Purley Planning Summary – 2nd March 2020
The current volume of planning applications and decisions in the PWRA area can make it challenging to keep up with what is being proposed for our area. Consequently the PWRA Planning Officer now prepares a summary of planning activity in our area so we can more easily track this, and determine the action we will take for new planning applications.
We believe that this will also be useful for members and publish it here so YOU can quickly see what we believe to be the most significant planning matters in the PWRA area, the actions we will be taking / have taken, and enable members to take their own actions (eg objecting or supporting new planning applications).
8-10 Grovelands Road – Still showing as pending
64 Foxley Lane (Ref: 19/05278/FUL) Reduction of 2 flats (1 x Studio and 1 x 1 Bed) flats (Ref: 13/03311/P) to the retention of 1 x 2 bed flat
126 Foxley Lane – White Lodge Nursing Home (Ref: 19/05884/FUL) Conversion of care home to a 10 person HMO
29-35 Russell Hill Road (Ref: 19/03604/FUL) 106 flats.
5 Silver Lane (Ref: 19/04548/HSE) Demolition of the existing garage and the erection of a new garage; excavation for a proposed basement and the erection of a two storey side and rear extension with other alterations.
9-11 Whytecliffe Road (Ref: 19/06061/GPDO) Change of use from offices (Police station) to 6 flats (3 x 1 bed, 3 x 2-bed).
23 Manor Way (Ref: 19/05943/HSE) Erection of front and side extension at first floor level, roof extension and loft conversion.
Comment: Reasons for refusal: ‘The proposed development would detract from the appearance of the building and be detrimental to the amenities of the street scene and character of the area by reason of its size, siting, design and dominance’.
Significant New Applications
47A Foxley Lane (Ref: 20/00371/LP) Change of use from a single family dwelling to a bariatric care unit.
Comment: Largely internal changes (incl installation of a lift). Propose no comment.
121 Foxley Lane (Ref: 20/00382/FUL) Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of four storey building to provide 9 flats (5 x 2 bed, 4 x 3 bed) with 9 car parking spaces.
Comment: The design of this proposal is totally out of character with the surrounding area resembling a tiered box! Objected on the grounds of; Loss of a family home, Overdevelopment, Design totally out of keeping with the locality and surrounding townscape, Detrimental to the amenity of occupiers of adjoining properties, and Inadequate car parking for a development of the size and scale proposed.
5 More Close (Ref: 20/00404/OUT) Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 9 flats (7 x 2-bed, 2 x 3-bed) with 4 car parking spaces.
Comment: Objected on the grounds of; Overdevelopment, Design out of keeping with the locality and surrounding townscape, Detrimental to the amenity of occupiers of adjoining properties, and Inadequate car parking for a development of the size and scale proposed.
71-73 Pampisford Road (Ref: 20/00665/FUL) Demolition of existing dwellings and erection of a four storey residential development with top floor inset comprising 23 flats (5 x 1 bed, 14 x 2 bed, 4 x 3 bed) with 12 parking spaces.
Comment: The design of this proposal is also out of character with the immediately surrounding area – a ‘box’ with an inset top floor. Propose objection on the grounds of; Loss of a family home, Overdevelopment, Design totally out of keeping with the locality and surrounding townscape, Detrimental to the amenity of occupiers of adjoining properties, Insufficient amenity space for occupiers of the proposed development, and Inadequate car parking for a development of the size and scale proposed.
27 Plough Lane (Ref: 19/05937/FUL) Erection of two storey 5 bedroom dwelling with accommodation in the roofspace.
Comment: This is the building of a new house in the front / side garden area of 27 Plough Lane, adjacent to The Bridle Road. Expressed a neutral opinion.
30 Russell Hill (Ref: 20/00456/FUL) | Demolition of former Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Residential Care Home and erection of 2 blocks of flats with 25 flats, comprising Block A (a Four-storey building containing 19 flats – 8 x 1 bed, 10 x 2 bed, 1 x 3 bed) and Block B (a Three-storey building containing 6 flats – 6 x 3 bed) with 12 car parking spaces.
Comment: Developer arguing that it is not viable to provide affordable housing. Objected on the grounds of; Overdevelopment, Design totally out of keeping with the locality and surrounding townscape, Detrimental to the amenity of occupiers of adjoining properties, and Inadequate car parking for a development of the size and scale proposed.
2 Wyvern Road (Ref: 20/00532/FUL). Demolition of the existing dwelling and erection of 9 four bed houses, with 9 car parking spaces.
Comment: Note interesting ‘Key Findings’ from the report the developers had commissioned by Savills, and which I have included in AOB. Objected on the grounds of; Overdevelopment, Design out of keeping with the locality and surrounding townscape, Detrimental to the amenity of occupiers of adjoining properties, Insufficient amenity space for occupiers of the proposed development, and Inadequate car parking for a development of the size and scale proposed.
131 Woodcote Valley Road (Ref: 19/05928/FUL) Demolition of existing property and erection of a three storey building with 9 flats (4 x 3 bed, 5 x 2 bed) with 6 car parking spaces. Adjoining owners believe the withdrawal is due to restrictive covenant against flats.
Local Plan Review – Local Green Space – More details of usage of The Rotary Field required by 6th April to show; ‘that it is more than an ordinary park’ (LBC quote). Details required incl details, dates, and frequency of events on the Field, and how well they were attended, and details of its use by Christchurch School. Have spoken to the Headteacher of Christchurch school – Year 1 use the Field most days for recreation and nature walks (~30 mins per daY). Other years use it up to 3 times per week for nature walks and recreation / sport (eg ‘cross country runs’). The Headteacher also emphasised that, due to the increase in flat dwelling in the area, the Field is used extensively by pupils and their parents straight after school – For many it is the only green space / open air play area they have. More details of use of the Field required, such as numbers attending events.
Extract from Savills Report to support 2 Wyvern Road Proposal
- Key Findings
4.1.1. This assessment found that between 2001 and 2011, there was a significant increase in the number of smaller, typically one bedroom properties in the borough. This meant that the proportion of larger properties relative to total stock decreased in this period. Consequently, the existing housing stock in LBC is skewed towards smaller dwellings.
4.1.2. The average household size of market housing, in Croydon increased between 2001 and 2011 from 2.23 to 2.47. Croydon’s average household size currently is, and, is forecast to remain higher than the outer London Boroughs’ average. The increase in the average household size and the proportion of smaller homes within LBC’s housing stock may result in a potential increase of overcrowding in the borough. This research found that between 2001 and 2011 in Croydon overcrowding increased proportionally more than in the outer London Boroughs. Since the last census, overcrowding has remained a major issue for Croydon with 13,975 households being classified as overcrowded in 2015 (using the bedroom standard definition).
4.1.3. The impacts of providing larger housing are twofold. The addition of larger dwellings will help rebalance Croydon’s skewed housing stock and have the knock-on effect of releasing smaller properties as overcrowded households move out of them. The need for more larger housing as demonstrated by the findings of this report is corroborated by the Croydon’s planning policy documents and guidance. The 2019 SHMA states that a 13.5% increase in the total number of households with three dependent children is expected by 2036. Consequently, housing supply in the borough should have an increased focus on providing larger homes suitable for families.
4.1.4. Despite this, the analysis of the size mix of planning permissions in Croydon 2011-20 found that there is a disproportionate number of planning consents for smaller properties. In total, 51% of the permitted properties have one bedroom and 31% have two. This represents a significant oversupply especially when compared to the recommended dwelling size housing mix as stated in the 2019 SHMA Update17.
4.1.5. Our analysis of recent planning permissions in LBC with a housing type description shows that 95% of the consented units were classified as apartments with just 5% being described as houses. Additionally, just 17% of planning consents are for larger properties with three bedrooms or more. This is significantly below the adopted policy which requires 30% of new build properties to be of this size, and, the recommended guidance from the 2019 SHMA Update which recommends that 35-45% of new housing should be of this size. This means that Croydon’s housing stock can become less appropriate in terms of dwelling size in the future. To counteract this, the addition of more larger housing is required which the proposed development would contribute towards. Therefore, the application, whilst not delivering a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom flats, will assist greatly in readdressing the current imbalance existing in Croydon