Agenda and minutes

Planning Sub-Committee - Thursday, 9th November, 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 28 September 2023 as an accurate record.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held Thursday, 28 September 2023 be signed as a correct record.



Disclosure of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and other registrable and non-registrable interests they may have in relation to any item(s) of business on today’s agenda.


There were no disclosures of a pecuniary interest not already registered.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.


There was none.


Planning applications for decision pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider the accompanying reports by the Director of Planning & Strategic Transport:



23/00010/FUL - 30 Riddlesdown Avenue, Purley, CR8 1JG pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Demolition of existing garage and shed fronting Riddlesdown Road, alterations to land levels, erection of dwellinghouse (over two floors) and associated parking, cycle storage and refuse storage.


Ward: Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:


Demolition of existing garage and shed fronting Riddlesdown Road, alterations to land levels, erection of dwellinghouse (over two floors) and associated parking, cycle storage and refuse storage.


Ward: Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown


The officer presented details of the planning application and in response to members’ questions explained that:


  • The neighbouring property was the most similar property to the proposed development at the site in terms of size, design and width along Riddlesdown Avenue.
  • Several of the properties along Riddlesdown Avenue were considered contemporary, due to the materials used to finish off the design of the development.
  • The changes in the level of the land were being used to achieve the two-storey design.
  • The highways team had been consulted and considered £10,000 was a reasonable level of contribution for the work to be carried out along the road. The work would include resurfacing potholes and improvements to the street lighting.
  • This single development was proposing £10,000 to be added to the fund whilst previous developments had contributed £10,000 per unit.
  • The window-to-window distance of the upper floors is 18m which was policy compliant.
  • The boundary fence would prevent overlooking from the ground floor.
  • Policy DM10 had a requirement of a minimum length of 10m not to be (directly) overlooked and no less than half of the previous garden length had to be maintained, which the proposed development was compliant with.
  • The layout of the existing property included a garage and a parking space. An access path would be maintained down the side of the property as there was a parking space for the existing property and one for the proposed development.
  • The highways team had undertaken viability studies on what was achievable. With the money that had been pooled from the other developments on the street, the highways team consider they should have accumulated enough funds to fix the potholes in the road, the lighting on the street and the implementation of a one-way road.
  • The highways team needed to liaise with residents regarding the conversion of the access road to a one-way street.
  • The £10,000 contribution had been negotiated and this was considered appropriate for the scale of development being proposed.
  • The refuse collection for the proposed development would be undertaken at the front of the site, whilst the existing property had its own collection arrangements.


The Riddlesdown Residents' Association submitted a written statement in objection to the application which was read out by the clerk and Councillor Stewart addressed the Committee with his views on the application. After the speakers had finished, the sub-committee began the deliberation, during which they raised the following points:


  • The precedent for gentle densification had already been set with previous developments.
  • Passing vehicles had damaged grass areas along the road.
  • The provision of two parking spaces on the site was appreciated.
  • The design was in keeping with the area.
  • The greater transport contribution was appreciated.
  • The contemporary nature of the development was not liked by some Members; however, it was accepted that it was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5/23


Other planning matters

To consider the accompanying report by the Director of Planning & Strategic Transport:


Weekly Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 238 KB

Attached is a list of Delegated and Planning Committee/Sub Committee decisions taken between 16 October 2023 and 27 October 2023.


The report was received for information.