Calverley Close – Public Consultation Event 26 October 2021

 

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Calverley Close, Southend Road

We’ve just been informed that a public consultation event is happening on Tuesday 26th October concerning the entire redevelopment of the estate, after residents voted over the summer in favour of complete regeneration. 

Built in the 1980s near the brow of Beckenham Hill, the estate currently has around 200 homes and is operated by Riverside Housing Association, which manages the Borough’s council housing.  They also operate Coleridge House, a Victorian villa at 79 Bromley Road, which is proposed for demolition and redevelopment.

According to information published in April by Riverside, the existing homes at Calverley Close are proposed to be demolished and replaced with several new blocks ranging in height from three to seven stories.  The total number of new homes would be 358, half of which would be allocated for private sale.  The remainder would be for social rent.  Demolition and construction would be phased over four stages of redevelopment.

A planning application is expected to be submitted after Christmas.

Riverside’s latest information showing current proposals, consultation process and timescale for the redevelopment can be found here:  https://calverleyclose.co.uk/

The Public Consultation Event starts at 18:30 on Tuesday 26th October on Zoom.  You can participate in the consultation event by clicking the link below, a few minutes before this time: www.tinyurl.com/CalverleyClose26October




 

Amendments to development proposals at 79 & 79a Bromley Road

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79  and 79a Bromley Road  20/03881/FULL

We’ve just been made aware that amended plans have recently been submitted for a  planning application made last December involving the demolition of a large Victorian house, and the building of 27 flats.  The scheme is still being considered by the Council.

Situated in a prominent location at the brow of the hill between Beckenham and Shortlands, at the corner of Downsbridge Road, 79 and 79a Bromley Road is a distinctive building from the mid-1800s and one of the last remaining grand villa houses that once lined Bromley Road.  

The three-storey building is run by Riverside Housing Association (which also runs Calverley Close on Southend Road) and currently accommodates 13 flats and an adjoining, four-bedroom single family house.  The £12M development involves the demolition of the entire building, replacing it with a five-storey block of 27 flats, and underground car park.  The proposed scheme comprises 5 No. one-bedroom, 17 No. two-bedroom and 5 No. 3-bedroom flats, providing  space for up to 95 occupants.  

It is very disappointing to see in their Affordable Housing Viability Statement that the developer, like the others involved in residential schemes in Beckenham at the present time, doesn’t include any affordable housing provision.  The smallest one-bedroom flat in the £12M development is expected to market for £325,000.  The developer’s claim that they can’t afford to provide affordable housing in the scheme, is unacceptable in our view and the proposed Section 106 payment of £120,000 to the Council, insubstantial.

The amended plans show the number of car parking spaces reduced by five, down from 27 (one for each flat)  to 22.  All parking is now shown underground, and a small amount of additional landscaping replacing the five parking spaces previously shown at ground level.

If you commented on the original scheme earlier this year, we recommend you submit your views again for this amended scheme.  The closing date for comments is 26 October.  Beyond this date, you can still submit your comments by email to both planning@bromley.gov.uk and robin.evans@bromley.gov.uk.  Don’t forget to include the case reference number, and your name and address, or your comments will not be registered.




 

Amendments to development proposals at 76a & 76b The Avenue

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76a and 76b The Avenue  20/05047/FULL

In the last few days we’ve been informed that amended plans have recently been submitted for an application made last Christmas for the demolition of these two 1930s houses, replacing them with a five-storey block of flats, and houses to the rear of the site, is also still under consideration by the Council.  The application also includes the resurfacing of The Avenue between the site and the junction with Westgate Road, which is an unmade road.

The new block of 18No flats comprises 10No one-bedroom and 8 No two-bedroom units.  3No three-storey terraced, mews-style houses are proposed behind, providing accommodation for up to 70 people.  Car parking is provided for 16 cars behind and in front of the block.

The three houses appear fairly well appointed, however the layout and size of the flats is cramped and many barely meet the minimum space standards required.

This development doesn’t include any affordable housing provision.  

Some residents on the road are concerned about the size and height of the development, that it is an over-development of the site and the traffic problems that could result from any resurfacing of the road.  

The amended plans include additional windows to several individual flats and some of the common areas to improve natural light into these spaces.

If you commented on the original scheme earlier this year, we would recommend you submit your views again for this amended scheme.  The closing date for comments is 26 October.  Beyond this date you can still submit your comments by email to both planning@bromley.gov.uk and the case officer jessica.lai@bromley.gov.uk.  Don’t forget to include the case reference number above and give your name and address, or your comment will not be recorded.  

The case is expected to go before a planning sub-committee meeting either on 25th November or 9th December.



major new housing development at worsley bridge road, June 2021

A major new housing development is being planned at the former British Gas sports ground on Worsley Bridge Road, at the junction with Copers Cope Road.

The proposed development, situated on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), is for 121 new homes comprised of 39 three-bedroom houses and 82 one and two-bedroom flats and 100 car parking spaces.

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The developer is holding online Q&A sessions today (Tuesday 8th June) and tomorrow (Wednesday 9th June)

Here is a direct link to the consultation where you can find detailed information about the proposals and register to join one of the online Q&A events.

The developer’s letter to local residents is below:

 

Caerus Beckenham Q&A letter

 

 

 

 

 

Council decide £40M Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Scheme this week, March 2021

Bromley Council are meeting on Thursday 25 March to consider their Crystal Palace Park regeneration scheme for outline planning approval. 

Plan of the Park and proposed changes  (red dots and text added by CCARA)

The major project, first submitted last spring, involves the conservation and repair of heritage assets across the Park, landscaping, new paths, the demolition of some existing buildings, the change of use of some land and the construction of new buildings, including two housing developments.

Around half of the £40M cost of the scheme is to be funded by the two new residential developments.  The existing caravan park, at Rockhills in the northern corner of the Park, would be cleared to make way for 140 new flats built on part of the land with the remainder being returned to public access.  Further east, along Crystal Palace Park Road, the existing nursery building, St John’s Ambulance station and Park Rangers’ maintenance building would be demolished and replaced with a second housing development of 70 new flats called Sydenham Villas.  The London Plan requires developments on public sector land to provide 50% affordable homes, however the Council is proposing only 24 flats of this category.

The nursery would be relocated to a new Community Centre, to be built on the existing caravan park site.  A new Park Ranger’s building would be provided slightly further west from the current building.  St John’s Ambulance would be relocated either to the new Community Centre or a new Information Centre proposed to be built on the site of the existing building, close to the Penge Gate.

A new Cultural Centre is proposed at the Upper Terrace and would be linked to the Subway.  Some of the Farm buildings at the Capel Manor College would be demolished and rebuilt, and others renovated to improve facilities for the public.

The meeting is on Thursday 25th March at 6.30pm and the public can view it via YouTube.

Full details of the proposals, and a link to the meeting can be found here

another large Housing Development Planned on Bromley Road, march 2021

A planning application has been made to the Council for 27 flats and involves the demolition of another large Victorian house in Beckenham, on the corner of Crescent Road and Bromley Road.

The scheme, by Woolbro Group, involves the demolition of the existing two-storey Victorian building and recent annexes, last used as a care home, replacing it with a large, part-three part-four storey block of 27No. flats.  The new building comprises 12No. one-bedroom and 15No two-bedroom flats with the capacity to accommodate up to 82 people.  Only 19 parking spaces are provided.  

Crescent Road proposed elevation

Despite a requirement in the Bromley Local Plan for affordable housing to be provided in every new development of 11 units or more, here is yet another example of a development being proposed in Beckenham which provides none at all, because the developer claims they can’t afford to include it.  The market value of the smallest  1-bedroom flats  in the £10M development is expected to be £300,000 each.

A time of writing, there had been more than 200 objections to the proposal.

Full details of the planning application are on the Council’s website here 20/05008/FULL where you can also register comments.
If you wish to comment on the proposal,  you have until Friday 19th March to do so.  
You must give your full name and address, or your views may not be registered.

New Housing Development Planned on Bromley Road, January 2021

A planning application has been made to the Council for 27 flats and involves the demolition of a large Victorian house.

Situated in a prominent location at the brow of the hill between Beckenham and Shortlands, at the corner of Downsbridge Road, 79 and 79a Bromley Road is a distinctive Victorian house from the mid-1800s and one of the last remaining grand villa houses that once lined Bromley Road.  

The three-storey building currently accommodates 13 retirement flats and an adjoining, four-bedroom single family house.  The £12M development involves the demolition of the entire building, replacing it with a five-storey block of 27 flats, and underground car park.  The proposed scheme comprises 5 No. one-bedroom, 17 No. two-bedroom and 5 No. 3-bedroom flats, providing  space for up to 95 occupants.  None of the flats will be affordable housing.

The developer reported that no responses were received to consultation leaflets and emails sent last November to residents in the surrounding area, and to ward councillors.  Unfortunately CCARA was not consulted at this time and several residents have complained they were not made aware of the scheme until the planning application was made public at the beginning of January.  

We have written to the council objecting to the application, focussing on the loss of an attractive Victorian building, the scale and density of the new development, the lack of any affordable housing provision, loss of trees on the site, road safety concerns, amongst other issues.

Full details of the planning application are on the Council’s website here 20/03881/FULL
where you can also leave a comments on the proposal.  If you wish to comment, you must give your full name and address, or your views may not be registered.

 

Appearance of Mobile Phone Mast on Bromley Road, May 2020

Large Mobile Phone Mast Erected on Bromley Road

An administration error by the Council’s Planning and Development department appears to have resulted in the erection, without planning permission, of a large mobile phone mast on land behind the petrol station on Bromley Road.

In September 2019, a telecommunications company sought permission to erect an 18m (59ft) high base station tower directly behind the petrol station at 202 Bromley Road.  The application was refused by Bromley Council in November, deciding that the height, appearance and siting of the proposed mast would be detrimental to the visual amenities of the area, and would appear as an alien and incongruous feature in a backland setting  within a suburban residential area.  So, in February, local residents were shocked to see the tall structure suddenly appear on the skyline.  The mast is designed to hold six 2 metre-high antennae and a 30cm satellite dish, though at present the equipment hasn’t yet been fitted.

In a response to a freedom of information request, concerned neighbours discovered that the Council retained no record of an email being sent to the applicant notifying them of their decision to refuse the application.  It appears that, in the apparent absence of a decision within the statutory period of 56 days, the applicant decided to press ahead with construction.

It is believed the Council has sought legal advice regarding their position, but is not taking the matter any further.

Local residents told us yesterday that the reply to their FOI request was inadequate in several respects, and  they have since asked for it to be reviewed.  They are also investigating ways to appeal against the Council’s handling of the application and considering taking the case further, to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Full details of the planning application are here 19/04009/TELCOM

 

 

 

Hotel and Flats Proposed Above Kelsey House, May 2019

Plans have been submitted to convert Kelsey House at 75-77 Beckenham High Street to a 68 room hotel and 9 apartments.

    

The project is a joint venture  between Travelodge and Dunward Properties which also includes a five-storey extension to the west (orange and yellow on the plan above) and south (green) of the existing building, extending up to the boundary with Village Car Care garage and back to the rear boundary.

The existing stair and lift core is to be demolished and rebuilt to serve the hotel, whilst a new, separate stair and lift will be built for occupants of the flats.

The bar and restaurant at ground floor level will remain unchanged.

Only 11 car parking spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays, are provided for the entire scheme.

Full details of the application can be found here 19/00286/FULL where you can also submit comments, should you wish to do so.

Alternatively, you can send your comments by email to planning@bromley.gov.uk and the case officer claire.brew@bromley.gov.uk, quoting the case reference number in the subject  window.  Remember to include your full name and address, or your comments may not be registered.

 

 

Proposed High Street Elevation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beckenham Place Park Car Park to Close, 18 March 2019

London Borough of Lewisham announced last Friday that the car park in front of the Mansion at Beckenham Place Park will be permanently closed with effect from today, Monday 18 March until July 2019.

There will be very limited parking during this period, restricted to along the northern Drive between the Beckenham Hill Road entrance and the Mansion, and along the southern Drive between the Mansion and the gates at Beckenham Place Park road.  A one-way system will be in operation along the southern stretch of the Drive, meaning that cars parked there will have to exit via the Beckenham Place Park road gates.

Click here for detailed information by London Borough of Lewisham.

 

Dizzy’s Diner to Become a Bar, January 2018

Dizzy’s Diner on the High Street has applied for a variation to its current licence, announcing that it intends to change from a restaurant to a bar.

The well-known restaurant, at the lower end of the High Street, has been a feature of the Beckenham restaurant scene for nearly 40 years.  The change in focus of the business to become a bar involves extending the licensing hours at the premises.

The variation to the current licence includes the supply of alcohol from 12:00-23:40 Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:40 on Fridays and Saturdays; provision of food and drink, recorded music, live music and dance performances from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays; and provision of films from 12:00-midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12:00-01:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

To view the application in detail, and submit comments on the proposal, click here: 18/00037/LAPRE

The closing date for comments is Monday 5th February.

Beckenham School Choir Competition at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

The Primary School Choir Competition last Christmas was such a success we decided to do it again!

Taking part this year are talented young choirs from THREE Beckenham primary schools.

They have all rehearsed very hard, so please come along to Christmas on the Green this afternoon and give all three your full support:

13:00 – Worsley Bridge Primary School Choir

14:00 – Churchfield’s Primary School Choir

15:00 – Harris Primary Beckenham School Choir

 

At 3.30pm, after the final choir has sung, you will be able to vote for your favourite.

Just go to our Twitter account @CCARA_Beckenham and cast your vote!

The poll will remain open until 18:00 on Sunday and is just for fun.

We think all three choirs are absolutely amazing.

The choir with the most votes will win for their school the 6ft Christmas on the stage, kindly donated by Branching Out plus £50 to buy lights, a stand and decorations.

 

 

Childrens Rudolph Carrot Treasure Hunt 12.00 – 1.00pm tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’, Saturday 2nd December 2017, Beckenham Green

Hunt for Rudolph the Reindeer’s carrots that are hidden all over Beckenham Green tomorrow at ‘Christmas on the Green’!

Find THREE carrots, then go to the Copers’ Cope Area Residents’ Association tent nearest the stage to collect your treasure!

12.00 – 1.00pm, Beckenham Green, Saturday 2nd December.

GOOD LUCK!

 

Overnight Re-surfacing Work on Beckenham High Street From Monday 20th November 2017

This bulletin is courtesy of FM Conway, contractor for Beckenham High Street Improvement Works:

Advance warning of Overnight resurfacing work From Monday 20th November for five nights at Thornton’s Corner.

As the town centre improvements continue, please do be aware that overnight resurfacing work will be taking place on Monday 20th November. As before this night work will start at 8 p.m. and could continue until 3a.m on the morning of 26th November.

The work will initially consist of the existing road surface being taken or ‘planed’ off, with a new surface then re-laid, with the ‘planing’ be the noisier element.

We anticipate all noisy work to be completed by midnight, with only deliveries after that.  To facilitate this work, the junctions of Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road with The High Street, will be closed from 8:00pm.  The High Street from The War Memorial to the crossroads with Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road (Thornton’s Corner) will also be closed.  The road will re-open from 5:00am on all of the given dates.

Residents:  There will be diversions signs in place to aid traffic flow.  Residents with permitted parking, which is accessed via The High Street, who wish to access or exit their space after  08:00pm on any of these given days, apart from 26th November, should contact me on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk

As this is a major road, which is extremely busy in the daytime, there is no option but to carry out this work at night but we are mindful of local residents and the impact on town centre visitors and businesses.  Be assured that we will keep noise to a minimum as far as possible and we do apologise for any inconvenience or disturbance in advance during this period.

At the end of the night work, the road surface along this stretch of The High Street will have been greatly improved from the current condition, with the overall town centre improvement initiative making Beckenham a more attractive and safer place for residents, visitors and businesses.

If you want to keep up to date with the improvement progress in the town, please sign up for the newsletter by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements.

Many thanks

Helen McConnell

Business Liaison Officer FM CONWAY

 

PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin No.6, 17 October 2017

This is the latest in our series of updates on planning matters in and around the Copers Cope Area.

If you feel strongly about any of the planning applications below that are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley, you can leave your comments by clicking the links provided, then clicking on the comments tab.  Don’t forget to give your name and address, otherwise your views may not be considered.

 

84 Albermarle Road 16/05788/FULL1

A fresh application has recently been submitted to demolish the existing large house on the site and replace it with a three and four storey block of flats, comprising 7No two-bedroom and 2No two-bedroom flats, plus parking and landscaping.

Planning permission was granted in March this year for a smaller, three-storey block comprising 6No one-bedroom and 3No two-bedroom dwellings.

Carlton Court, 23 Beckenham Road 17/02890/FULL1

A large residential development at Carlton Court, a two-storey block of six two-bedroom flats, diagonally opposite the Fire Station, on the corner with Hayne Road, was refused planning permission at Committee last week.

The planning application proposed the demolition of the existing building and garage block and the construction of a four-storey block of 30No flats comprised of 11No one-bedroom, 18No two-bedroom and 1No three-bedroom flats.

The existing block provides accommodation for up to 24 people, whereas this new proposal would have accommodated up to 88 people, however only 15No car parking spaces were provided for future residents.

This was a significantly larger scheme than the one granted planning approval last autumn, which was to add one storey to the existing building, providing 4No additional flats.

At the time of writing, the decision and the reasons for refusal had not been published.

61 The Avenue 17/01955/FULL1

The latest in a string of planning application for this site has been refused permission by the Council.

The scheme, for the development of two blocks each comprising 3No two-bedroom flats on the site, was rejected on the grounds that the proposal by reason of the size, height, bulk and massing of the buildings, would result in an overdevelopment of the site and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Downs Hill Conservation Area.

This was the fourth application in as many years and came, oddly, after a successful application last year to develop the site to provide two new family houses, which in our opinion is more suited to the particular location than flats.

56A Foxgrove Road 17/00624/OUT

The Council has, subject to a legal agreement, approved an outline planning application for the demolition of the existing 6No flats and garages and the development of a three to four-storey block comprising 18No flats, with car parking and landscaping.

45 Beckenham Road 17/02701/FULL1

A planning application has been approved for the conversion of the semi-detached house to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

8No bedrooms are proposed over the ground, first and second floors, comprising 7No double and 1No singles, providing accommodation for up to 15 people.  Occupants share one kitchen/dining room and several bathrooms.  Only two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Crystal Palace FC Training Ground, Copers Cope Road 15/02616/FULL

An application to demolish a number of single-storey office buildings and replace them with a two-storey extension to the existing main pavilion building, plus rationalisation and enlargement of the parking area, has been refused by the Council.

The reason given was that it was considered an inappropriate development on an area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) which would result in a loss of openness detrimental to the area.

Chinese Garage, Wickham Road 17/03273/RECON

Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in December last year for the conversion of this landmark building from a car dealership and garage to 2No ground floor retail units and 2No two-bedroom flats on the first floor.

The drawings submitted with the original application 16/02988/FULL suggested that the two retail units would be occupied by Pets at Home and Majestic Wine.   However this more recent application, for extended operating hours in the morning and evening, makes clear that Tesco now intend to take the lease, instead of Pets at Home.

There has already been much concern among local residents about the effect this proposal may have on the traffic congestion around the area of the roundabout where the building is located, increased noise and pollution, increased frequency of delivery vehicles, and the possible negative effect a supermarket would have on the parade of shops and businesses opposite.

At the time of writing there had been over 600 letters of objection to the proposal.

Land at the Junction with South Eden Park Road and Bucknall Way 17/00757/OUT

An outline planning application for a large residential development on the plot of open land at the northern end of the old Glaxo Smith Kline site, close to the Chinese Garage has been refused permission.

The scheme comprised of 3No blocks of flats, each three to four storeys high, accommodating a total of 52No flats, plus 15No four-storey terraced townhouses.  The flats would have faced onto South Eden Park Road and the houses towards the south and west of the site.

The applicant has appealed against the decision.

An application for a smaller development on adjacent land facing onto the Chinese Roundabout, known as Jacanda Lodge and owned by the same applicant, was also refused permission in September last year.  This development involved the demolition of the two existing houses on the site and the erection of 8No three-storey, 4-bedroom townhouses built in crescent formation.

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

Three years ago, the Government relaxed the planning laws to make it very easy to convert office premises to residential use.  Over this period, the majority of office space on Beckenham High Street, much of which was fully-let and in demand, has been given approval to be converted to flats.  Minimum space standards required for new-build or conversions do not apply to dwellings converted from offices, so many of these flats can be very cramped.

The largest of these sites include St Brides’s House (now complete), Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner and Burnhill House on Burnhill Road.  As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space has been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (Kelsey Square) 17/03675/FULL1

At the end of July last year Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining office building in the Beckenham High Street area to be converted into flats.  Burnhill House, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, was the subject of an application to convert the offices to 14No one and two-bedroom flats in 2015.  The council initially refused to grant consent, on the grounds that the proposal had inadequate provision for car parking, and would cause problems with highway safety on such a narrow section of the road.  An appeal by the applicant was dismissed, however a new application for the same scheme, but accompanied by a blank legal agreement promising the flats to be ‘car-free’ dwellings, was submitted and regrettably the Council capitulated and the application for the conversion of the office space to 14No flats was granted.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provided an extremely poor standard of living accommodation, particularly in terms of space, privacy, noise, natural light and amenity.

Earlier this year, the building owner made a fresh application for no less than 24No one-bedroom flats.  There were no drawings to show how ten more flats could be shoe-horned into the limited confines of the building, but thankfully the council refused the application.

Astonishingly the owner has since made yet another application (17/04077/RESPA), this time to squeeze in 22No units comprising 14No 1-bedroom flats and 8No bedsits.  There appear to be three separate entrances to the development and internal corridors leading to individual flats are long, with many changes in level. Less than half of the 1-bedroom flats meets the minimum space standards for new flats.  Four of the seven flats on the second floor have no proper windows, only sloping roof lights and several of the bedsits are just 3 metres wide.

In August, a further application was submitted, this time proposing an additional 9No new flats ‘bolted-on’ to the second floor and roof and substantial alterations of the existing building.  If granted permission, this would again bring the total number of flats the site to 24 (two existing flats on the first floor being retained and one flat originally proposed on the ground floor being sacrificed for bike and refuse storage) enabling up to 54 people to live there.  We have just heard that this application has been refused by the Council, on the grounds that the scheme fails to provide a satisfactory layout and standard required for good quality accommodation.  The poor internal layouts and outlooks of two of the proposed new flats were particularly criticised.  In addition, the proposal fails to provide any off-street car parking, thereby increasing the demand for on-street parking on local roads.

Applications on the High Street:

218 High Street (old Ardec shop) 16/04171/FULL

Earlier this year, permission was granted at appeal for the change of use of the old Ardec shop to a restaurant on the ground floor with an extension to the rear (15/02489/FULL).

A further application for kitchen extract equipment and drainage proposals was granted consent over the summer and hoardings have since been erected, indicating that work underway inside.

The application for a rear extension at first floor level an alterations to the ground floor extension, permitted under a separate consent, was approved last month.

210 High Street (old Clark’s shop)

The owner submitted three further planning applications last month, following enforcement action by the Council:

17/02751/FULL Introduction of seating to the first floor.

17/02755/FULL Retrospective application for external seating at the rear of the establishment for the purposes of consuming hot food, the construction of new fencing at the rear and a retractable awning over part of the rear external area, all of which had been installed without permission.

17/02753/FULL Retrospective application for the continued use of the property as a restaurant and the installation of kitchen extract equipment introduced without permission.

After an application 17/00050/LAPRE was made by the owners to vary and extend the current premises licence 16/00633/LAPRE at Two-Ten, the establishment had its licence suspended on 26th April for three months.

The decision followed a number of apparent breaches of its existing licence since the restaurant opened in December last year.  The owners had been ordered to address several matters including noise, the sale of alcohol, building regulations, fire regulations, compliance with smoking laws and installation of a cctv system.

206 High Street (old Chas Norman camera shop) 16/05707/FULL3

Following the approval of a retrospective application for the use of the first floor as a one-bedroom flat, and for shop front alterations including a roller shutter, new entrance to the flat above and shop window alterations, the art gallery/shop on the ground floor abruptly and closed last month.  Curiously, the shop had no name during its short occupation.  We wait to see what takes its place

162 High Street 17/01568/ADV (old Horts Boutique shop)

Over the summer, the Council took enforcement action against Tech Check, the new occupier of the shop unit for changing a shop frontage and installing solid security shutters in a conservation area without planning permission.

The owners submitted a planning application in June, but made the alterations two weeks later, opening the shop at the end of the month.

The above application for internally illuminated fascia and projecting signage was refused in August.  The reason for refusal was that the size, scale and design of the signage would result in a prominent over-proliferation of advertisements which would fail to respect the scale, character and appearance of the locally listed host building, and wider Beckenham Town Centre Conservation Area.

12A High Street 17/00911/FULL1 (Coady’s Estate Agent)

Permission was granted in May for the change of use of the estate agents office on the railway bridge to a cafe. Owned by the locksmiths and called ‘Poached’, the cafe opened last month.

PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin No.5, 30 August 2017

This is the latest in our series of updates on planning matters in and around the Copers Cope Area.  It’s been a while since our last bulletin, so this is quite a long one.

If you feel strongly about any of the planning applications below that are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley, you can leave your comments by clicking the links provided, then clicking on the comments tab.  Don’t forget to give your name and address, otherwise your views may not be considered.

 

Two More Major Residential Development Applications:

Maybrey Business Park, Worsley Bridge Road 16/05897/FULL

Planning approval was refused in May for a large residential development on the Maybrey Business Park site, near to Lower Sydenham Station.

The site, next to the old Dylon site, itself undergoing redevelopment, is currently occupied by two light industrial buildings dating from the 1930s, comprising nine business units.  Maybrey Works, which sits next to an area of Metropolitan Open Land occupied by sports pitches and the Pool River, is part of the Lower Sydenham Business Area and has been allocated as a Locally Significant Industrial Site in LBB’s emerging Local Plan.

The proposal, by Bellway Homes, involved the demolition of the existing structures and the construction of five new residential blocks of between five and nine storeys in height providing 159No dwellings and 1243 sq m of commercial space at ground floor level, plus gym for residents, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure works.  The residential portion of the development comprised 75No one-bed, 56No two-bed (4 person), 6No three-bed (4 person) and 22No three-bed (5 person) flats.

The reasons for refusal were: the site is located within a Business Area in the Council’s emerging Unitary Development Plan; the height and scale of the development would be harmful to the landscape and would have an unacceptable visual impact on its surroundings; the scheme was considered a cramped over-development of the site; and the development would have an unacceptable impact on local transport infrastructure.

The developer has recently appealed against the decision.

 

Footsies Social Club, Lower Sydenham 17/00170/FULL1

Also refused recently was an application for another large-scale residential development, on land adjacent.

The site, presently occupied by Footsies Social Club and playing fields, is on a wedge of open land situated between the New Beckenham / Lower Sydenham rail line and the Pool River, and is next to the old Dylon site where 220 flats are currently under construction.

A previous scheme that proposed a number of residential blocks ranging in height from eight to nine storeys in height providing 253No dwellings was dismissed at appeal last year.

This latest application proposed the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site, constructing a four to eight-storey (plus basement) development of 229No dwellings comprising 118No one-bedroom, 103No two-bedroom and 8No three-bedroom flats, together with the construction of an estate road, car and cycle parking and the landscaping of the east part of the site to form open space accessible to the public.

Reasons given for refusal were that: The site is within an area of Metropolitan Open Land and as such, the kind of development proposed was inappropriate; the site was considered inappropriate for tall buildings as they would have an adverse impact on the landscape and this outweighed the proposed benefit of opening up public access to the area of MOL; the applicant failed to show relevant special circumstances applicable to the scheme; the proposal did not provide sufficient affordable housing;

The applicant has subsequently appealed against the decision.  The appeal will be heard over four days from 30th January 2018.

 

Crusader Hall, High Street (behind shops from Cancer Research to Card Factory) 17/00029/FULL1

An application to demolish the existing Crusader Hall Clubhouse, situated behind shops on the High Street and accessed via Legion Alley, and redevelop the site to provide 2No one-bedroom and 7No two-bedroom flats, has been withdrawn.

 

3 Beckenham Road (above Barclays Bank) 16/02218/FULL1

An application in May last year for a three-storey addition, including a large, three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor, has been dismissed at appeal.

A proposal to build two additional floors for residential use on top of the two-storey Barclays Bank building opposite the cinema was approved in December last year.  The scheme comprises 2No. one-bedroom and 6No. two-bedroom flats.

 

Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road 16/05699/FULL1

An application for a scheme to redevelop the church was granted planning approval in April.

The principle element of the scheme is a glazed atrium on the west wall of the church to provide a new entrance, community cafe, social space, creche and cloakrooms.  Upgrades to the church building, such as replacing the heating system, lights, flooring and seating, are also planned.  The scheme requires the demolition of the scout huts to the side of the main church building.  The church estimates the work will cost £800,000.

For more information, visit the church to view the plans on display and pick up a leaflet.

 

84 Albermarle Road 16/05788/FULL1

Planning permission was granted in March to demolish the existing large house on the site and replace it with a three-storey block of flats, comprising 6No one-bedroom and 3No two-bedroom dwellings, plus parking and landscaping.

 

13 Lea Road 16/05794/FULL1

A proposal to construct a new end-of-terrace house next to No13 Lea Road, which is located within the High Street Conservation Area, together with roof alterations to No13 itself, was refused permission in April.

Reasons given for refusal were that the proposal: represented a cramped overdevelopment of the site which would appear out of character with the streetscene and had inadequate spatial provision; would form a contrived design which would not respect or complement the form of the neighbouring property and fail to preserve and enhance the surrounding properties on Lea Road and wider Beckenham Town Centre Conservation Area; would result in a loss of existing on-site car parking provision.

 

NatWest Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road 16/05845/FULL1

Following a failed application last year to provide a hand carwash facility on the site, which sits next to Gambados, another application proposing the same use was similarly refused in May.

Reasons given for refusal were that the proposal would result in an inappropriate development on an area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL); the acoustic report submitted was deficient in a number of areas; the proposal would cause noise and disturbance to the local area.

 

61 The Avenue 17/01955/FULL1

Another planning application is currently being considered by the Council proposing the demolition of the existing house, which is located in the Downs Hill Conservation Area, and development of two blocks comprising 3No two-bedroom flats on the site.

This is the fourth application in as many years and comes, oddly, after a successful application last year to develop the site to provide two new family houses, which in our opinion is more suited to the particular location than flats.

The Council refused the application earlier this month on the grounds that the proposal by reason of the size, height, bulk and massing of the buildings, would result in an overdevelopment of the site and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Downs Hill Conservation Area.

 

10 Copers Cope Road 17/03033

Another retrospective planning application has been made for a basement and ground floor dwelling, that has already been built in the rear garden.  A similar retrospective application was refused last year and LBB had also taken enforcement action.

No 10 is described as a four-storey, end-of-terrace hotel building that has been extensively  refurbished.  In 2015 the owner was granted permission to build a structure in the rear garden to provide additional facilities for the hotel, including a laundry, fitness room, staff room, office, toilets and storage.

The building had since been repurposed to become a three-bedroom dwelling, without permission.  The building had also been found to be larger than the original consent allowed, and included a second lightwell that wasn’t on the consented drawings.

 

56A Foxgrove Road 17/00624/OUT

The Council is currently considering an outline planning application for the demolition of the existing 6No flats and garages and developing a three to four-storey block comprised of 18No flats, with car parking and landscaping.

 

14 Southend Road 17/00664/FULL1

Another application was refused in April for the construction of a three-storey side and rear extension and the conversion of the existing house, which sits in the Southend Conservation Area, to 4No one-bedroom and 1No two-bedroom flats.

The reason given for refusal was that the proposed extension would harm the character of the conservation area due to its prominent siting, height and scale and its relationship to the existing and adjacent buildings.

A similar application was refused last year.

 

45 Beckenham Road 17/02701/FULL1

A planning application has been submitted for the conversion of the semi-detached house to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

8No bedrooms are proposed over the ground, first and second floors, comprising 7No double and 1No singles, providing accommodation for up to 15 people.  Occupants share one kitchen/dining room and several bathrooms.  Only two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

 

Carlton Court, 23 Beckenham Road 17/02890/FULL1

A large residential development has been proposed at Carlton Court, a two-storey block of six two-bedroom flats, diagonally opposite the Fire Station, on the corner with Hayne Road.

The planning application proposes the demolition of the existing building and garage block and the construction of a four-storey block of 30No flats comprised of 11No one-bedroom, 18No two-bedroom and 1No three-bedroom flats.

The existing block provides accommodation for up to 24 people, whereas this new proposal will accommodate up to 88 people, however only 15No car parking spaces are provided for future residents.

This is a significantly larger scheme than the one granted planning approval last autumn, which was to add one storey to the existing building, providing 4No additional flats.

 

Chinese Garage, Wickham Road 17/03273/RECON

Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in December last year for the conversion of this landmark building from a car dealership and garage to 2No ground floor retail units and 2No two-bedroom flats on the first floor.

The drawings submitted with the original application 16/02988/FULL suggested that the two retail units would be occupied by Pets at Home and Majestic Wine.   However this more recent application, for extended operating hours in the morning and evening, makes clear that Tesco now intend to take the lease, instead of Pets at Home.

There has already been much concern among local residents about the effect this proposal may have on the traffic congestion around the area of the roundabout where the building is located, increased noise and pollution, increased frequency of delivery vehicles, and the possible negative effect a supermarket would have on the parade of shops and businesses opposite.

At the time of writing there had been over 600 letters of objection to the proposal.

The official deadline for commenting on the application is 31st August, although your views will still be taken into account after this date if you email the case officer russell.penn@bromley.gov.uk and planning@bromley.gov.uk stating the case reference 17/03273/RECON in the subject line (remember to include your name and address at the end of your email, otherwise your views may not be considered).

 

Eden Park High School, Balmoral Avenue 16/03145/OUT

Outline planning permission was granted in June for a new secondary school on the South Suburban Co-Op Society site in Elmers End.

The controversial scheme provides a new school with eight forms of entry catering for up to 1,680 pupils.  The development comprises 2No two to three-storey teaching buildings totalling 13,500 square metres, plus sports hall, playing fields, multi-use games area, floodlighting, parking and access road.

According to their website, the school is due to open this September with 180 Year 7 pupils in temporary accommodation.

 

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

Three years ago, the Government relaxed the planning laws to make it very easy to convert office premises to residential use.  Over this period, the majority of office space on Beckenham High Street, much of which was fully-let and in demand, has been given approval to be converted to flats.  Minimum space standards that are required for new-build or conversions do not apply to dwellings converted from offices, so many of these flats can be very cramped.

The largest of these sites include St Brides’s House (now complete), Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner and Burnhill House on Burnhill Road.  As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space has been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

 

Here are some of the latest applications for conversion from office to residential  use:

Newbeck Court, 125 Park Road 16/05068/FULL2

An application for the change of use of the offices at Newbeck Court, next to the railway and adjacent to New Beckenham Station, to residential use comprising 2no. two-bedroom  and 1No one-bedroom flats with 3no. car park spaces, has been approved.

 

8-12 Bromley Road (above Chom Chom restaurant) 17/01036/RESPA

A change-of-use application has been approved to convert the two floors of offices over Chom Chom restaurant to flats, comprising 10No one-bedroom dwellings comprising 7No one-bedroom/one-person and 3No one-bedroom/two-person flats.  According to the plans submitted, half of the flats appear to be below minimum space standards, with one of them just 32.2 sq m (347 sq ft).  Last week Chom Chom announce they had closed down.  We wait to see what takes its place.

 

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (Kelsey Square) 17/03675/FULL1

At the end of July last year Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining office building in the Beckenham High Street area to be converted into flats.  Burnhill House, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, was the subject of an application to convert the offices to 14No one and two-bedroom flats in 2015.  The council initially refused to grant consent, on the grounds that the proposal had inadequate provision for car parking, and would cause problems with highway safety on such a narrow section of the road.  An appeal by the applicant was dismissed, however a new application for the same scheme, but accompanied by a blank legal agreement promising the flats to be ‘car-free’ dwellings, was submitted and regrettably the Council capitulated and the application for the conversion of the office space to 14No flats was granted.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provided an extremely poor standard of living accommodation, particularly in terms of space, privacy, noise, natural light and amenity.

Incredibly, earlier this year, the building owner made a fresh application for no less than 24No one-bedroom flats.  There were no drawings to show how ten more flats could be shoe-horned into the limited confines of the building, but thankfully the council refused the application.

This month, yet another application has been submitted, this time proposing an additional 9No new flats ‘bolted-on’ to the second floor and roof and substantial alterations of the existing building.  If granted permission, this would again bring the total number of flats the site to 24 (two existing flats on the first floor being retained and one flat originally proposed on the ground floor being sacrificed for bike and refuse storage) enabling up to 54 people to live there.

No car parking is provided (future residents will apparently not be allowed CPZ parking permits) and this will lead to pressure on nearby roads without parking restrictions.

We regard this latest proposal as an over-development of an already awkward building on a constrained site.  We’ve also noted there will be a marked disparity between the flats in the converted office space, which aren’t required to meet minimum national space standards, and the new flats which are.  Additionally, there is no requirement by the developer to provide affordable homes, as they are proposing nine new units (ten or more, and a proportion have to be ‘affordable’).  There is no requirement for any of the flats in the converted office space to be ‘affordable’.

If you would like to have a closer look and comment on this latest scheme, click on the link above.

 

Applications on the High Street:

 

218 High Street (old Ardec shop) 16/04171

Earlier this year, permission was granted at appeal for the change of use of the old Ardec shop to a restaurant on the ground floor with an extension to the rear (15/02489).

A further application for kitchen extract equipment and drainage proposals was granted consent this month.  Hoardings have since been erected, indicating that work has started inside.

 

210 High Street (old Clark’s shop) 16/04189/CUTA3

An application 16/05191/FULL1 submitted last November for the installation of a kitchen extraction hood external ducting to rear of the property was refused in March this year, on the grounds of insufficient information.

After an application 17/00050/LAPRE was made by the owners to vary and extend the current premises licence at Two-Ten, the establishment had its licence suspended on 26th April for three months.

The decision followed a number of apparent breaches of its existing licence since the restaurant opened in December last year.  The owners have been ordered to address several matters including noise, the sale of alcohol, building regulations, fire regulations, compliance with smoking laws and installation of a cctv system.

At the time of writing, there is currently also an enforcement enquiry underway regarding an alleged unauthorised change to a shop front together with the installation of a unauthorised canopy to the rear of the building.

 

206 High Street (old Chas Norman camera shop) 16/05707/FULL3

A retrospective application has been approved for the use of the first floor as a one-bedroom flat, and for shop front alterations including a roller shutter,new entrance to the flat above and shop window alterations.  The ground floor was  open for several months as an art gallery/shop, without any apparent name, before abruptly closing earlier this month.  We wait to see what takes its place

 

186A High Street (above Oliver Stephens Opticians) 17/00026/FULL1

An application to convert the existing three-bedroom duplex flat above the shop into 1No one-bedroom and 1No two-bedroom flats has been refused as the two dwellings would be lacking in adequate amenities and standard of accommodation for future occupants.

 

162 High Street 17/01568/ADV (old Horts Boutique shop)

The Council has taken enforcement action against Tech Check, the new occupier of the shop unit for changing a shop frontage and installing solid security shutters in a conservation area without planning permission.

The owners submitted a planning application in June, but made the alterations two weeks later, opening the shop at the end of the month.

 

 

12A High Street 17/00911/FULL1 (Coady’s Estate Agent)

Permission was granted in May for the change of use of the estate agents office on the railway bridge to a cafe.  At the time of writing, the cafe had not opened, but the its name, ‘Poached’ is shown on the window.

 

Beeches Court, 115-127 High Street (above Flower Studio) 17/01348/FULL

An application to reconfigure the 4No two-bedroom flats on the first and second floors to 8No one-bedroom flats was granted planning approval in May.

Bus diversions from Tuesday 29th August 2017 during next phases of The Beckenham Town Centre Improvements

Bus diversion during Phases 3 & 4 of The Beckenham Town Centre Improvements

(Provided by F M Conway, contractor for the works)

Phases 3 and 4 of the Beckenham Town Centre Improvements are due to commence on Tuesday 29thAugust. Road diversions to assist in this phase will be in operation from 09:30am on that day. This will include bus diversions.

Westbound route 227, 367 and N3 buses will no longer be using Manor Road. They will now be using Bromley Road and stopping at stop F as normal. They will then turn right into the High Street (although they won’t serve stop C by Marks & Spencer) and divert via Rectory Road, serving stops G and W.

Route 367 will then turn left at the War Memorial and resume its normal route at Village Way stop M. It won’t serve stop P in the High Street.

Southbound routes 54 & 354 will remain diverted via Rectory Road, stopping at stops G and W. Southbound route 162 will remain diverted via Albemarle Road and St George’s Road, serving stop Z.

Bus stops D and H will remain closed.

During this phase of the work bus stop K (outside Lidl) will be closed and stop R at the bottom of the High Street will only be served by route 352. Passengers will be directed to stops BP, F, G M or S.

More details on the bus diversions are available online at tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges.

(Revised map will be available shortly)

 

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 24th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 24th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

·         Kerb laying and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.

·         The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

·         Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Road/High Street Junction are continuing. The old traffic islands at this junction will be removed.

·         Pavement laying will commence adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green.

In order to ensure the completion of Phase 2 on programme Conway’s will be working extended hours to 8pm and at the weekend.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works and therefore trenches such as at the Albemarle and High Street junction cannot be filled.

Previous completed works 

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage, paving have been completed.

The completed scheme 

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

 The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

A Big Thank You 

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the scheme 

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road

crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 17th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 17th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

Work for weeks commencing the 17th July 2017. 

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage and traffic signals work will continue.

·         Kerb laying and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.

·         The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

In order to ensure the completion of Phase 2 on programme Conway’s will be working extended hours to 8pm and at the weekend.

For reference, in the week commencing the 24th July 2017 the paving adjacent the planters is anticipated to commence.

Previous completed works 

·         Footway excavation and sett laying between Belmont Dry Cleaners and The Dance Studio.

·         Construction of the parking bays between The Dance Studio and Lloyds Bank.

The completed scheme 

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme :-

    • The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.

    • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

     • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thornton’s Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

   • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present. 

    • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places. 

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

A Big Thank You 

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the scheme 

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 10th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 10th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

·         Footway excavation and sett laying will commence between Belmont Dry Cleaners and The Dance Studio.

·         Construction shuttering for the parking bays between The Dance Studio and Church Ave junction.

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage and traffic signals work will commence.

·         The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

Previous completed works 

·         The kerbing and granite sett paving in the parking bays at Thornton’s Corner.

·         The paving outside Jumping Beans has been laid completing the area 47-65 High street. The old bus shelter in this location has been removed in preparation for a replacement shelter.

·         Kerb laying and new paving has commenced from The Big Breakfast towards Church Avenue.

The completed scheme 

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

·         The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

·         After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

·         No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

·         The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

 

A Big Thank You 

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the scheme 

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.