Flats could soon be built at the old Purley Way Lido in Croydon

A 10-STOREY block of flats could soon be built at the old Purley Way Lido – alongside the old diving board which will remain on the new development.

The lido closed in 1979 and was replaced by the Wyevale Garden Center until December 2018. Bellway Homes announced it had bought the site in early 2021 and the developer has now submitted a planning application to Croydon Council to build 180 new homes.

The development 89 Waddon Way, off Purley Way, is being called “The Platform” by Bellway. If approved, the old diving board will sit at the center of the new development. The diving board remains intact despite the demolition of the lido and was given listed status in 2013.

A CGI of plans for the former Purley Lido site in Waddon Way. Credit: Bellway Homes. Free for use by all BBC wire partners.

The plans include a mix of houses and flats and 65 of the 180 homes would be offered at affordable rent or buy. It includes 91 parking spaces and more than 350 bicycle parking spaces. Flats would be built across five blocks and a row of three-storey town houses will face onto Waddon Way.

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The planning application said a public space at the center of the development would be called and a drawing of the area shows it would be surrounded by a water feature. The application reads: “The heart of the neighborhood center is Lido Square. This is a busy public space, with a variety of areas and spaces, and defined by new buildings which provide active commercial uses. The platform is the focal point and long vistas are set up looking east and west towards it. ”

The plans were validated by Croydon Council on March 15 and public consultation closes on April 28. The authority is expected to make a decision by June 14.

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