Residents Set Up Norbury Community Land Trust

A group of residents have set up the Norbury Community Land Trust so that the local community has more control over the development of Norbury.

It has been registered by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society.

The Trust Board will seek out opportunities to become a community freehold and leasehold land owner of open space, community facilities, housing, shops and workspaces. It will raise money for the purchase of land and buildings through community fundraising, loans, and crowd funding, and if possible through grants.

The Trust is a member of the National Community Land Trust network which promotes trusts and is currently working with co-operative and co-housing organisations to influence Government to improve support for community led housing development. A major role of Trusts is to provide housing at genuinely affordable rents.

The Board is planning a membership recruitment campaign among local residents.

The Board members are:

Sean Creighton (Chair), who is also a member of the local residents associations’ Love Norbury Joint Planning Committee

John Rutherford (Secretary)

Gloria Hutchings (Treasurer)

Evelyn and Richard Palmer

Apart from Sean Creighton they all live along Norbury Avenue

The Trust can be contacted through John Rutherford at

Registered office: 314 Norbury Ave.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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