Planning Application No. 21/06302/FUL

Erection of 4 x 4 bedroom semi-detached dwelling-houses with associated parking and landscaping at land rear-of 36-38 Hartley Old Road.

5 February 2022

The Hartley and District Residents’ Association (HADRA) advises you that a planning application has been submitted to Croydon Council, proposing to erect four, three storey semi-detached houses in the back gardens of 36 and 38 Hartley Old Road, (four no. four bedroom houses, total 32 residents) with 6 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:-

Development Management, Croydon Council, 6th Floor, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, or send them by email to

This should be done before the neighbour consultation expiry date of 25 February 2022; however the case officer will consider comments before the determination deadline which is currently 1 March 2022.

Please note that a pre-application response 21/01869/PRE was published on the public access register on 4 February 2022 for the construction of three pairs of semi-detached three storey houses, (six three bedroom units). It states “In its current format the introduction of 3 pairs of semi-detached dwellings with associated parking in a back-land situation is considered to be an overdevelopment that would lead to the urbanisation of suburbia, completely out of character with the area. While it is appreciated that an intensification scheme has been granted on the adjacent site, this was for fewer dwellings located across the rear of three properties, and therefore does not set a suitable precedent for this scheme and should not be relied upon.” HADRA’s Planning Officer has requested that documents for this scheme are published.

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 Oni Ovri 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:-
    • Detailed proposed landscaping plan and boundary treatment
    • A sceptic tank for foul waste is mentioned but no details provided.
    • Details of refuse storage and collection (see pre-application advice.)
    • 3D massing visuals to demonstrate relationship with adjoining occupiers.
    • Details of access road and footpath.
    • Cycle parking.
    • Fire Safety Statement.
    • Construction logistic plans.
  2. The three storey blocks of semi-detached houses will out of character and substantially overlook adjacent rear gardens resulting in an unacceptable loss of privacy and amenities and will result in additional noise and disturbance for existing residents.
  3. Only six parking spaces for four family homes will result in more on street parking.
  4. The tree survey was done on 23/11/21 after trees shown in aerial photograph were felled, no replacement planting has been proposed for this loss or the hedges still to be removed.
  5. Ecological appraisal was done in March 2021 and should be updated.
  6. Refuse vehicles and fire engines would not be able to enter or exit the access road when vehicles are parked opposite on Hartley Old Road.
  7. 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.
  8. Construction Logistics Plan has not 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

Please see our Planning pages for further guidance.