The Fair Field was Croydon's historic venue for entertainment and social activity, hosting fairs, markets and performances until the arrival of the railways in the 1860s. But since redevelopment as College Green in the 1960s the area has become increasingly disconnected from the rest of the town centre. Today the Fair Field area holds huge potential; two of Croydon's most important institutions, Fairfield Halls and Croydon College, as well as the open space of College Green and a number of development sites.
The Fair Field Masterplan has been prepared jointly by Croydon Council and local stakeholders to realise the area's potential, and rediscover its role as a thriving regional destination for culture and learning. A master planning team led by Make and Kinnear Landscape Architects developed proposals through over a year of engagement and consultation with local groups. The master plan provides a phased long-term framework for delivering the transformation of the area. Crucially, it also involves proposals for making change happen now.
The development of the masterplan has been steered by an external stakeholder board, comprising key landowners, institutions and statutory organisations with an interest in the area. The Fair Field stakeholder board agreed to work together to achieve the following shared objectives:
- a regional destination anchored by significant institutions that contribute to and benefit from their surroundings;
- an animated, a well-used public realm that complements surrounding spaces;
- a vital mix of activities giving opportunities for local enterprise;
- better connections to and through the masterplan area;
- optimised development potential to enable a new mix of uses;
- a pragmatic plan to deliver change in the short and long-term.
Make, Kinnear Landscape Architects, WSP, AECOM, Arcadis
Croydon Council, Bridgewater Property, CCURV, Croydon College, Fairfield Halls Trustees, Magistrates Court, Metropolitan Property / Freshwater, Network Rail, NCP, Terrace Hill, Transport for London
The Fair Field Masterplan was adopted as Interim Planning Guidance on 11 March 2013 following public consultation in September/October 2012. The adopted masterplan is available to download as a pdf below. Hard copies are available in Croydon libraries.
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