Planning Application No. 21/05505/FUL

Demolition of existing detached house and garage and replacement with 4 new semi-detached houses (2 pairs) with associated driveway, crossovers, parking & landscaping

The Hartley and District Residents’ Association (HADRA) advises you that a planning application has been submitted to Croydon Council, proposing to demolish the house at 31 Bencombe Road and to construct two semi-detached houses where the existing house is and two semis-detached houses in the back garden, (four no. five bedroom houses, total 20 residents) with 4 car parking spaces.

Details of this planning application and can be seen on Croydon Council’s Public Access Register
where you can view the documents submitted. You can make online objections or comments on this application by clicking on “make a public comment.” Alternatively you can send written objections to:
Head of Development Management, Croydon Council,
6th Floor, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, or by email to
This should be done before the neighbour consultation expiry date of 15 December 2021; however the case officer will consider comments received up until determination, the deadline for which is currently 28 December 2021.

HADRA will support our residents in objecting to this latest planning application and will refer it to the Planning Committee where we can voice our objections before a decision is made. HADRA will also request our Local Councillor Ola Kolade to also refer it to the Planning Committee and request the support of our local MP Chris Philp.

HADRA will be making the following representations. You may use these points as the basis for your own comments, but we suggest that you adapt them to your particular circumstances or put them into your own words.

1. The following documents have not been published on the online public Access register or submitted by the applicant:-
1.1 Detailed proposed landscaping plan is not provided
1.2 No flood risk assessment on sustainable drainage plan.
1.3 Demolition and construction logistic plans.
1.4 No ecological or tree survey
2. This three storey block semi-detached houses will be over dominant on the adjacent properties, and the semi-detached houses in the rear garden will result in an unacceptable loss of privacy and amenities and will result in additional noise and disturbance for existing residents.
3. The new building will block the daylight to the side windows of 33 Bencombe Road.
4. The minimum requirement of 18m separation distance between the windows of the houses in the back garden and the houses at the front of the plot is not provided only 16.216m separation is provided.
5. The bulky box design is out of character to the houses in the street and is an over development of the site.
6. Four parking spaces for four family homes are inadequate and will result in more on street parking.
7. Excavation will be required for this development and no details of retaining walls required or drainage plans have been produced.
8. No landscaping plans or paving details have been submitted.
9. Cumulative impact on an area where no extra infrastructure has been provided for extra population (e.g. schools, medical and community facilities, road and drainage improvements). CIL money is not being spent in this area and existing facilities like the Purley swimming pool are not being maintained.
10. No Demolition and Construction Logistics Plan has been submitted this should be compliant with the CLOCS standard before decision is made. It should include a communications protocol with the local residents.

The following are valid planning reasons for objecting to planning applications:

• Conflict with planning policies • Loss of light or overshadowing
• Overlooking or loss of privacy • Loss of trees
• Layout and density of buildings • Noise, smells and disturbance from use
• Traffic generation, highway safety or adequacy of parking
• Visual appearance (e.g. design, appearance, materials)
• Effect on listed buildings or conservation areas