Decent homes for all

Oscar Jennings outside his home
We want to make sure Croydon is a place that everyone can call home

The challenge

Across London there are not enough homes to meet housing need. The kind of housing we need is also changing with households getting smaller, an increase in the older population and in the number of people with complex health and social care needs.

A decent home is unaffordable for many residents and our sons and daughters are struggling to find a home of their own. Many people face overcrowding, the threat of eviction, or even homelessness. Thousands of people are on the waiting list for a council house, while the quality of many homes in the private rented sector should be improved.

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What we've done so far

  1. Current planning policy provides for 32,890 new homes to be built by 2036 and requires these meet the needs of residents over their lifetime – 10% should be designed with wheelchair users in mind, 40% should suit people with lower incomes.  For more information on current planning policy and to have your say on the latest Local Plan Review consultation from November, please visit croydon.gov.uk/localplan.
  2. We set up Brick by Brick, a council-owned development company, to build 2,000 new homes by 2022 and 500 each year thereafter. Local people have first access and half will be affordable.
  3. Our multi-agency, award-winning Gateway service has helped over 2,400 families avoid homelessness and provided budgeting support to over 15,000 residents – helping them become more financially independent.
  4. We introduced Croydon’s first Landlord Licensing Scheme to ensure homes in the private rented sector are fit and properly maintained, with secure tenancies. In 2018/19 we served 232 enforcement notices, 21 prohibition orders on landlords and imposed 16 financial penalties. A consultation on renewing the scheme is due to start in November 2019 - to have your say visit getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk.
  5. Local organisations are being invited to bid to develop community-led affordable homes on up to five council-owned sites. The first group chosen, Crystal Palace Community Land Trust, will be building high-quality, low-carbon affordable homes in Upper Norwood.
  6. Croydon Choice - a choice-based lettings scheme - allows those on our housing waiting list to make choices about where they want to live and the type of home that is most suitable for them.
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Crystal Palace Community Land Trust

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