Initial plans for more than 100 new home in Purley have been revealed.

A pre-application for three sites in Whytecliffe Road South will be discussed by Croydon Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

It is the first of a massive development put forward by RAA Ventures which includes two more sites which would be subject to another planning application.

What is referred to as site A would provide 34 new homes, while sites B and C would be made up of 99 new homes.

Currently on site A, there are three pairs of two-storey semi-detached houses, as well as a mix of two and three storey flats in Redbarn Close at the rear of the site.

It would be turned into a three and five-storey building of 34 flats with a communal garden and play area.

And on sites B and C, next to Purley Station, there would be a split-level building – partly five storeys and partly nine storeys, offering 99 flats. The development would replace terraced houses further along Whytecliffe Road South.

The developments are planned to be car free, providing just eight disabled parking spaces.

The developer also has plans for two further sites which would connect A and B/C along the same road. This includes a car park for Purley Station and the former Purley Clinic.

Across the initial three sites, the applicant has said that 30% of the homes would be affordable housing.

RAA Ventures is still working on the final design of the buildings.

A document going to the committee said: “The scheme is a work in progress, but officers are of the view the scheme is evolving in the right direction and are broadly content with the emerging proposals.”

The pre-application has already been presented to the council’s place review panel (PRP) which is made up of 22 experts in disciplines including architecture and planning.

Its response reads: “The panel felt the scheme has great potential to make a very positive contribution to the townscape of Purley and provide high quality residential accommodation.”

It goes on to say that it supports the high-density scheme on sites B and C but adds that more design development is needed to stop it having an imposing impact.

It says that the development should have its own unique character and that the path on Whytecliffe Road South should be widened and street trees


No decision will be made by the committee on Thursday but councillors will make comments before a full planning application is submitted.