Croydon is changing and growing rapidly and we are committed to making sure everyone can benefit from investment in the borough. Already London’s second most populous borough, Croydon’s population is expected to reach 445,000 by 2031. 

Building new homes

One priority is building the new homes people need and a modern infrastructure to support growth in the number of new jobs and businesses.

Putting investment in to our culture

Culture is at the heart of our regeneration. Plans to develop our cultural spaces and events sit alongside the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls. Nurturing the talent and ambition of our young population will help develop the skills and jobs Croydon needs to be an exciting and creative local economy.

Transport around Croydon

Working with Network Rail and Transport for London we want to make sure residents, visitors and commuters can get into and around the borough easily and more sustainably. Improved public spaces throughout the borough can encourage walking and cycling and be places people want to enjoy and spend time in.

Distinct areas and the Local Plan

Map of croydon borough showing the 16 district places

London’s largest geographical borough is made up of many distinct areas – from South Norwood and Thornton Heath in the north, down to Purley and Coulsdon in the south. The Local Plan aims to respect local character and distinctiveness whilst building the new homes and improved social infrastructure needed. 

Read more about the 16 distinct places described in the Local Plan and the opportunities for district regeneration.

Establishing Croydon as the premier business location

Fast transport links to Central London, Gatwick Airport and the south coast means Croydon is an attractive destination for business and already home to many major employers including HMRC, the Green Energy Network and EDF Energy. Establishing Croydon as the premier business location in South London – with ambitions to become a world-class digital and Smart City – will create more jobs and support a thriving local economy.

Outside the West End, Croydon has more shops in one location than anywhere else in London. We know that retail centres across the country compete with neighbouring destinations, as well as online shopping, and must continue to improve their offer. 

Croydon town centre investment

A £5.25 billion investment programme means developments are on site across the opportunity area in Croydon town centre. The Croydon Partnership is expected to start work on the £1.4 billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre into a flagship retail destination with more than 300 shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities.

The growth zone is a partnership between Central Government, Croydon Council, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to finance and deliver a 12-year, £525 million redevelopment programme, which is essential to facilitate growth in Croydon town centre.