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To confirm the status of a “SUBMITTED” application, click on the application number below. This will take you to Croydon Council’s website. Any written representations on a planning application, either in favour, commenting or objecting, can be made on line, by clicking on the “comments” tab on the Council’s website. Or you can e-mail development.management@croydon.gov.uk or write to; Development Management, Place Department, London Borough of Croydon, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA within 21 days of the application being validated. However, the Council will sometimes still accept written comments up to the date that a decision is made, which is usually around 8 weeks after being registered.

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DECISION CALLED IN BY SECRETARY OF STATE 12/4/17 - PUBLIC INQUIRY FROM 9 JANUARY 2018 GRANTED Purley Baptist Church and Hall, Banstead Road, 1-4 Russell Hill Parade, Russell Hill Road and, 2-12 Brighton Rd, & 1-9 Banstead Rd – 16/02994/P & 17/00047/SOS (ignore this last application number as the Council are not updating it!- 13 Jun 2016 - Demolition of existing buildings on two sites; erection of 3/17 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.

The Public Inquiry into the ‘Called In’ decision has now been taken place in January 2018. The Planning Inspector’s report is not expected to be submitted to the Secretary State until May 2018. We will then have to wait and see if the Secretary of State approves the Inspector’s recommendation. A final decision is expected at some time in the summer.

Update 1/12/17

The link below is an update from our MP, Chris Philp about the forthcoming Pubic Inquiry on the proposed 17 and 8 storey towers in Purley town centre. For background information, there are seven local Residents Associations in total (Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Hartley, Coulsdon East, West Coulsdon, Kenley and Old Coulsdon) who object to this particular scheme.

As representatives of our local residents, we are not opposed to new development on this site, as we understand that growth will be key to the future vitality and viability of suburban district centres like Purley. We recognise the acute housing needs in the area and wish to see more new homes provided for local people that are genuinely affordable, so we are not anti-development. We would rather support a new development that has a positive impact on the urban environment and public realm and benefits the wider community. The proposal also does not present convincing evidence as to why the “landmark” buildings as proposed at 17 and 8 stories are appropriate, particularly given their size and massing in relation to the existing Purley townscape. It is not clear how the proposal relates well to the form and character of surrounding buildings in the Purley District Centre; or indeed how it will enhance the public realm (including landscape features) at street level.

We are aware that some residents and one Residents Association (Purley & Woodcote) are supportive of this scheme. However, we are also aware that a number of residents living in the Purley & Woodcote RA area oppose the scheme.

The Planning Inspector will now consider all further representations from the public.

Link to Chris Philp’s website

Update 18/4/17

It has been announced today that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has "called in" the planning decision by Croydon Council and which was also supported by the London Mayor. The planning decision for the controversial 17 storey was granted by Croydon Council’s Planning Committee on 15 December 2016. There will now be a Public Inquiry into the development  in January 2018. A lot of the credit must go to Chris Philp for pursuing the Secretary of State on this.

Update 16/12/16

Croydon Council’s Planning Committee on 15/12/16, approved the planning application for a 17 storey tower, 220 flats, a church & 500 seat auditorium for Purley town centre! The voting was; Labour 6 votes for, Conservatives 4 votes against.

The Committee have ignored thousands of local residents (circa 5,000) who objected, plus our MP (Chris Philp), Ward Councillor (Donald Speakman), GLA member (Steve O’Connell) and 8 local RAs (Croham Valley included).

Diane Hearne of HADRA, for the seven local south RAs, spoke against the application, as did Chris Philp MP, Cllr Donald Speakman (Purley Cllr) and Steve O’Connell GLA member.

Now we must look forward to 4 - 5 years of traffic chaos for all motorists and bus users through Purley town centre, when construction begins!

Approved (prior approvals only) Sanderstead Recreation Ground, Limpsfield Road, 16/01825/GPDO - 08 Apr 2016 - Use of the pavilion as a children's nursery.

REFUSED Former Good Companions Public House and 247 - 249 Tithepitshaw Lane, Warlingham - 16/01097/P - 03 Mar 2016 - Demolition of 247 and 249 Tithe Pitshaw Lane; erection of two storey building comprising a Class A1 supermarket together with 4 no two bed room apartments at first floor; formation of vehicular accesses and provision of associated parking, servicing and landscaping.

Update 2/6/16

Lidl's controversial planning application for a store, car park and flats on the former Good Companions Public House site in Tithepitshaw Lane, Warlingham has been refused by Planning Officers without the need to go the Planning Committee.

The full grounds for refusal were:

Reason(s) for refusal :-

1. The development would be out of keeping with the character of the surrounding area and detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene by reason of poor design, prominent siting and scale of the buildings and would not respect the existing pattern of buildings, nor maximise the opportunities for creating an attractive and interesting environment and would thereby conflict with the objectives of the NPPF, Policies 7.1, 7.4, 7.5 and 7.6 of the London Plan (2015), Policies UD2, UD3, UD12, UD13, UD14 and H2 of the Croydon Plan (2006) Saved Policies 2013 and Policies SP1.1, SP4.1 and SP4.2 of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies (2013).

2. The development would adversely affect pedestrian and highway safety on the adjoining transport network by reason of the siting of the access and egress points and the associated traffic and would thereby conflict with the objectives of the NPPF, Policy 6.3 of the London Plan, Saved Policies T2, UD12 and UD13 of the Croydon Replacement Plan (2006) Saved Policies 2013 and Policies SP8.6, SP8.17 and SP8.18 of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies (2013).

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