Another planning application has been lodged to replace a family house with a block of flats. This time the site is 2a Grasmere Road for seven flats that cover approximately 75% of the sites land and rises up to four stories. The balconies on Grasmere Road will stare down on the bedrooms of the house opposite. The new development will stare down Warren Road at all the traffic from the corner junction.
The over development of Purley with family houses being knocked down in favour of flats has been startling in recent years. Since the start of 2018 and being elected to the Council for Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown I have seen house after house knocked down by developers interested in their profits and allowed by a Council uninterested in helping the residents.
Purley has particularly born the brunt of the development glut. Just in the area around Riddlesdown Rd, Riddlesdown Ave, Grasmere Rd, Selcroft Road, Bancaster and Purley Downs there are now permissions for 128 flats were just 14 houses stood before. When other developments on Whytecliffe Road North, Derrick Ave, Brighton Road or Pampisford another 388 flats have permission. A total of 516 new flats in just one ward in the Borough, and one of the smaller wards at that.
Add in other schemes close to POR, such as those on Selcroft Road in Purley and Woodcote and the applications under consideration in Riddlesdown Road, Grasmere Road and Oakwood Avenue, we are likely to see 600 flats approved before too long in one small area in under three years.