London Borough of Croydon

Presentations on the proposed Parklife developments at Purley Way Playing Field, Purley Way, CR0 4RQ and Ashburton Playing Fields, Coleridge Road, CR0 7BQ will be presented at the Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 6.30pm in Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR0 1NX.

This meeting will be paperless. The agenda can be accessed here.

This meeting will be webcast live - click on link to view:

In Croydon our local authority pavilions and football facilities fall below the standards we want, with poor quality changing pavilions and average or poor quality pitches. As a result, football in Croydon has declined over the last 10 years, and will continue to do so unless there are changes.

Parklife Croydon logo

After Sport England and the Football Association invited local authorities to bid for their new Parklife project in 2016, Croydon submitted a successful initial application for support. Since then we’ve completed a study which has determined that modern football facilities at both Purley Way Playing Fields and Ashburton Playing Fields are feasible and viable.

Parklife is a five-year commitment to build multi-pitch football ‘hubs’ across towns and cities in England to create sustainable community football facilities. It aims to raise playing standards and provide more opportunities for everyone to enjoy the game.

If permission is granted, Croydon could potentially secure £5-6 million from the Premier League, Sport England and the Greater London Authority. The rest of the cost would be funded locally. Pending approval, we estimate that construction will take around a year, and aim to start in summer 2019.  

Get involved

We have already engaged with football teams and three Croydon leagues and conducted a survey of football teams in 2017. Draft proposals were developed and we’re aiming to submit a planning application in the autumn of 2018.

From July to October we are asking local residents and resident groups for feedback. We are also working with local children to help us design appropriate play facilities as part of the proposals.

Following engagement with residents surrounding the playing fields sites and the online feedback exercise, we have arranged two community drop-in events. At these events residents can find out more about the proposals, see the latest plans and give their views.

Drop-in sessions

Purley Way Playing Fields

Waddon Youth Centre
85 Waddon Way, CR0 4HY

Friday 12 October, 4pm to 8pm

Ashburton Playing Fields

St Georges Church Hall,
17 Elstan Way,
Croydon CR0 7PR 

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 4pm to 8pm

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