The Lawns

The Lawns, Croydon, SE19 3TS
Triangular site compromising a grass covered plot with vehicular turning head which serves The Lawns. Available on a 125-year lease, subject to planning
Ideal for: 
Proposals for 100% affordable community-led housing required.
London Borough of Croydon
Site area: 
0.33 acres approx
Site status: 
Submissions under review


The site as shown indicatively edged red on the site plan measures approximately 0.33acres (0.1332 hectares). 


The site comprises a grass covered plot with vehicular turning head which serves The Lawns. There are two mature trees towards the south-eastern tip of the site. The site is adjacent to The Lawns public highway along the northern boundary, with residential gardens to the south and a two-storey-plus-roof residential development to the west.


The site is situated on The Lawns, off Spa Hill in Upper Norwood and is located approximately one mile south west of the Crystal Palace triangle, and three miles north of Croydon town centre.


There is convenient access into central London and the M25 via the nearby A23 (two miles from the site). The site is equidistant from Gypsy Hill, Crystal Palace and Thornton Heath railway stations (1.5 miles) providing direct access to central London and the south east. The site benefits from close proximity to a number of bus stops serving multiple destinations nearby. The surrounding area comprises predominantly residential uses with shops and amenities located just west of the site on Spa Hill. 


Download The Lawns Particulars (pdf 2.6MB)

Technical information

Information Pack: The following information can be requested by emailing [email protected].

  • Croydon Council Community-Led Housing Cabinet Paper
  • Land Registry Title Register
  • Search of the Land Registry Index Map
  • Register of Local Land Charges
  • Site Investigation Summary Report
  • Aerial Map
  • Ordnance Survey Map
  • Site Planning Policy Review
  • Topographical survey (.pdf and .dwg formats)
  • BT Infrastructure Search
  • Virgin Media Infrastructure Search
  • Thames Water Drainage and Water Search
  • Southern Gas Networks Search
  • UKPN Infrastructure Search
  • Highways Map
  • Indicative Programme Template and Guidance
  • Upper Norwood Local Ward Profile


Site Planning Policy Review: The site is not allocated for a specific use and is not situated within a Conservation Area, Housing Zone, Opportunity Area or District Centre. It has a Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL) rating of 2. There are no active planning applications or permissions for a change of use or redevelopment of the site at present.


▼ The Technical Information and Planning Statement can be requested by emailing [email protected].

Legal information

Report on title: The site is held freehold by The Mayor and Burgesses of The London Borough of Croydon and forms part of title number SGL629566. The London Borough of Croydon will grant a 125-year lease over the plot. The title register can be requested as part of the Information Pack, although purchasers will be expected to rely on their own enquires in relation to title matters.


The Legal Information can be requested by emailing [email protected].

Contractual documents

The site is available on a 125-year lease, subject to a satisfactory planning permission, and demonstrating finance, as part of an agreement to lease.

We are seeking subject to planning offers via informal tender.

Offers are sought from eligible groups to deliver community-led housing, as defined by three core principles:

  • A requirement that meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the process. The community does not have to initiate and manage the development process, or build the homes themselves, though some do.
  • The local community owns, manages or stewards the homes and does so in a manner of their choosing.
  • A requirement that the benefits of the scheme to the local area and/or specified community group are clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity e.g. through an asset lock.

Proposed schemes are expected to be residential led and should provide 100% affordable housing. The expectation is that all the homes built on this site will be genuinely affordable as defined in 3.10 of the London Plan. Croydon Council will only consider disposing of the site to an entity which falls within the definition contained in section 79(1)(d) of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008. 


The contracts are non-negotiable, except for any sections in square brackets where proposals will inform details. 


Download The Lawns Contract Documents (pdf 0.3MB)

How to submit your proposal

We are looking for proposal from eligible groups to deliver community-led housing, subject to planning and in line with the contracts, which bring creative ways of building 100% affordable, community-led housing.

▼ Download the Bid Pack Guidance Document, Bid Scoring Criteria and Proforma. (7.6MB)

  • Prepare your proposals following the guidance, including the background of your team, and your approach to delivering indicative proposals

  • Email your proposal to [email protected] clearly stating the site address in the email subject heading. 


Deadline for submissions: Monday 29thJuly 2019 at Noon.

Viewings and contact information

The site can be viewed externally from The Lawns. Site visits are undertaken at your own risk.


There will be site visit organised by the London Borough of Croydon, 13th June 6:00 - 7:30PM


If you have any queries or require further information, please contact: [email protected]