The developer Polaska have submitted planning application No. 24/00775/FUL to demolish the existing swimming pool, car park and derelict supermarket and redevelop the site with a new 25 metre, six lane swimming pool, a training pool and 40 station gym. The scheme has 220 flats for later life residential accommodation within three tower blocks, one being 12 storeys high, 45 car parking spaces for public use (maximum 3 hours parking) and 25 spaces for residents. The existing multistory car park has 412 parking spaces. HADRA have joined six other Resident Associations and continued to raise concerns over considerable loss of town centre car parking and the height of the 12 storey residential block.

It should also be noted that planning application no. 21/01753/FUL for Purley Rail station car park (26 to 52 Whytecliffe Road South) is for 238 residential units and reducing the amount of commuter parking from 195 to 175 spaces. Planning Officers are recommending that this application is granted and it will be considered at the Planning Committee on 4th April 2024. If construction of both sites takes place at the same time, then possibly there could be about 3 years without sufficient public parking in Purley.

Comments on the Purley pool planning application can be submitted on line on the council’s planning portal. This should be done before the neighbour consultation expiry date of 18 April 2024, however comments will be considered before the current determination date of 14th June 2024. Alternately you can comment on the Purley Pool survey found at  who will forward your comments to the planning department.