Purley skyscraper called in
18/04/2017 10:41:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
I am delighted to hear this morning that the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP, has called in the appalling Purley skyscraper planning scheme.
This means that Croydon Council's planning committee cannot rubber-stamp it as many residents are convinced they had intended to do and the decision on consent will now be taken by an Inspector on the SoS's behalf, not by the Labour-dominated planning committee. This will ensure a fair hearing for all sides and a likelihood of a decision we can all have confidence in.
The Baptists' Church site at Purley Cross doubtless needs redevelopment and I am personally prepared to back a much lower building there with proper parking provision. Due to the council's insistence on getting so much out of the development, the applicants have had no choice but to go very tall in order to make the scheme financially viable. 17 storeys is way too tall for an area where most other buildings are 3/4 storeys, but it is the council which is responsible for this not the Baptists' Church.
Another issue, alongside the height, is the parking provision. With just 17 unrestricted spaces to share between 220 flats, it is clear that this development would create a parking drought in local streets.
Yes, we need homes. Yes, this site is an eyesore and needs developing. But not at any price.
It is a sad day for our local democracy that residents are rejoicing that the power to determine this has been removed from the council, but given the track record of our planning committee in recent years it is a necessary one.