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Opportunity Area

Croydon has been identified as one of London’s major growth centres, and its metropolitan area designated an Opportunity Area.

The Croydon Opportunity Area planning framework (OAPF) was adopted by the council on 22 April 2013. The OAPF was prepared jointly by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Borough of Croydon (LBC) in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

It provides guidance for the planning, design and regeneration of Croydon’s metropolitan centre and is underpinned by a suite of town centre masterplans that provide guidance for specific areas. These include:

  • East Croydon masterplan
  • West Croydon masterplan
  • Mid Croydon masterplan
  • Fairfield/College Green masterplan
  • Old Town masterplan

The OAPF aims to put in place at flexible plan that will support the growth of the Croydon Opportunity Area as a successful London Metropolitan Centre over the next 20 years.

The main objectives of the OAPF are to:

  • Support the development of 7,300 homes
  • Plan the delivery of the social infrastructure necessary to accommodate 17,000 new residents
  • Promote the redevelopment and renewal of the retail core
  • Plan for the revival of prominent high streets
  • Encourage the location of new office/commercial space around New Town and East Croydon
  • Plan for, and enable the, delivery of new and improved streets and amenity spaces
  • Promote high quality architecture and built form
  • Ensure enhanced transport and parking capacity