The Croydon Local Plan outlines how the council will provide new homes, promote jobs and encourage growth while protecting and enhancing the borough’s green and open spaces.
Improving infrastructure such as schools, roads, transport hubs, health facilities and employment opportunities for local people, with the aim of strengthening local communities and neighbourhoods and reviving district centres is also at the heart of the plans.
More than 8,000 representations were received during the consultation period earlier this year, helping council planners to shape the blueprint to meet the needs of all of Croydon, ensuring that there is sustainable growth.
As well as protecting the borough’s heritage by ensuring new developments respect and enhance local character and deliver affordable homes, the plan also preserves Croydon’s treasured green spaces, Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land.
New policies protecting garden land, recognising the need for creative and cultural spaces and protecting industrial and employment space are included. The importance of Crystal Palace FC is also recognised, along with new policies to protect pubs and other community facilities.
Cllr Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: "This is an incredibly exciting time for Croydon as it goes through unprecedented growth. We must ensure that this growth is sustainable and that the whole borough benefits from it.
"I am delighted that so many residents got involved during the consultation period and expressed their views on the proposed submission. All comments were considered and have helped us to shape the borough’s future so our neighbourhoods continue to thrive and grow."
The news has been welcomed by the wider business community. Only a few months ago was the borough named as having the UK's fastest-growing economy, attracting growing numbers of technology companies.
According to the latest research by leading accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, Croydon houses more than 1,000 digital, creative and technology companies and these plans are set to stuimulate even more economic growth.