Do We Want A Night-Time Economy in Norbury?

The owner of the Havana café has applied for planning permission to extend his opening hours at 1363 London Rd  to 1am in the morning.

The Residents Associations Joint Planning  Committee has objected on the grounds that the owner is in breach of planning conditions and anti-smoking legislation, and because of noise nuisance to residential neighbours. If the Council grants it he will then apply for the same extension to his other premises at 1347.

Norbury’s London Rd increasingly residential

With the conversion of Astral and Windsor Houses, and the increasing number of flats being provided about flats Norbury’s stretch of London Rd is becoming increasingly residential. Therefore if businesses like restaurants, cafes, and bars operate into the early hours, including playing music, there is a major problem of noise disturbing sleeping residents. If customers comes from elsewhere they will have to park in the side streets and the noise they create will disturb residents living in those streets. There  is therefore a strong case against Norbury being allowed to develop a night-time economy into the early hours after 11pm.

Council Review

There is growing pressure to develop the night-time economy into the early hours of the morning across Croydon. With the closure of clubs in the Town Centre and allegations against the police  about discouraging certain types of music being played, the Council Scrutiny Committee has set up a review of the licensing and policing of Croydon’s evening and night time economies.  Its report will be considered by the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee in March 2017.

Written submissions: The invitation for written submission of comments and views is open to the public. Please submit your statements to referencing ‘ENTE Review’ by 21 November 2016.

Public meeting: Monday, 21 November. Stakeholders can attend either a morning or afternoon session in the Town Hall. If you are interested in attending the meeting please email

Online survey at

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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