Planning approved for 75 new homes in Thornton Heath


18 July 2022

We've been granted permission to deliver 75 homes at 304-306 Bensham Lane in Thornton Heath.

Croydon Council has approved planning for the £27.2m scheme where construction is due to start in November.

We'll be working in partnership with Henley Construct to deliver the much-needed one, two and three-bedroom homes, which will transform the current industrial site. The development will include high quality landscaping, green spaces and a children’s play area.

It’s well-served by local bus services and Thornton Heath train station is around half a mile away, with connections to London Bridge and London Victoria.

We're  currently building 44 new affordable homes on the site next door at 324-340 Bensham Lane, and a further 20 affordable homes at 2 Bensham Lane. The development at 304-306 Bensham Lane is due to complete in Winter 2024.

There are around 5,000 households on Croydon Council’s housing register, with many people waiting over 10 years for social housing (council or housing association homes). Almost 2,000 people apply as homeless each year to the local authority.

Ian Hagger, Director of Land and New Business at Optivo, said: “We’re looking forward to getting started on site later this year with our partners, Henley Construct. The council’s own figures show how vital it is that more homes are built in the Croydon borough. We’re pleased to be delivering another high-quality development to help meet this need.”

Aaron Usmani, Director of Construction at Henley Construct, said: “It is very good to be working with Optivo once more on another much-needed social housing scheme. These well-designed homes are going to be a welcome addition to provision in the borough, and we look forward to getting started on site and to successful delivery”

Meanwhile, Optivo and Henley Construct are continuing to work on a new nine-storey development in Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon. This will feature 116 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, and is replacing an old industrial depot.