Stop Purley Skyscraper

A planning application has been submitted to build a 17 floor skyscraper in the centre of Purley, on the site with the grey hoardings on Purley Cross.

The owner of the site had wanted to build a much smaller building which included community facilities. However, Croydon Council has made various demands (including a £2m cash payment to the council and a significant social housing component which requires a subsidy) meaning that the only way the scheme is financially viable is to build 17 floors. The council apparently even threatened a compulsory purchase of the site if the owner did not co-operate with the skyscraper plans. The council has indicated in Pre-Application hearings that it is minded to approve the planning application for the 17 floor Skyscraper.

Chris Philp MP and many other local campaigners (including 7 local Residents Associations) believe that a 17 floor skyscraper is totally out of keeping with a peaceful town like Purley, and there is a danger that other developers will later try to use it as a precedent to build more skyscrapers in Purley. There are also only 37 parking spaces for 220 flats, which will add to the existing parking problems in Purley.

The site does need redeveloping but a much smaller scheme would be more suitable.

Please sign this petition calling for the Council to reject the planning application by ticking the box below and please also forward this link ( to your friends and neighbours.

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* 1. I call on the council to reject the planning application for a 17 floor skyscraper in Purley. The council should encourage the development of a smaller scheme

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