Croydon Corporation Act

Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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Central government does nothing for Croydon

Posted on April 22nd, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

Neglected, screwed-over – Croydon’s history with central government is not a happy one, says James Naylor. What does that mean for the election?

In the 19th century, Croydon was the largest place in Britain not to be a county borough, failing to be granted the status until 1889, after which it had already exploded in size and commercial importance. Today, it is the largest … Read More »

Traces of Croydon

Posted on February 17th, by Rossella Scalia in Politics & Society. No Comments

Rossella Scalia reflects on Croydon’s evolution and sets the scene for what’s yet to come

“People who do not know better would describe Croydon as a suburb of London; indeed within the last few years it has been officially incorporated in the Greater London area. But it is in essence a Surrey town with something of a provincial character: it is only about ten miles … Read More »