On 12th July 2021, Croydon Council’s Cabinet approved the sale of a number of public assets, including the Council’s freehold interest in the hotel and golf course at Coulsdon Manor. Negotiations are ongoing with the current leaseholder, but one of the conditions of the sale is that the golf course, putting greens and tennis courts remain as public facilities, in accordance with the terms of the current 125 year lease (103 years remaining).

It is a common misconception that Coulsdon Court (as it was previously known) was left to the people of Coulsdon in a will; it wasn’t. It was sold to the Council in the 1930s. A full history can be found here.

Inevitably there are rumours circulating that there are plans to build housing on the golf course. No such planning application has been submitted. Don’t forget that it’s very easy to keep up-to-date with planning applications in the HADRA area by checking our planning table, which is updated every Saturday.

It is important to remember that Coulsdon Manor is on green belt land which carries a protected site designation in planning terms.

The three local residents’ associations (HADRA, OCRA and ECRA) have recently met with the hotel’s new General Manager and as far as he’s concerned it’s very much a case of ‘business as usual’. We will maintain regular contact.

More background information on the proposed sale can be found in the relevant Cabinet agenda pack (cf. agenda item 11 and pp 23 – 103 of background documents) –