Saturday January 23, 2021
  • Site last updated at 12:13am on Monday 11th January 2021.

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.

The six Residents' Associations who opposed this development have always maintained our full support the work that the Purley Baptist Church does for our local community and we had no problem in principle with the expansion of their proposed church and associated facilities.

Indeed, we wished to see these two sites redeveloped, as part of one of these sites has been an eye sore and a detriment to Purley for over 35 years now.  However, where we differed is on the point that we did not believe an oversized and a tall building development at that location in the centre of Purley is appropriate and we contended that the proposed development would generate a number of problems for our area, due largely to its inappropriate scale.

Unfortunately, the Secretary of State did not agree with these views shared by many, many local residents and a number of Resident Associations within our community.

You can read the full letter from the Secretary of State here:


We naturally extend good wishes and congratulations to the congregation and management of Purley Baptist Church and hope we have the opportunity to work closely with them in the future.