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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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Dementia Friendly Screenings - Free Admission
26/03/2019 15:22:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, of which I am a member, are organising a series of popular music films throughout 2019.  These Dementia Friendly screenings have been sponsored by the local Sanderstead councillors and the Coulsdon councillors.  The aim is to make cinema more accessible by providing an inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a welcoming environment.  The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they'd like to.  For tickets go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Dementia Friendly Screening.  If you are a wheelchair user please use the online contact form with Dementia Friendly Screenings in the Subject Field.

All films listed start at 11 am - tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 10.15.  Admission is Free!

 


 

Selsdon Half Marathon in Aid of South East Cancer Help Centre
23/03/2019 11:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was pleased to start the Selsdon Half Marathon this morning.  The event is organised by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Selsdon and all the volunteers come from around the country to assist.  Hope everyone has a good run and I am particularly appreciative of the funds raised for the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley.

The centre is open to all who need supoort.

 


 

McCarthy & Stone Development - Atwood House
11/03/2019 12:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I was plesed to meet the new manager, Sue Todd and have a look around the new accommodation and facilities available for the residents.  I particularly liked the lounge where residents can meet and chat and have friends over for a coffee or enjoy the lovely garden.  The rooms are beautiful and well appointed with walk in shower rooms, which are so important in later years for those less able to get in and out of a bath. They have a new IT system in every room where residents can interconnect with their neighbours and set up a watch system with the manager so that she knows residents are safe without invading private space.  These apartments are so important for our elderly residents who know they can stay in the place they love whilst living in a secure environment.  Staying independent for longer is very important and I hope that we see more of these high quality apartments in the future for residents to enjoy.  Picture - Sue Todd and the new key pad IT system.

 


 

McCarthy & Stone Development Addington Road - Refuse
11/03/2019 12:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I visited the new McCarthy & Stone Development today to try to see what had happened in terms of waste collections at the fltas.  Unfortunately, since October of last year the manager has been unable to secure regular collections at the site.The bins are now over-flowing and residents in desperation have taken their waste to the recycling centre.  I am hoping that they won't have to suffer too much longer before regular collection are in place.

 


 

SGN works on Sanderstead Court Avenue
01/03/2019 15:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

The SGN works at the corner of Limpsfield Road and Sanderstead Court Avenue have been causing chaos for a few days now, but unfortunately they are due to say another week due to 'unforseen complications'. They expect to be removing them on 8th March.

 


 

Crossways House - 209 Sanderstead Road
01/03/2019 15:05:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

Despite constant reporting of missed collections Crossways House on Sanderstead Road has not received regular collections of waste for months.  The cost of enlisting the services of a private waste disposal service and a cleansing company to clean up the dreadful mess is mounting.  I have contacted the director and the cabinet member asking when a normal service can be resumed.  It appears that despite contacting the council myself the waste still remains piled high.  It just isn't good enough.  Residents are extremely upset.

 


 

Ministerial Visit by Mims Davies to Croydon Carers Centre
01/03/2019 13:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

I attended a meeting at Croydon Carer's Centre with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP and our prospective parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central, Mario Creatura.  We were also joined by my deputy Cllr Margaret Mead and Cllr Scott Roche.  The Minister was extremely interested in the good work of the centre and even joined in the Indian dancing session.  She was concerned about the number of elderly in the borough who are socially isolated and praised the many carers here in Croydon, many of which come to the Centre for support.  

 


 

David Lean Cinema - Dementia Screenings - All Welcome
20/02/2019 19:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The Sanderstead Councillors have sponsored two Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema.  The First one is on:

Date:                     5 March

Time:                     Tea/coffee available from 10.15am, film starts at 11am

Venue:                   David Lean Cinema , Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St,              Croydon CR9 1ET

Cost:                     Free (thanks to sponsors from the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance)

How to book:         Click here to reserve seats for VIVA LAS VEGAS

These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.  There is an interval for people to take a break and tea and coffee will be served before the film starts.

 


 

Food Waste Bins - Montana Close
11/02/2019 17:40:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The food waste bins at Montana Close have not been collected since 18 December.  They are so full and smelly that residents have reported this as an environmental issue to the council.  Repeated requests by residents and the management company are to no avail.  I have reported the missed bins on several occasions.  What has gone wrong nobody can explain.  The Director of service has promised that the bins will be collected tomorrow.  Let's wait and see!

 


 

Clinic - Rectory Park Sanderstead
30/01/2019 10:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The local councillors received many emails from concerned resident about the possible closure of the clinic at Rectory Park.  I have received the following official statement which does give some assurance:

RE: SANDERSTEAD CLINIC

We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients.  There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.

Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses.  Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.

At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people.

 

 


 

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