Planning Application No. 22/02039/FUL

Alterations to land levels, erection of 2 pairs of semi-detached dwelling houses to the rear of nos. 5 & 7 Hartley Old Road, provision of associated vehicular access/access road and parking, hard and soft landscaping, amenity space, cycle provision and refuse and recycling storage

19 June 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 5 & 7 Hartley Old Road, (four no. four bedroom houses, total 28 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 30 June 2022; however the case officer will consider comments before the determination deadline which is currently 11 July 2022.

Please note that the pre-application No. 21/05241/PRE is also available on the Public Access Register for a pair of two/three storey (4 bedroom) semi-detached houses for up to 28 residents, this was considered an overdevelopment of the site.

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 Councillors Samir Dwesar 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:-
    • No details for the disposal of foul sewage has been proposed, it is just stated as “unknown.” The level differences would make it impossible to have a gravity sewer connection to the main sewer in Hartley Old Road.
    • Construction details of access road.
    • Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) points not shown on design drawings.
    • Construction details of cycle and refuse storage
    • Construction and demolition logistic plans.
    • Energy Statement.
  2. The three storey semi-detached houses will be 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. The access road should be 4.5m wide plus a 1.2m footpath; however the proposed access road has no footpath.
  4. The pre-application advice for 36-38 Hartley Old Road implied that refuse vehicles would not use the access road and therefore would not be able to collect the refuse as proposed.
  5. Only six parking spaces for four family homes will result in more on street parking.
  6. The tree survey was done on after trees shown in site image 4 of Part 1 of the Design and Access statement were felled. The limited replacement planting proposed for this loss and the hedges still to be removed is inadequate.
  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.