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Purley Baptist Church Sites and 17 storey Tower

Redevelopment Site

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.

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

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.

GRANTED (see below) 26-52 Whytecliffe Road South & Purley Station Car Park - 21/01753/FUL - 07 Apr 2021 - Demolition of the existing three terraces of houses, redevelopment of these and the existing surface level car park. Erection of a part 6/part 8/part 9 storey building and separate part 4/part 5 storey building to provide 238 residential units together with replacement station car park, together with ancillary community indoor space, disabled car parking, communal amenity space, all for the residents and improvements to the public realm on Whytecliffe Road South. Granted Committee 4/4/24 - subject to legal agreement This application was granted by the Planning Committee on 4 April 2024. The application is still subject to the completion of a legal agreement.The site is opposite the Purley multi storey car park and former leisure centre.

SUBMITTED 823 - 825 Brighton Road Purley (former Milk & More Depot -proposed new M&S Foodhall) - 23/04071/FUL - 16 Nov 2023 - Partial retention of 823 Brighton Road together with demolition of structures to the rear and no.825 to provide a mixed-use development comprising a single retail unit (Class E) fronting Brighton Road together with light industrial / Studio space (Use Class E) for a Creative and Cultural Enterprise Centre to the rear. Creation of new vehicular access and loading bay onto Brighton Road and car park (70 spaces). Installation of 2 totem signage columns and other associated works.

Purley Leisure Centre Complex

Updated 16/3/24

A planning application has been submitted

SUBMITTED Purley Leisure Centre 50 High Street Purley - 24/00775/FUL - 15 Mar 2024 - Demolition of the existing buildings and erection of buildings of 5 to 12 storeys to provide a leisure centre (Use Class F2), commercial unit (Use Class E), an Integrated Retirement Community comprising a mix of Specialist Older Persons Housing and Care Accommodation for older people (Use Classes C2 and C3), car parking, landscaping, and associated works.

This application is for a new leisure centre, plus 220 Later Living flats- split; 123 independent living units, 57 assisted living units and 40 full time care suites. There will be 27 car parking spaces for the flats (including 4 disabled spaces). There will only be 50 short term public parking spaces (including 5 disabled spaces). The public consultation ended on 25 April 2024.

Update 16/5/24

As residents will be aware, proposals have been put forward by Polaska Assets Ltd and the Council to demolish the existing 424 space multi-storey car park and swimming pool in Purley, and build a new swimming pool and gym, plus circa 245 'Later Living' flats (mainly for rent and with a small car park - now 220 flats) and a short term public car park, circa 50 spaces. The RRA along with six other local Residents Associations (RAs) have come together, to express some concerns to both the Executive Mayor, Jason Perry and Chris Philp MP, who are both in favour of the scheme.

Whilst the RAs are keen to see a new swimming pool and gym built, we are concerned about the huge reduction in the public car park numbers, and the possible effect this could have on the Purley District Centre and the height of some of the 'Later Living' blocks of flats. The seven RAs have written a number of times to the Executive Mayor to raise our concerns.

Representatives from the seven RAs met with the Executive Mayor, three Ward Cllrs and Chris Philp MP on 23 April. The RAs raised a number of comments from our objection letter which was submitted to the Planning Dept just after the meeting. Our primary concern is the much reduced public parking for Purley town centre from 424 parking spaces to just 50 spaces.

More details can be seen on Polaska Assets website on this link

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

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