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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard
 

Purley Skyscraper
16/01/2018 12:30:00......Posted by Lynne Hale


Today I attended the Purley Skyscraper Inquiry and had the opportunity of explaining to the Planning Inspector why I objected to such a tall building on this site. The site is desperate for re-development and we need more housing but I do think that 17 storeys is just too tall.
Below are the notes I spoke from:
“I am here to tell you why I think the plan for a 17 storey skyscraper here in Purley is completely inappropriate.

At 4 to 5 times the height of any other building for miles around, the skyscraper would stick out like a sore thumb, be significantly out of character with the area and would obliterate the current suburban feel.

Whilst the main focus of my concern is with the height of the proposed building, I also have serious concerns about the impact on local parking, the flood risk, the density of the development and the detrimental impact which such a tall building will have on local views such as those from Farthing Downs.

I have a close connection with Purley and the people who live here. My parents had a shop next to Purley Station and I have always lived in the area, representing Sanderstead Ward as a councillor – just a few miles up the road from here - for nearly 20 years. I also worked as a health professional in Purley Hospital for many years.

This site really does need developing. It has been sitting here abandoned and derelict for years creating a dreadful eyesore on this important Town Centre site. I have seen quite a few proposals for the site in the past, some of which have truly celebrated the site which should sit proudly on the junction between the A22 and the A23.

- Well-designed buildings of character – one of which I recall looked like the bow of a cruise ship facing you as you drove under the A22 railway bridge towards it – its tiered storeys reflecting beautifully the topography of the site. Imagine that!

It is therefore perfectly possible to have a beautiful landmark design which will put Purley on the map in terms of innovative design, not just in the community development world, but in the wider world of regeneration. Importantly though, of all the previous iterations I have seen, none has been more than 7 or 8 storeys.

And I would at this point like to commend the vision and energy of Purley Baptist Church in trying to bring sustainable life to this derelict site.

I don’t think this 17 storey building is where they wished to end up, but I would like to place on record my recognition of the huge amount of time, money and prayer which Purley Baptist Church has invested into the creation of a scheme, which they wished to bring to this site and which would enhance the lives of Purley residents.

I am saddened that the sheer size of what we have had to end up with means we are in the position of opposing what started off as such a wonderful worthwhile positive proposal for Purley.

What started as a project built on faith not finance has now become one driven by finance and a political interpretation of planning policies based on ideology rather than what is best for the local community and character here in Purley.

Unfortunately, this proposal will put Purley on the map for all the wrong reasons. This looming eyesore is a tragic waste of a site with real potential to deliver a community centre and housing which we could embrace and celebrate. This skyscraper would cause a shadow over central Purley and have a detrimental impact not just on the character of the suburban neighbourhood but would completely dominate it.
The proposal for 17 floors is inappropriate for the following planning reasons:

• It does not respect and enhance the local area – as required by Croydon’s own Local Plan and it cannot possibly be considered to be of exceptional quality with sensitivity applied to articulation and composition which is proportionate in scale. CLP2 (2017) DM 16.

• Referencing London Plan (2016) Policy 7.7 –
o  It will have an unacceptably harmful impact on its surroundings because of its being so much higher than any other building nearby
o It certainly won’t relate well with the surrounding buildings being completely at odds with and utterly dominating the prevailing street-scene and public realm
o And it certainly doesn’t form part of a cohesive building group – as defined by the Policy – because it is a complete one-off

In addition to breaching the London Plan and the Croydon Plan as illustrated by my previous points, the scheme also flies in the face of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) para 58, sub point 4, which says that planning policies and decisions should aim to ensure that developments: “respond to local character and history and reflect the identity of local surroundings and materials.”

The reason for this breach is that the towering height of this proposal is completely out of character with any other building for miles around.

This design in its entirety would however, be perfectly at home in Croydon Town Centre, just up the road, where tall buildings and density of this scale are perfectly apt.

Turning now briefly to density and parking.

This development exceeds the upper end of the density reference range set out in the London Plan 2016 Policy 3.4 and Table 3.2.

The island site on its own, which in many ways it is, as it is completely physically separated from the rest of the development by a busy dual carriage way, is 50% higher than the top end of the density range.

The density range is there for a reason – to protect the living conditions of the residents who will live there – so it is unacceptable just to ignore it. Indeed density alone would be sufficient grounds to have refused the application.

We know we need more housing in Croydon Borough but it is unacceptable to squeeze families into developments that are just not suitable in terms of density – especially when there are plenty of brownfield sites which are sitting undeveloped in Croydon, crying out for regeneration. Placing hundreds of families on a roundabout in the middle of a busy gyratory system is just not fair on any of them.

Parking is already at a premium in Purley and with just 37 parking spaces for the 220 flats, this will inevitably put a huge burden on local street parking which is already stressed.

Residents should be given a real choice about how they travel (NPPF 2012 para 29) but this scheme would deny that and seriously adversely affect the current parking conditions.

My final point is around flooding in this high flood risk area. We all know that the centre of Purley floods on a fairly regular basis – the Bourne rises in the Caterham/Kenley section of the valley every 7 years or so and even a particularly heavy downfall can bring Purley Cross to a complete standstill as the roads flood.
So it is surprising that the scheme does not have more substantial flood mitigation measures in place.

As I have said, I know Purley Baptist Church has worked so hard for many years on trying to bring a scheme which will enhance the local area and support local residents.

But with regret I think this skyscraper proposal would fundamentally and detrimentally change the nature of Purley. The goal posts have significantly moved during the scheme’s development and what we have now ended up with is just too tall.

Mr Nicholson, in the circumstances, I hope that you will reject it.”

 
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Hamsey Green Pond - Early Morning Meeting
21/06/2018 10:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I met with Meike Weiser and Verena Trend at Croydon Council to discuss the improvements to Hamsey Green pond.  The pond is in a terrible state with parrot weed now covering the whole of the surface of the pond and vegetation overtaking the entire surround.  The pond needs de-silting which is a major operation and there would need to be a clear plan to dispose of the huge amount of silt and evasive plant form.  The pond is extremely deep and the work that needs to take place would probably be beyond the remit of The Conservation Volunteers.  Meike and Verena very kindly are putting together a plan to instigate work at this site.

 


 

Heathhurst Road/Mayfield Road Footpath
21/06/2018 10:14:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents raised concerns about overhanging foliage from neighbouring properties over the foothpath between Mayfield Road and Heathhurst Road.  I am pleased to say that a Neighbourhood Safety Officer has visited the location and spoken to both the residents of the properties where the problem vegetation is located.  Both agreed to cut back the trees/shrubs, one has complied already.  

 


 

Hear Me Speak - Sanderstead Residents' Association
20/06/2018 21:56:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I was pleased to attend the Hear Me Speak 2018 primary school competition which was organised by the SRA at St. Peters' Primary School.  Four schools competed, Greenvale, Gresham, Hamsey Green and St Peters for the coveted trophy.  Each school provided a three member team presenting on interesting topics such as gender neutrality, the impact of video gaming, shortening of school holidays and dieting and body image.  It was an extremely close contest with all participants performing well but it was Greenvale Primary School that won first prize.  It was an honour to present the certificates and prizes as a past Mayor of Croydon.  Well done to the brilliant children and everyone involved and a thank you to the Sanderstead Residents' Association for organising the event.

 


 

20mph Road Markings - Purley Downs Road
20/06/2018 13:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

In a previous blog I highlighted some of the problems on Purley Downs Road since the introduction of the 20mph zone.  A number of drivers are speeding and overtaking law-abiding citizens attempting to drive at the now required 20mph.  I took this up with the council and the cabinet member and a number of 20mph markings have been painted on the road to assist.  I hope that drivers adhere to the limit and it helps address the issue of any possible collisions or accidents.

 


 

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team - Change of Email
19/06/2018 21:27:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of Met police officers dedicated to serving our community. The team is made up of officers based in the area supported by additional officers from the wider area. They work closely with local authorities, community leaders and residents to decide the policing priorities for the area. This helps them find useful, long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining our wider focus on reducing crime across London. 

As of today Sanderstead LPT has a new email address: 

ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk

Please use this to contact the team. The old email address is no longer in operation and will bounce back if you try to use.

Do pass on this information to your contacts.

PCSO Sam Brooks 7381 ZD

Sanderstead SNT| Addington Police station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ

Telephone: 0208 721 2470
Email: ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk
Follow us on Twitter @MPSSanderstead 
Follow us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/MPSSanderstead

 


 

Grass Cutting and Green Space Management
18/06/2018 11:03:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

In general I would say that the new contractor  has made a good job of the verges and green spaces that have been cut.  It is a difficult task to maintain the banks of Sanderstead Hill and a good attempt has been made in ensuring that the bank has not been cut too short or "scraped" as it was before. However, there have been issues with the maintenance of Sanderstead roundabout, in particular the shrubs and beds have not had any attention this season.  Many hedges are out of control and dead plants and weeds seem to be the star attraction rather than the beautiful plants that should be in full bloom.  There are also problems on our border with Tandridge.  This is also tricky and gets missed as one side of the pavement and verges is in our area and the other side in Surrey.  A poor attempt has been made to cut the grass at the junction of Wentworth Way and Tithe Pit Shaw Lane but clumps of long grass have been left around the posts.  I have asked the council to instruct the contractor to return with his strimmer to tidy up the grass area at our boundary and to ensure that the beds on the roundabout are maintained.

 


 

Sanderstead Pond - Rat Infestation
18/06/2018 10:39:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A number of residents have alerted me to the problem of rats running along the pathways around Sanderstead pond.  The water and foliage and tasty morsals from ducks that are being fed is a natural habitat and ideal breeding place.   However, there are just too many now  around the pond scaring the residents and small children.  Some rat boxes are to be installed to help with this infestation.

 

 


 

Kings Wood - Friends Signs
16/06/2018 20:00:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Finally the signs marking the entrance to Kings Wood at four locations have been installed.  These were requested by The Friends of King's Wood to encourage people to visit the beautiful ancient woodland.  This beauty spot can be accessed from a number of locations along the Limpsfield Road and finger post signs will also be put up on five lampposts highlighting the access points.  The signs were funded by the local councillors and the Sanderstead Residents' Association.

 


 

Eid - Sanderstead Recreation Ground
15/06/2018 12:17:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Muslims around the world gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan.

The Eid-al-Fitr is one of only two major festivals in the Islamic faith and sees Muslims hold mass prayers and give money to the poor and needy.

Translated from Arabic it means 'the feast of the breaking of the fast'. The festival signals an end to the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The festival began at moonrise last night and can continue for up to three days, during which Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak.

'Eid' means 'celebration' and 'mubarak' means 'blessed', so the saying can be translated as 'have a blessed holiday.  We were pleased to have our own gathering of prayers in Sanderstead Recreation Ground.  Cllr Tim Pollard and I were able to meet members of the muslim community alongside our Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team.

 

 


 

Sanderstead Care Centre - Previously Wells Place
14/06/2018 07:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Residents may have noticed a number of changes to the care home formerly known as Wells Place. The Prime Care Group has acquired the care home.

Prime Care own and operate two other nursing homes in Croydon and also operate another outside of Croydon. They acquired Sanderstead Care Centre from the Victoria Nursing Group who withdrew from the London market completely earlier this year.  Prime Care are making changes to the environment and as such have started significant building work. This led to them self-imposing an embargo to ensure that they had space in which to make the relevant improvements. The home is not a purpose built care home and  the building is undergoing some modernisation for a contemporary care environment to be achieved.

 


 

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