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Debating Croydon: The Chosen City


Five years on from being the ‘riot city’, Croydon’s transformation into a pioneering 21st century city will be the focus of the seventh Develop Croydon Conference.

Placemaking Croydon will be the theme of the borough’s main annual summit which this year takes place on Tuesday, November 22 when delegates will discuss how to ensure Europe’s largest programme not only creates prosperity but also enhances Croydon’s landscape.

Journalist and broadcaster Mark Easton will chair this year’s conference looking at how Croydon can pioneer new concepts in living, working and shopping to create a unique and lasting destination to attract the emerging market of millennials and their desire for modern city living.

Develop Croydon Forum chairman Richard Plant said: “It is five years since the riots swept across Britain and it was a shock to see familiar places burnt and damaged.

“Fast forward five summers and that Croydon is barely recognisable – many cranes line the skyline, building iconic new places for the people of south London to live and work. Croydon’s population should be very proud of the great strides the area has made in such a short timeframe, but hopefully there is more to come.”

The conference has become the leading forum for stakeholders, investors and developers to debate the borough’s transformation, to share ideas with and influence key decision makers and to help shape a vision and drive the agenda for Croydon’s future.

It is being held with the support of the Croydon Partnership, Stanhope and Schroders and Redrow Menta who are behind three of the biggest regeneration schemes in the town.

The conference is led by Develop Croydon, a not-for-profit community interest company which represents more than 60 businesses, partners, agencies and individuals whose aim is to promote Croydon as a location to invest, work and live.

Delegates can save £100 on the usual fee by booking now – an early bird rate of £295 plus applies until September 30, 2016. The full rate of £395 plus VAT will be charged from October 1. To book visit