London Borough of Croydon

About South Norwood

South Norwood is located 3 miles north east of Croydon town centre, with Norwood Junction railway station at the heart of the High Street - the busiest station outside of central Croydon. It benefits from a number of attractive green open spaces including South Norwood Country Park, South Norwood Lake and Grounds and South Norwood Recreation Ground. The BRIT School is notable for its famous performing alumni and nearby Selhurst Park is home to Crystal Palace Football Club.

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South Norwood has a distinct character and feel – it’s a diverse place with a strong sense of community.  Whilst recent decades have seen the district centre decline significant council investment has been made in the last few years to improve the High Street, Station Road and Market Parade and there is now evidence of a growing local economy and cultural offer.  The public realm scheme completed in Spring 2018 included the removal of old street furniture and lighting, installing trees and seats and new kerbs and paving.

The council supported the local community to develop a Community Economic Development Plan (CEDP). Published by ‘We Love SE25’ in May 2017, the plan identifies key projects that they would like to see brought forward.

As part of the council's plan to give more responsibilities to local communities, South Norwood is a pilot area with a specific focus on economic growth and physical regeneration.  The team behind the Community Economic Development Plan have now formalised We Love SE25 into a constituted “town team” to work with the council to deliver the CEDP and other regeneration initiatives in the area.

We Love SE25 will be holding a launch event on Saturday 2 June 2018 in Station Road. We will update these pages with information on how to get involved in community engagement activities being organised by the council over the summer.

South Norwood Library

Plans for an improved library facility in South Norwood were announced by the Council last November. The £500,000 proposal would be part of a mixed-use development on a vacant site in Station Road. It will replace the current outdated building around the corner on the junction of Selhurst Road and Lawrence Road.

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The site is part of the council’s home-building programme which will see 1,000 new houses and flats created across the borough.  The proposed new library would be purpose-built, flexible space, with everything on one floor rather than the current five.  It will have the same number of books as the current library, however it would also offer more computers, more work spaces, and also allow for out-of-hours use for additional community activities.

Consultation on the library closed in January – 422 people responded to the online survey and more information on the library, including the detailed findings of the engagement survey, can be found at

Portland Road Bridge

In March 2018 Council invited submissions for a new £50,000 art installation for the Portland Road railway bridge. Portland Road is a major road close to South Norwood High Street and Norwood Junction station. The rail bridge was constructed from brick and iron girders in 1845 and carries the London-to-Brighton mainline as well as London Overground services.

The ambition is to transform a dark, damp and unwelcoming underpass into a bright and inviting place by creating an artwork which incorporates the existing 1980s mural. The project, initiated by local community group People for Portland Road and backed by We Love SE25, is aiming to create a space that feels welcoming, safe and engaging to pass through.

The selected artist will start working with the community on the project over the summer of 2018.

Community Hub

Croydon Council is looking for an organisation to take on the management of Socco Cheta on behalf of the local community, to provide a facility that will form part of the “Community Hub” envisaged in South Norwood’s Community Economic Development Plan (published by We Love SE25 in May 2017).  Socco Cheta is a council owned, former Youth Service facility located on Portland Road in South Norwood. The successful organisation will need to be financially sustainable to meet its business plan and cover all costs, but must run the building for the benefit of the community. Croydon Council and We Love SE25 wish to see a facility that is open and attractive to all sectors of a very diverse and multicultural community.  For further information, please download the brief below.

If you’d like to visit Socco Cheta and check out the space, join us at the open days below. The council welcomes cooperative/partnership proposals, so these are opportunities to meet other community groups and making connections.

Saturday 16 June 14:00 to 16:00

Tuesday 19 June 16:00 to 19:00

Wednesday 27 June 18:00 to 21:00 Meet other groups interested in using and managing the space and discuss partnerships

Revised deadline for proposals Monday 16 July 2018. Please email to


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