'Olympic scale' plans to transform Croydon include creating thousands of jobs and homes

Croydon town centre could be transformed if plans are approved.

Croydon town centre could be transformed if plans are approved.

First published in Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Wimbledon

Thousands more jobs and homes could soon be coming to Croydon as part of an ‘Olympic scale’ plan to transform the area.

Ideas set to be discussed include creating 16,000 more jobs across the borough, kick-starting the building of 9,500 homes and re-vitalising district centres.

The Croydon Council plans also hope to attract a major university to the area, build more affordable homes, support a creative sector by way of Croydon Tech City and investing in broadband infrastructure.

The council said at the heart of the proposals, known as the Growth Plan, is re-establishing Croydon as London’s premier retail and leisure destination, and as outer London’s prime office centre.

Councillor Toni Letts, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Croydon is embarking on an accelerated regeneration programme of Olympic 2012 proportions which will transform the town centre and surrounding district centres.

“The growth of our borough will create jobs and homes, and this plan ensures that the council is leading from the front in delivering these opportunities which will have widely felt benefits for our residents.”

The council’s cabinet will consider the Growth Plan at its meeting on Monday, July 14.

The next step will be in September when the cabinet considers A Promise and Places Plans for each part of the borough, which will set out in more detail how these challenges will be approached and where the priority investments will be.

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