Another family home to be replaced with flats in Purley

There is an application to demolish a family home in Purley and replace it with flats. You can read my official opposition to the application below. Please do share this using the button below so that as many people as possible are aware of the planning mess in our area.

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Re: 20/01904/OUT 

Outline planning permission for the demolition of existing two storey dwellinghouse (including rear garage) and erection of a part three; part four storey (including excavation) building comprising 9 self-contained flats (1×3 bed, 6×2 bed, 2×1 bed); car parking, new crossovers; cycle and refuse provision, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatment; communal/amenity/play space and external alterations (Access and Layout). 

4 Higher Drive, Purley CR8 2HE 

I am writing to lodge my objection to the above planning application. My reasons are as follows: 

  1. The proposal for 9 new homes spread over 4 storeys – would be a significant overdevelopment of this site due to its size, height, density, footprint, bulk and massing and would be harmful to the street scene 
  2. This contemporary breeze block design proposal for this prominent corner plot completely fails to respect the scale, massing, height, form and layout of its surroundings and is at odds with the prevailing character and setting of the local environment – it would be much better suited to an urban context than this traditional suburban leafy environment 
  3. There would be a detrimental impact on the amenities of adjoining occupiers due to overlooking, overbearing impact and loss of privacy 
  4. Loss of mature trees and part of a hedge 
  5. Unacceptable risk to retained trees which contribute to the amenity of the local area due to the excavations works and movement of construction traffic 
  6. Concreting over of garden space and the loss of natural vegetation and natural habitat 
  7. Inadequate parking provision for residents and visitors 
  8. Road safety issues: Higher Drive is already a very busy road with significant pavement parking  
  9. Lack of consideration of any impact on local infrastructure: eg schools, GPs, drainage 
  10. Such intensification is no longer justifiable following the reduction in the London Plan housing targets  

On these above grounds the application breaches the following policies: 

Croydon Local Plan, February 2018 

  • Policy SP1.2 on page 13: “The Council will require all new development in the borough to contribute to enhancing a sense of place and improving the character of the area, whilst acknowledging the need for growth … Development proposals should respond to and enhance local character” 
  • Policy DM10.1, page 86: “Proposals should be of high quality and, whilst seeking to achieve a minimum height of 3 storeys, should respect: a. The development pattern, layout and siting; b. The scale, height, massing, and density; c. The appearance, existing materials and built and natural features of the surrounding area; the Place of Croydon in which it is located…. 
  • DM10.6, page 87: “The Council will support proposals for development that ensure that; a. The amenity of the occupiers of adjoining buildings are protected; and that b. They do not result in direct overlooking at close range or habitable rooms in main rear or private elevations; and that c. They do not result in direct overlooking of private outdoor space (with the exception of communal open space) within 10m perpendicular to the rear elevation of a dwelling”

National Planning Policy Framework, July 2018 

  • Paragraph 8(b) “protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment” 
  • Paragraph 122 – “Planning Policy and decisions should support development that makes efficient use of land that, taking into account (a) the identified need for different types of housing … (b) local market conditions …. (c) the availability and capacity of infrastructure and services … (d) the desirability of maintaining an area’s prevailing character and setting (including residential gardens)” 
  • Clause 127 (c) “Planning policies and decisions should ensure that developments … (c) are sympathetic to local character and history, including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting, while not preventing appropriate innovation or change (such as increased densities)” 
  • Paragraph 131 – applications should “fit in with the overall form and layout of their surroundings”