It’s always interesting to hear about plans for regeneration, especially in your local area, since they can offer a lot of opportunities to advance and improve the community and add value and services to surrounding areas.
We’ve taken a look at the Croydon Local Plan 2018 - which provides a vision lasting up to 2036 - to see what proposals are being considered and what the wider long-term plans for housing and community services are in the Purley area. Read on to find out what developments could be coming to commercial, residential or community areas in the future.
Residential planning proposals
As a borough, Purley has been said to need more houses to accommodate newcomers to the area. The Croydon Local Plan does touch on a number of locations that could see residential development or redevelopment. Planning permission has already been granted for other projects not included in the plan, such as Mosaic Place in Purley Town centre, but we’ll be looking at the ones that aren’t yet confirmed.
Banstead Road, Beech House (840 Brighton Road) and Palmerston House (814 Brighton Road) have all been put forward for simple residential development. Both Whytecliffe Road and Purley Back Lanes have also been nominated for residential development, but with the addition of car parking spaces for both public and private use, depending on the site.
Capella Court and Royal Oak Centre are considered for residential development and a possible healthcare facility, all while de-designating the current retail aspect of the site and maintaining the current community uses to assist sustainability in the local context.
Finally, the Telephone Exchange on Brighton Road could also be considered for residential opportunities, should it not be needed as a telephone exchange in the future.
Community planning and development
Community development is possibly the most exciting and important of the three sectors that we’ll be looking at in this blog. Community development can include anything from schools to healthcare facilities, to leisure and creative spaces. There are many different options on the board in the Croydon Local Plan at the moment and we’re excited to see which of them reach completion.
On Brighton Road, we could be seeing a new primary school replace the gym car park and derelict residential plot that currently sits on the site. As an area surrounded by residential properties, with a high demand for school places and transport nodes, this could be the perfect location for a new primary school, but there are some issues that need to be rectified before permission is granted.
Purley Leisure Centre and the former Sainsbury’s supermarket on the High Street could also see some redevelopment. Ideas include a new public car park, leisure facilities with a swimming pool, community facilities, a healthcare facility and a Creative and Cultural Industries Enterprise Centre.
Beyond that, Purley Baptist church could see some mixed-use redevelopment, including a new church, community facility and up to 100 new homes on the current site on Banstead Road. Similarly, the former Tesco site on Purley Road could also see a combination of residential, healthcare and retail development with up to 900 new houses proposed.
Finally, the Dairy Crest dairy on Brighton Road could see some interesting new community development with the possibility of a new Creative and Cultural Industries Enterprise Centre finding its home on the site, along with new light industrial units.
Commercial development opportunities
100 Brighton Road, where the Co-op funeral services premises are currently located, could be seeing some mixed-use development on the retail and residential fronts. With the current retail opportunities already available, the proposed plan would include intensification of retail spaces, with the addition of some residential units to help meet the need for new homes in the borough.
If you’re looking to move to Purley and take advantage of all these fantastic new developments, don’t wait around for new residential areas to be built. At Shinerocks Estate Agency, we have a vast portfolio of fantastic properties situated in and around the Purley area that could include the perfect home for you.
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