Brochure explaining plans for Mayfields in Sussex – a new market town, showing early masterplan ideas for the town centre developed by Allies & Morrison with Studio Egret West


Drawing of the main street with a ‘horse walk’ running through the town centre by Studio Egret West. Horse culture is a major activity in the area with Hickstead, the home of show jumping nearby


A ‘homestead’ collection of home types forming the basic unit of a neighbourhood – a concept developed by Metropolitan Workshop, and derived from the local vernacular Wealden farmsteads scattered through the landscape

Mayfield Market Towns is a joint venture with Clarion housing group and the principles developed for Mayfields are intended as a template that could be used in other locations.

The Mayfields initiative is led by Peter Freeman, co-founder of Argent, the developer behind King’s Cross.

Peter has been working on the plans for four years, with a design team including Allies & Morrison, Studio Egret West, Barton Willmore, Adam Architecture, Maccreanor Lavington and Metropolitan Workshop.

The first major document setting out the ideas for Mayfield has been published and circulated, which I helped write and edit.

The philosophy behind Mayfields – a greenfield site – is ‘that developments of a certain critical mass, properly masterplanned, with a mix of uses and a long-term business plan, can create far greater benefits than typical housing estates reliant on existing employment opportunities and services.’

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