The historical importance of grounds once owned by Archbishops of Canterbury are to be recognised and protected, if proposals to revise a council planning document are approved.
Croydon Council is proposing to expand the Addington Village Conservation Area, reflecting the area’s heritage. It would include Addington Palace and its grounds, which has associations with Henry VIII in the 1500s and was a country residence for Archbishops of Canterbury in the 19th Century.
The conservation area would also include the former stables, built in 1829 as part of Archbishop Howley’s improvements and expansion of the palace estate, which are now part of Addington Palace Golf Clubhouse. Stable Lodge, South Lodge and Roxton Gardens will also be within the new boundary.
Some areas where development that does not relate to the historical development of the area will also be removed.
The former stables and Stable Lodge would also be added to Croydon’s Local List, which is made up of buildings and structures within Croydon considered by the public and council as having special local architectural or historic interest.
The conservation area, if adopted, will become Addington Conservation Area to reflect the proposed changes and increased size. The special architectural and historic character of the expanded area would be set out in a new Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP), which also provides information about how the area should be managed in future.
This document will become a statutory planning document, meaning it will be given weight as a planning consideration when applications within the boundary are submitted.
Representations on the draft Addington Conservation Review can be made from today (18 April) until 30 May.
“The proposed extension of the conservation area in Addington is part of our strong commitment to protecting our historic open spaces and places.
“Addington Village and its landmarks are of great historical and architectural importance to Croydon. The grounds around Addington Palace were laid out by the famous Capability Brown. The grandeur of the palace reflects the power and wealth of the church and the long standing connections between the Archbishops of Canterbury and Croydon.
“It is important though that we are now also protecting the equally historically interesting domestic and support buildings that helped to keep the Princes of the Church in the grand style they expected. As we see Croydon to continue to grow to meet the needs of the people it is important we conserve our history for future generations.
“I encourage people to submit their comments on this conservation review and help the council to protect our important local heritage.”
Councillor Paul Scott, cabinet lead for planning and regeneration
More information, including the proposed document, can be found here and the public are invited to an engagement event, at Addington Church Hall on 9 May between 4pm and 8pm.
Hard copies of the document will be available for viewing in all libraries including New Addington Library and Croydon Central Library, along with Access Croydon. The display from the engagement event will also be available to view in the Clocktower between 11 and 18 May.
Representations can be made online, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title Addington Conservation Area Review or by posting to Spatial Planning Service, 6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA.
Any comments will be considered, with amendments made where appropriate. It is likely the document will be adopted in the autumn.