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1 The Croydon Monitoring Report Employment (Local Centres) January 2015

2 The Croydon Local Plan aims to… Maintain the retail vitality and viability of the borough’s Local Centres

3 Maintaining the retail vitality and viability of the borough’s Local Centres Indicator Amount of vacant Class A1 (Retail), A2 (Financial), A3 (Restaurants and Cafes), A4 (Pubs and bars not selling food) and A5 (Hot food takeaways) floor space within Local Centres Target Vacancy level no greater than 12% by 2021 and no greater than 8% by 2031

4 Overview of the borough’s Local Centres The borough’s Local Centres are quite varied although in comparison to District Centres they tend to be less focused on convenience (day-to-day) goods retailing and provide more floor space in the service sector There is no such thing as a typical Local Centre although the one that is closest to average representations of different sectors is Broad Green

5 Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre

6 In 2014 there were 45 Class A units in Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre Of these units, 30 were classified as shops (Class A1), the same as in 2013 Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre In common with other Local Centres it has a high proportion (56%) of floor space in the service sector but, unusually for a Local Centre, it has more floor space dedicated to comparison goods than convenience (day-to-day) retailing

7 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 13% of Class A units and 9% of Class A floor space This is lower than in 2013 when vacancy was 13% of Class A floor space Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre now meets the target level of vacancy for 2021

8 Since 2008 vacancy rates in Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre have fluctuated and they appeared to be stabilising around the 12-13% level before falling again in 2014 Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre

9 Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre

10 A large Local Centre which in 2014 had 85 Class A units, of which 40 were classified as shops (Class A1) Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) is the only Local Centre in Croydon where shops (Class A1) make up less than half of the Class A units In common with Brighton Road (Sanderstead Road) Local Centre over 50% of floor space is dedicated to the service sector and there is more floor space for comparison goods than there is for convenience goods

11 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 12% of Class A units and 11% of Class A floor space This is unchanged from 2013 Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre continues to meet the target level of vacancy for 2021

12 Between 2008 and 2014 vacancy rates in Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre have consistently been between 11% and 18% Vacancy is now at its lowest level since 2008 Brighton Road (Selsdon Road) Local Centre

13 Broad Green Local Centre

14 In 2014 there were 60 Class A units in Broad Green Local Centre, unchanged from 2013 Of these units, 36 were classified as shops (Class A1) Broad Green Local Centre Just under half of the floor space in Broad Green is used by the service sector and around a third of the floor space is for convenience goods retailers

15 Broad Green Local Centre The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 20% of Class A units and 8% of Class A floor space This is higher than in 2013 when vacancy was 6% of Class A floor space However, Broad Green Local Centre continues to meet the target level of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

16 Broad Green Local Centre Broad Green Local Centre has seen a general decrease in vacancy rates since 2008 The increase in vacancy between 2011 and 2012 followed the civil disturbances in summer 2011 and now vacancy levels are relatively stabe again

17 Hamsey Green Local Centre

18 A small Local Centre which in 2014 had 30 Class A units Of these units, 20 were classified as shops (Class A1), unchanged from 2013 Hamsey Green Local Centre Almost half of the floor space in Hamsey Green Local Centre is for convenience retailing and it has a relatively low proportion of floor space in the service sector in comparison to other Local Centres

19 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 10% of Class A units and 5% of Class A floor space This is higher than in 2013 when vacancy was 2% of Class A floor space Hamsey Green Local Centre Hamsey Green Local Centre continues to meet the target level of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

20 Since 2008 the percentage of vacant floor space in Hamsey Green Local Centre has fluctuated between 2% and 12% This is because Hamsey Green Local Centre is a small centre and one vacant unit (the former Woolworth store in 2010 and the former Good Companions public house in 2012) can have a large effect on the vacancy figure Hamsey Green Local Centre

21 Pollards Hill Local Centre

22 In 2014 there were 56 Class A units in Pollards Hill Local Centre Of these units, 35 were classified as shops (Class A1), unchanged from 2013 Pollards Hill Local Centre Over half (55%) of the floor space in Pollards Hill Local Centre is in the service sector and just over a quarter (26%) of floor space is for convenience retailing

23 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 2% of Class A units and 1% of Class A floor space This is lower than in 2013 when vacancy was 6% of Class A floor space Pollards Hill Local Centre Pollards Hill Local Centre, continues to meet the target levels of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

24 From 2008 to 2012 vacancy levels in Pollards Hill Local Centre were consistently between 12% and 15% of Class A floor space In 2013 three formerly vacant units returned to use and the vacancy level fell and has continued to fall in 2014 Pollards Hill Local Centre

25 Sanderstead Local Centre

26 The smallest Local Centre which in 2014 had 28 Class A units Of these units, 18 were classified as shops (Class A1), unchanged from 2013 Sanderstead Local Centre Sanderstead Local Centre has the highest proportion of floor space for convenience good retailing (at 68%) of any Local Centre, although this is because it is the only Local Centre with a large supermarket (Waitrose) which makes up 59% of the total floor space in the centre

27 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 4% of Class A units and 2% of Class A floor space This is lower than in 2013 when vacancy was 3% of Class A floor space Sanderstead Local Centre Sanderstead Local Centre, continues to meet comfortably the target levels of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

28 Until 2013 Sanderstead Local Centre had no vacant Class A floor space Since the survey in 2012 some units have become vacant Sanderstead Local Centre A low level of vacancy is good for a centre as it means there are premises available for new shops to open and vitality of the centre to be maintained

29 Shirley Local Centre

30 In 2014 there were 49 Class A units in Shirley Local Centre Of these units, 29 were classified as shops (Class A1), unchanged from 2013 Shirley Local Centre Shirley Local Centre has the highest proportion of floor space (at 65%) in the service sector of any Local Centre

31 Shirley Local Centre The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 4% of Class A units and 3% of Class A floor space This is lower than in 2013 when 5% of Class A floor space was vacant Shirley Local Centre continues to meet the target level of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

32 Shirley Local Centre Since 2008 vacancy levels in Shirley Local Centre have broadly stayed close to 5% of Class A floor space

33 Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre

34 The largest Local Centre which in 2014 had 94 Class A units Of these units, 53 were classified as shops (Class A1), unchanged from 2013 Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre has the lowest proportion of comparison goods retailing floor space (at 5%) of any Local Centre and one of the highest proportions of convenience goods floor space (at 49%)

35 The vacancy rate in the Local Centre is 7% of Class A units and 6% of Class A floor space This is higher than in 2013 when vacancy was 4% of Class A floor space Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre continues to meet the target level of vacancy for 2021 and 2031

36 In the period between 2008 and 2011 vacancy rates in Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre fell Since 2011 they have started to rise again and currently stand at 6% of Class A floor space Thornton Heath Pond Local Centre

37 What does this mean for planning in Croydon? Croydon needs to maintain the vitality and viability of its Local Centres so local businesses can thrive, residents can easily access local shops and services and to reduce the need to travel In five of the Local Centres the vacancy rate is lower or unchanged in 2014 compared to 2013 Continued monitoring of vacancy across all Local Centres is required as new policies in the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals evolve to ensure that the borough’s Local Centres stay viable and maintain vitality in the future All but two of the Local Centres meet the target level of vacancy for 2031 (8%) and they all meet the target for 2021 (12%) In all but one Local Centre levels of vacancy are stable or declining Croydon’s Local Centres are more orientated to the service sector than retailing which may need to be reflected in planning policies In the remaining centre (Thornton Heath Pond) vacancy levels, although rising, are still at average levels for Local Centres in the borough

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