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Tuesday November 24, 2020
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We have today received notification from the Secretary of State that the planning application for the redevelopment of Purley Baptist Church (aka "Purley Tower") has received approval to go ahead.

Today, after 4 days of discussions, the second public inquiry into the proposed 17th storey Purley Tower concluded.

As you will be aware, HADRA are one of the 7 local Residents' Associations who are formally objecting to these plans and we were represented at this week's inquiry by our current Chairman, Lee Cooper and HADRA's Chairman at the time of the initial inquiry, Diane Hearne.  Also present were Phil Thomas (Riddlesdown RA) and Charlie King (East Coulsdon RA).

Further to the decision of the Secretary of State James Brokenshire to re-open the Public Inquiry, some members of the seven objecting Residents' Associations (including HADRA) met with the Purley Baptist Church and the developer Thornsett in early June to discuss the situation.

The seven local Residents' Associations as the Rule 6 party, were advised on 30 May that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Govt (James Brokenshire) "has given careful consideration to all the representations before him (from all parties), and on the basis of which he is of the view that in accordance with Rule 19(1)(c) of the Inquiry Procedure Rules he needs to reopen the Inquiry to consider further the following matters:

A Joint Statement by Riddlesdown, Hartley & District, Sanderstead, East Coulsdon, Coulsdon West, Old Coulsdon and Kenley & District Residents’ Associations.

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