Statement (PDF, 212KB)

South Norwood Conservation Area Proposed Boundary Changes (PDF, 1.6MB)