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Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces

Why are we doing this?

Croydon is currently undertaking a Partial Review of the Croydon Local Plan, find out more about the Partial Review process here

Local Green Space designation is an extra layer of protection against development for parks and green spaces.

For an area to be identified as a Local Green Space, it has to meet the following criteria from the National Planning Policy Framework:

  • it's reasonably close to the community it services;
  • demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
  • local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

In 2016, as part of the preparation of the Local Plan, we wanted to gain this extra layer of protection for all of Croydon's parks and green spaces that met the criteria. All were put forward, however, none of them were granted the Local Green Space designation as the Planning Inspector felt there was not enough local evidence to prove how these spaces were special/important to local communities, or that they hold any particular local significance.

What do we want to know?

As part of the Local Plan - Partial Review we want to put our parks and green spaces forward for Green Space designation again. To help get this extra layer of protection we want to take the opportunity to gather evidence needed to demonstrate how these spaces are special/important to local communities. To do this, we need Croydon’s communities to tell us how these spaces are used and why they are important.  

It is unlikely that all of the sites mapped in the survey below will successfully gain the designation, however, we know from other local authority planning reviews that evidence from local communities can make all the difference.

You can get involved by completing our survey 'Local Plan Partial Review - Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces' below. Select one of the green spaces from the map and tell us how you use it and why it is important to you. If you would like to tell us about more than one of the mapped spaces, please complete one survey for each space.

If you believe there is a green space in your area that meets the criteria set out above, but is not mapped on the survey, please complete our survey 'Survey 2:Suggest an additional green space'.

The closing date for the surveys is midnight, 22 July 2019.

It is important to note that currently there are no planning applications for any of the parks and green spaces within the survey. As a result of this Partial Review, any that continue to not meet the criteria (as decided by the Planning Inspector) will not gain the additional layer of Local Green Space designation (protection).  Many of the parks and green spaces within the survey already have other designations (protection) i.e. Registered Historic Park, Site of Nature Conservation, London Plan.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Statement

Within this survey we ask for your name and contact details so we can contact you if we need more information about your response.

If you complete this survey and have changed your mind about giving us this data, we’ll remove it. You can do this by emailing the words ‘OPT OUT’ to We’ll extend this for 30 days after the survey has closed.

Further details of Croydon's GDPR guidance can be found here.

What we found out

Thank you for all who took part in providing feedback and/or suggesting green spaces to us.

The sites that have been selected at this stage, can be found within our Issues and Options consultation document found here. 

What difference has it made?

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Project start date
04 Jun 2019
Project end date
Report available by
Due 08 November 2019
Who can take part?
Topic Area
London Borough of Croydon