A stunning new cultural quarter at College Green has been approved by Croydon Council’s planning committee.
The area, with a refurbished Fairfield Halls at its heart, is to be transformed into a vibrant destination for arts, education and culture with plans also including 2,000 homes, new public spaces, a brand new Croydon College, a 2,000 sq m art gallery new shops and office space.
The committee approved detailed plans for the first development phase, which includes the demolition of the multi-storey car park to make way for 218 new homes, many of them affordable.
Members also approved the detail of the award-winning design for the new Fairfield Halls, where an extensive programme of works to strip out and prepare the building for construction has been underway since last summer.
The overall College Green regeneration, which is being delivered by the council’s development company Brick by Brick, is taking place over a number of phases. The scheme has been developed in consultation with the various landowners on the wider site and these discussions will continue as the scheme progresses.
Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: “I’m absolutely delighted this project has been approved.
“College Green is a hugely symbolic project for Croydon and crucial to the borough’s overall regeneration and growth ambitions.
“The proposal will revitalise an under-used and tired area, turning it into a vibrant public space and reconnecting it with the rest of the town centre.
“It will also supply much-needed new homes and jobs as well as fantastic arts, leisure and educational facilities. It’s fantastic news for everyone in Croydon.”
Earlier this month the Government also gave plans for Croydon’s new cultural quarter a massive thumbs up, awarding them a £14.2 million cash boost from the Coast to Capital Partnership for contribution to growth in the region.
The design for Fairfield Halls won a NLA (New London Architecture) award in the Conservation and Retrofit category in September 2016.
The proposals have also benefited from input from the Theatres Trust, whom Croydon Council invited to carry out a Peer Advisory Review and provide comments on the design of the Fairfield Halls component.
Following the review, a number of changes were made to the scope of the project, including changing the seating capacity in the Ashcroft Theatre and altering the get-in plans to the rear of the building.