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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to hold our AGM this year online, using the popular "Zoom" video conference software.

We hereby advise members of our 2019/2020 audited accounts.

Yesterday, 16th March, the Prime Minister issued advice for people to stop all non-essential contact and travel because of the Coronavirus pandemic. During this announcement, it was made clear that the situation has not yet peaked, and therefore it is probably safe to assume that these restrictions will only tighten (possibly before the weekend), before they are removed.

HADRA has today submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Croydon Council so that we can better understand and analyse the current planning situation in our borough.

Despite only 5% of people supporting the proposed Emissions Based Parking charges, Croydon Council has today announced that intends to plough ahead with the proposed changes.

A Brief History

"Purley Tower" goes by many names - "Purley Baptist Church", "Mosaic Place", or "Purley Skyscraper".  Whatever you decide to call it, thousands of local residents have objected to the scheme based largely on its proposed size and the traffic problems it will add to in an already congested area of the borough.

The scheme by Thornsett Group and Purley Baptist Church seeks the “demolition of existing buildings on two sites; erection of a 3 to 17 storey development on the ‘Island Site’ (Purley Baptist Church, 1 Russell Hill Road, 1-4 Russell Hill Parade, 2-12 Brighton Road, Purley Hall), comprising 114 residential units, community and church space and a retail unit; and a 3 to 8 storey development on the ‘South Site’ (1-9 Banstead Road) comprising 106 residential units, and associated landscaping and works.”

The scheme was originally approved by Croydon Council on 15 December 2016, but due to a large amount of local objections, plus pressure from 7 Residents' Associations and our MP Chris Philp, the decision was "called in" (Referred to the Secretary of State) on 12 April 2017.

A two-week Public Inquiry then took place on 9 January 2018, then, many Secretary's of State later, Croydon Council's decision was overturned on 3 December 2018.  Planning permission had therefore been refused.

On 14 January 2019, this decision was taken to the High Court and on 1 April 2019, the decision by the Secretary of State to deny planning permission was overturned.  On 30 May 2019, we learnt that there would be a new Public Inquiry later in the year.

The second Public Inquiry opened on Tuesday 3 December 2019 and concluded on Friday 6 December 2019 at which point the future of the proposed tower was placed back into the hands of the Secretary of State.

Seven local Residents' Associations, including HADRA, whilst continuing to support the work Purley Baptist Church carries out in our community have to represent the overwhelming number of our members who continue to object to this unsightly and oversized development.

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