More people are moving in and out of Croydon than anywhere else in the nation, according to recent data from Royal Mail.
Between September 2015 and September 2016, there were 3652 redirections in the CR0 postcode alone.
An interactive map created from the data gained from over a million redirection applications by the Royal Mail’s redirection service shows the number of moves in and out of an area from a postal code search.
Whilst Croydon holds the highest number of leavers a year, the shortage of housing in the borough does not reflect these statistics. According to data from the 2011 census, Croydon is the most heaviest populated area in London.
And it is an up and coming area with recent developments including the Box Park pop-up mall and the Westfield group set to open a new £1bn shopping centre in 2020.
Even though it may seem that Croydon is tucked down south edging closer to the M25 and the coast, it is very well connected. The city Thameslink Service from East Croydon can get commuters into London Bridge within 15 minutes and to Victoria station within 20 minutes. The iconic tram network connects passengers to Wimbledon and Beckenham.
A spokesperson for the Croydon Partnership (Westfield and developers Hammerson) told ELL in May last year: “Croydon is set to become London’s biggest metropolitan growth centre, with £5.25 billion being invested over the next five years to transform the town into a commercial, residential and shopping hub for South London.
“We are working closely with the council and the local community to ensure our redevelopment brings maximum benefits to the borough, and our plans have been well supported by the local political and business community.
“We believe this represents a fantastic opportunity to return Croydon back to its former glory as a premier retail and leisure destination.”
However, with all these redevelopment plans, Croydon is facing a population explosion as Londoners are pushed out of once affordable postcodes towards the periphery of the city.