Press Release


Thornsett are extremely disappointed to learn that the Secretary of State, Rt Hon James Brokenshire, yesterday decided to overturn the recommendation of Croydon Council’s planning committee, the Mayor of London and his own planning inspector and reject our proposed development in Purley.

In conjunction with our partners Purley Baptist Church, we have worked tirelessly on the proposals over the past 6 years, investing significant sums of money to bring forward this key town centre regeneration scheme.

Whilst the scheme faced opposition from some local residents’ associations, we remain convinced that the high-quality design of the proposed scheme would make a positive contribution to the character and local economy of Purley. Most importantly it would deliver much needed mixed-tenure housing, with substantially increased facilites for community use, on a site which has lain empty or derelict for over 30 years. 

We will consult with our advisors and partners and keep interested parties informed.