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 saw a decline in the district centre, the local economy and cultural offer has grown over recent years following significant council investment to the High Street, Station Road and Market Parade.  Improvements include new trees, seats, kerbs and paving.

South Norwood Library

Plans to improve South Norwood Library are underway. The new library will be part of a mixed-use development on 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 It will replace the current outdated building around the corner on the junction of Selhurst Road and Lawrence Road.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 new library will be a 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 will have more computers and work spaces and allow for out-of-hours use for additional community activities.

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South Norwood Community Plan

The South Norwood Community Plan was published in November 2018 following four months of engagement with local residents, businesses and community organisations. This was a joint project with We Love SE25, the town team for South Norwood, funded by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Development Fund. The plan provides a framework for future regeneration in South Norwood.
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The GLA have awarded £1.16m funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund which will be match funded by Croydon Council to progress some of the ideas from the Community Plan including:

  • Public realm improvements 
  • Bring back to life empty commercial units to create new retail and work space
  • Improving access to, and the flexibility of, existing community spaces, including: 
    •     Samuel Coleridge Taylor Centre
    •     the existing South Norwood Library building once the service moves to new premises on Station Road
    •     Stanley Halls
    •     Socco Cheta
    •     Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO)
  • Business support and development alongside capacity building for local community networks 
     

Portland Road railway bridge

Michael Grubb Studios were appointed to work with the council and the residents’ group, People for Portland Road, to improve the pedestrian experience to the bridge connecting two main roads in South Norwood. Concept designs were shared with local residents at an event and when the consultation finishes, the winning concept will be shared with the community. Detailed design and discussions with Network Rail will begin shortly with installation planned for autumn 2019.

Proposals for a South Norwood Heritage Action Zone

Work is set to begin next year on a council plan to revitalise South Norwood’s High Street after it successfully bid for major funding from Historic England.

As part of its £1.7m bid, restore run-down Victorian buildings, improve public open spaces, support community education projects and encourage specialist heritage-related apprenticeships.

The proposals include creating an arts and heritage trail through South Norwood and setting up a planning workshop to encourage better-quality development in the area.

Pop-up exhibitions run by the Museum of Croydon are also part of the plans to teach locals about South Norwood’s heritage past and present. In addition, the project aims to encourage young people to explore apprenticeships in the construction and conservation industries and work with community groups to create more public art in South Norwood.

The council is now working on a detailed plan with Historic England to finalise the project, and the exact amount of funding – part of a £95m pot for 69 high streets across the country – will be confirmed in January 2020.

South Norwood boomed in the 19th century with the arrival of the railway, and its centre is predominantly composed of original buildings, dating from the 1840s to 1910, many of which retain their original features. The project’s heritage action zone focuses on upgrading South Norwood’s conservation area which is on Historic England’s At Risk Register.

For further information please contact: Michelle Normanly, Regeneration Manager,

Proposals for a South Norwood Heritage Action Zone

Work is set to begin next year on a council plan to revitalise South Norwood’s High Street after it successfully bid for major funding from Historic England.

As part of its £1.7m bid, restore run-down Victorian buildings, improve public open spaces, support community education projects and encourage specialist heritage-related apprenticeships.

The proposals include creating an arts and heritage trail through South Norwood and setting up a planning workshop to encourage better-quality development in the area.

Pop-up exhibitions run by the Museum of Croydon are also part of the plans to teach locals about South Norwood’s heritage past and present. In addition, the project aims to encourage young people to explore apprenticeships in the construction and conservation industries and work with community groups to create more public art in South Norwood.

The council is now working on a detailed plan with Historic England to finalise the project, and the exact amount of funding – part of a £95m pot for 69 high streets across the country – will be confirmed in January 2020.

South Norwood boomed in the 19th century with the arrival of the railway, and its centre is predominantly composed of original buildings, dating from the 1840s to 1910, many of which retain their original features. The project’s heritage action zone focuses on upgrading South Norwood’s conservation area which is on Historic England’s At Risk Register.

For further information please contact: Michelle Normanly, Regeneration Manager, michelle.normanly@croydon.gov.uk

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