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Tesco Store at Purley - Proposed Parking Changes

Updated 2/6/21

Following more than 600 objections on the Council’s planning website, Tesco have withdrawn on 2 June their planning application to continue free parking but only if motorists spent a minimum of £5 in store. Details are on the documents tab on this link

Instead, they say they will enforce the 3 hour time limit more rigidly.

Update 11/5/21
Tesco via their agents have submitted a planning application and are proposing to install ANPR cameras at the Purley Extra store and free parking (up to 3 hours) will continue but only if you spend more than £5 in store.

WITHDRAWN - Tesco Superstore 8 Purley Road Purley - 21/02252/FUL Installation of 2 automatic number plate recognition cameras and 10 automated ticket validation terminals to the car park with associated works.

However, there doesn't seem to be any option to pay for parking if you don't go into the store - you get a £70 fine regardless reduced to £42 if you pay within 14 days! There will be a free 30 minutes from entry.

It was our understanding when outline planning permission was originally granted in 1987, (then full planning permission and with a Section 106 agreement) that there was a planning condition the public would get 3 hours free parking in the carpark regardless as to whether you went into the store or not. We believe this planning condition has not been removed. The accompanying letter on the application gives some information on this.

When the store was first proposed in 1987 and opened a few years later, it was smaller in size. Tesco have extended it over the years, added a fuel station, all of which removed many parking spaces. Now they are complaining that there are at times when there are not enough parking spaces!

We don't see any objection for the ANPR cameras, to rigidly enforce the 3 hours and then penalise motorists if they stay longer.

However, it is not clear how they enforce the current 3 hour rule. Currently there doesn't appear to be ANPR cameras on the entrances/exits.

Purley Baptist Church Sites and 17 storey Tower

Redevelopment Site

APPROVED Purley Baptist Church And Hall, Banstead Road, 1-4 Russell Hill Parade,1 Russell Hill Road And, 2-12 Brighton Road And 1-9 Banstead Road Purley - 20/06514/DISC - 18 Dec 2020 - Partial discharge of condition 34 (Construction Logistics) for Phase 1 attached to permission 16/02994/P for Demolition of existing buildings on two sites; erection of 3 to 17 storey building with basements comprising 114 flats, community and church space and a retail unit on Island Site and a 3 to 8 storey building comprising 106 flats on south site and public realm improvements with associated vehicular accesses.

Update 5/9/21

The Council have approved the Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) for the south site development, which had to be discharged as part of a planning condition before the major works could commence on site.

The RRA as the lead RA for the Rule 6 Party (7 local RAs) raised concerns regarding this application, principally relating to traffic disruption through Purley on the A23, A22 and A235. We are also concerned when the A22 (Godstone Rd) is closed - SES Water have to lay a new water main on Godstone Rd near to Tesco's entrance/exit up to the Downs Court Rd junction, which was deferred from May 2020. This work is expected to last for 6 weeks, but it is not known when it will now be undertaken.

The developer now has permission to close off lanes on Brighton Rd and Banstead Rd - "Construction vehicle delivery times will be restricted to avoid the AM and PM peak hours where possible, with most deliveries being undertaken between the hours of 09:30 and 16:30."

The works are being undertaken in 3 phases. The south site (Brighton Rd/Banstead Rd frontages) will be first and then the 17 storey tower site as Phase 2 and demolition of the Baptist Church and building works on that part will be Phase 3. Works in total for all 3 phases are expected to take about 47 months. There will be times when service connections have to be made in the highway and further closures may occur then. We await further details on this work.

The Planning Officer's report and the CLP (Rev 4) are on this link

Update 13/7/20

The 17 storey Purley tower and associated development has been granted planning permission. The second Planning Inspector (Paul Jackson) recommended the application should be approved and planning permission is granted subject to conditions.

The Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector’s conclusions and agrees with his recommendation. He has decided that the application should be approved and planning permission granted subject to conditions. A copy of the Inspector’s report is on this link

We are subsequently aware there are some reports circulating on websites, that the Secretary of State has said the tower must be reduced to 16 storeys to comply with the Croydon Local Plan.

The seven RAs (as the Rule 6 Party) have sought clarification about this and we are told, the original application as submitted has been approved by the S of S. i.e., 17 storeys in height, at just under 60 metres tall and still supplying 220 flats for the whole scheme.

We are told work will hopefully start in early 2021, subject to all approvals.

Photo credit (and source) below viewed from Brighton Rd - Proctor & Matthews Architects:

APPEAL ALLOWED by Secretary of State 9/7/20

Second Public Inquiry took place from 3 to 6 December 2019


LEGAL CHALLENGE LODGED BY THE DEVELOPER against the Secretary of State (MHCLG), the London Borough of Croydon & the GLA 14/1/19;


PUBLIC INQUIRY took place from 9 January 2018;


GRANTED BY LBC 15/12/16 Purley Baptist Church and Hall, Banstead Road, 1-4 Russell Hill Parade, Russell Hill Road and, 2-12 Brighton Rd, & 1-9 Banstead Rd16/02994/P 13 Jun 2016 - Demolition of existing buildings on two sites; erection of3/17 storey building comprising 114 flats community and church space and a retail unit on Island Site and a 3/8 storey building comprising 106 flats on south site.

Public Inquiry held on 3 to 6 December 2019

Update 14/12/19

The second Public Inquiry for the 17 storey Purley tower and associated development took place between 3 and 6 December 2019. The Planning Inspector was Mr Paul Jackson BArch RIBA. The RRA and six other local Residents' Associations again acted as the Rule 6 Party.

The RAs (Rule 6 Party) held two useful meetings with the Purley Baptist Church and the developer Thornsett in June and October and we agreed a certain number of points which were not raised at the latest Inquiry. However the main matters of dispute still outstanding and are not agreed, which the Inspector discussed at the Inquiry. These are primarily;

1. Effect of the proposals on the character and appearance of the area;

2. The height of the tower, together with overshadowing to Purley District Centre and wind tunnel affect to surrounding streets; [The Rule 6 Party does not agree that some of the residential units should be housed within a 17 storey tower. The Rule 6 Party considers the units should be spread over both sites, without the need for a 17 storey tower];

3. Consistency with Development Plan policies;

4. Impact on heritage assets;

5. Vehicular access/exit to and from Russell Hill Rd on the island site;

6. Air Quality – principally in relation to 5 above, associated air quality with traffic movements to and from the island site and with further updates from the parties generally.

New updated documents/statements including opening and closing statements from the Rule 6 Party can be viewed on Croydon Council's website.

The two CGIs below, taken from Croydon Council's website and ‘Andrew Matthews Supplemental Proof of Evidence dated November 2019' show the scheme from Banstead Rd by the Library and from Brighton Rd by Tesco.

Appeal Contested 17/5/22 - (grounds of appeal)- To Appeal 10 May 2022 1 Addington Road - 21/04969/FUL - 7 Oct 2021 - Demolition of existing building and erection of a part 3, part 2 storey building above basement level car parking comprising 30 retirement living apartments (C3) with communal facilities, landscaping, a new access on to Sanderstead Hill and associated works.

P. Granted subject to 106 Ag. (6 months) 2-4 Addington Road - 20/00107/FUL - 21 Feb 2020 - Demolition of two semi-detached dwelling houses and the erection of 4/5 storey building to provide 19 residential units, with associated provision of 20 off-street car parking spaces, access, cycle and refuse storage and landscaping.

Approved (prior approvals only) Cappella Court, Fifth Floor 725 Brighton Road - 21/04167/GPDO - 10 Aug 2021 - Change of use from Class E to Class C3 to provide 22 self-contained flats under Schedule 2, Part 3, Class MA of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended)

APPROVED Cappella Court 725 Brighton Road - 21/02964/NMA - 02 Jun 2021 - Non-material amendment to ref. 19/02578/GPDO (Change of use of ground, first, second, third and fourth floors (Use Class B1 - office) to residential use (Use Class C3 - dwelling), to comprise of 64 residential units) to allow for alterations to the ground floor layout.

APPEAL WITHDRAWN TO APPEAL 8/10/21 REFUSED Cappella Court 725 Brighton Road - 21/02946/CONR - 02 Jun 2021 - Removal of condition 4 (use class restriction) attached to 08/01198/P for use of fifth floor as renal dialysis clinic and associated parking.

APPROVED Cappella Court Brighton Road - 21/02862/PA8 - 28 May 2021 - The installation of 6 no antenna apertures and supporting structures, with a top height of 29.5m; 2no 600mm transmission dishes; 7no equipment cabinets; and ancillary development thereto.

APPROVED Cappella Court 21/02861/PA8 28 May 2021 The installation of 6no antennas on supporting steelwork, on the building's plantrooms, with a top height of 26 metres, plus ancillary development thereto.

(Approval) refused Cappella Court 725 Brighton Road - 21/01156/GPDO - 05 Mar 2021 - Change of use of Capella Court (first, second, third and fourth floor) from Class B1(a) to Class C3.

(Approval) refused Capella Court 725 Brighton Road - 20/06601/GPDO - 22 Dec 2020 - Change of use at basement to fourth floor from offices (Class B1a) to residential use (Class C3) to include 132 self-contained dwellings.

(Approval) refused Cappella Court 725 Brighton Road Purley - 20/05514/GPDO - 23 Oct 2020 - Change of use at basement to fourth floor from offices (Class B1a) to residential use (Class C3) to include 132 self-contained units.This application is in the Purley & Woodcote RA area.

Part Approved/Part Not Approved 2-5 Barrowsfield 20/04321/DISC - Application for the approval of details reserved by Conditions 24 (Drainage Strategy), 25 (Remediation Strategy), 26 (Remediation Strategy Verification Report), 28 (Water Drainage) & 30 (Piling) of planning permission 18/05157/FUL for the: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 4/5 storey building comprising 33 self-contained flats (5 x one bed, 15 x two bed and 13 x three bed), vehicular access on Limpsfield Road, 26 car parking spaces (including two disabled car parking spaces), integral cycle store for 64 cycles, integral bin storage, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatment and communal amenity space at roof level' This application is in the Sanderstead RA area. However, from information available the foul water sewers from this site flow through Riddlesdown.

GRANTED 2-5 Barrowsfield - 18/05157/FUL - 01 Nov 2018 - Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 4/5 storey building comprising 33 self-contained flats (5 x one bed, 14 x two bed and 14 x three bed), vehicular access on Limpsfield Road, 26 car parking spaces (including two disabled car parking spaces), integral cycle store for 64 cycles, integral bin storage, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatment and communal amenity space at roof level. This application is in the Sanderstead RA area.

P. Granted with 106 legal Ag. (3 months) 2 Shaw Crescent - 21/04742/FUL - 14 Sep 2021 - Demolition of single-family dwellinghouse and erection of 4 x 3-storey semi-detached dwellinghouses and 4 x 2-storey semi-detached dwellinghouses containing total of 8 x 3-bedroom units. This application is in the Sanderstead RA area but backs onto the RRA area in Westfield Ave (Nos. 8,10,12). This application was reported to the Planning Committee on 24 March and permission was granted.

Revocation of Croydon Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2);

Information received from Croydon Council - 27/7/22

“In accordance with Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that the Council has revoked the following supplementary planning document, which adds further detail to the policies in the adopted Croydon Local Plan 2018.

Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) adopted by Croydon Council in April 2019.

The Council on 25th July 2022 agreed the revocation of the Croydon suburban design guide supplementary planning document (SPD2). SPD2 will no longer be used as material guidance for determining planning applications with immediate effect from the 26th July 2022.  

The Suburban Design Guide is not part of the Local Plan, but a Supplementary Planning Document, which forms part of the Local Development Framework and informs how policies are applied and interpreted. The policies in the Local Plan and Development Plan remain unchanged.

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to revoke the Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2) may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of the decision. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event, no later than 25th October 2022. Copies of the Suburban Design Guide will still be available for that three month period but for this purpose only.

The copies of the SPD will also be available on request up to the date above by E-mail ldf@croydon.gov.uk.

The revocation has been made effective immediately as of the 26th July 2022.  

If you have any queries relating to the revocation of SPD2 please contact the Spatial Planning service at ldf@croydon.gov.uk

Steve Dennington

Service Head - Spatial Planning & Interim Service Head of Growth Zone and Regeneration"

Croydon Council introduces tougher planning rules on house conversions (HMOs)

New 18/1/20

“Croydon Council has confirmed new rules to ensure that planning permission must be applied for before a family home can be converted into shared housing (which will come into force on 28 January 2020).

Until now, owners wanting to turn properties into small houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) with six rooms or fewer have been able to do so without planning permission under the Government’s permitted development rights.

At planning committee last night (Thursday 16 January - scroll down to Item 8.1 for the report), the council agreed to introduce a borough-wide Article 4 Direction, meaning that small HMOs for between three and six unrelated individual people must apply for planning permission. The council opened the proposals to public feedback last year after announcing the plans last January.

Research has identified a shortage of family homes in the borough, and over the past 10 years over 900 family homes have been converted into HMOs.”

More information on this link

Planning for the Future:

The Croydon RAs Consultation Response on the Government's White Paper

New 3/11/20

The RRA have been involved with about 14 other Croydon Borough Residents Associations to draw up a joint response to the Government consultation - Planning for the Future.

The consultation has now closed on 29 October.

The group of RAs have called ourselves CARA (Croydon Alliance of Residents Associations) and we submitted a joint letter and answered the questions on the Govt's consultation. Members of the group also held Zoom meetings with the Croydon Conservative group to give them our feedback.

We wait the outcome of the consultation.

Links below;

CARA letter

CARA submission

Croydon Conservatives submission

Purley Way Masterplan Consultation

Updated 3/4/21

For those who are not aware, Croydon Council are currently carrying out a consultation on their proposals for completely revamping Purley Way from the Colonnades (at the southern end) up to the Lombard roundabout (north). The consultation expired on Tuesday 16 March 2021.

Basically the Council want to create 4 new large "villages" with a target of 7,470 new homes. Many of these will be built on existing carparks to the large superstores along Purley Way, although it is not totally clear how this will affect the parking to these stores for their customers - possibly underground, or housing above the carparks/stores. It is a 20 year proposal.

The Council are a bit vague if the large retailers who are currently located on this stretch of road are on board with these proposals, which will could cost them millions of pounds to implement. There are numerous private/public land owners.

It is also not clear as to whether the A23 (a TfL road) will be upgraded as a main thoroughfare.

The four main 'villages' are, from the south:

Waddon Way (currently Colonades complex)

Five Ways (Morrisons, Pets at Home etc)

Waddon Marsh (Sainsbury's, vacant John Lewis etc)

Valley Park (B&Q, Ikea, Vue cinema, The Range, Matalan etc).

More information and the survey questionnaire are on these two links:



Consultation Statement


CARA (Croydon Alliance of Residents Associations) is an alliance of about 20 Residents Associations in the Borough (mainly Planning representatives), who have joined forces last year, principally to discuss planning issues but also other matters relevant to our residents and we have discussed these proposals and we will be submitting our own comments by midnight on 16 March. The RRA are part of this group.

* Initial housing numbers for Purley Way transformation area (under option 2 in November 2019 consultation) were 9,430 - 12,000. This proposal is for 7,470 homes. Will overall Croydon target of 46,040 homes be reduced commensurately (and in line with 2021 London Plan's 10 year target for Croydon of 20,790)?

* How does Purley Way Masterplan fit into revised Croydon Local Plan due to be published in May? Will the proposed small sites target be reduced as a result of this proposal, in line with 2021 London Plan target (6,410 over 10 years)?

* Feasibility of multiple owners agreeing to redevelop their land (even over a 20 year timespan). Will Council use compulsory purchase orders if necessary? Partial redevelopment will not constitute a transformation and would be a very expensive failure.

* Area of very high pollution from traffic and incinerator. New evidence suggests waste incineration is more polluting than burning coal.

* Feasibility of creating liveable pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly neighbourhoods without a reduction in traffic (A23 is part of the Transport for London Road Network i.e. not owned and maintained by Croydon Council).

* Practical and safety issues with multiple pedestrian / cycle crossing points. What research data has informed predictions of future traffic levels?

*Do each of the centres meet the 15-20 minute liveable neighbourhood test? All amenities within 15-20 by active travel or public transport. What is transfer time to hospital (Croydon or Purley)?

* Type of retail outlets currently in this location require vehicular access and parking for customers. Transition will be difficult.

*Impact on neighbouring areas (e.g. from rerouted traffic).

*Consultation with LB of Sutton? Adjoining Beddington Industrial Area will remain with concomitant HGV traffic; Hackbridge New Mill Quarter estate has had issues getting cheap energy from Beddington incinerator; Sutton owns adjacent large natural green spaces to which future (Croydon) residents need access.

* Lack of public transport connectivity to south e.g. to proposed Waddon Way neighbourhood centre and Purley town centre.

* Croydon has poor track record in delivering infrastructure for new development. Failure to deliver infrastructure here will prevent attainment of vision.

* Impact on surface water flooding; some high risk flood areas here.

Valley Park

- Proximity to malodorous Beddington sewerage treatment plant and incinerator.

- Loss of large leisure facilities.

- Neighbourhood has poorest accessibility to natural green space (per Friends of the Earth report September 2020). Redevelopment needs to incorporate min. 2 hectares of natural green space, not just street trees, planters and urban parklets.

Waddon Marsh

- High flood risk areas.

- Parts of this neighbourhood have poorest accessibility to natural green space (per Friends of the Earth report September 2020). Redevelopment needs to incorporate min. 2 hectares of natural green space, not just street trees, planters and urban parklets.

Five Ways

- Successful redevelopment of this area is dependent on TfL improving the road junction.

Waddon Way

- Unimaginative name for this area. Rename to reinforce link to Croydon Airport or Lido heritage?

- Very poor public transport connectivity will make the transition to car-free living a challenge (current PTAL 1b). Tram extension south to Purley would be ideal.

- Unclear why lower rise buildings are proposed here when higher rise buildings are being approved in Purley (even away from District Centre).

- Purley Way Fields (LB Croydon) and Roundshaw Downs (LB Sutton) need improvement to incorporate more varied natural green spaces (largely consist of mown or grazed grassland).

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