Prominent Victorian house doomed to be demolished, January 2022

The final decision will be made by councillors at a planning committee meeting at 7pm on Thursday 20th January 2022.   

Situated on the corner of Downsbridge Road, at a prominent location near the brow of the hill between Beckenham and Shortlands, Coleridge House at 79 and 79a Bromley Road is a distinctive building from the late-Victorian era 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 12 self-contained social housing flats for the elderly and an adjoining, four-bedroom single family house (79a).  The £12M development involves the demolition of the entire building, replacing it with a five-storey block of 27 flats much bigger than the existing building, and an 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.  

The Victorian Society has said, “Victorian villas such as this may be considered fairly common nationally, but within the local context, it is a rare survival. The house has both architectural and historical interest as a building representative of the growth of the area in the late 19th century, and as such, should be considered a local landmark and a non-designated heritage asset and its loss would harm the significance of the building and the contribution it makes to the local area.”  It goes on to say,“The two buildings in combination retain a vestige of the formerly leafy character of the area, and the loss of one would erode this character. If permitted, this could set a precedent for the piecemeal demolition of similar surviving larger 19th/20th century houses in the area.”

Bromley Council has committed to be carbon neutral by 2029 and, considering the UK’s national carbon reduction targets, we believe that retaining, refurbishing or converting existing buildings should always be preferable over demolition.

It is also very disappointing to see in their Affordable Housing Viability Statement that the developer, like many others involved in residential schemes in Beckenham in recent years, doesn’t include any affordable housing provision.  According to planning application documents, 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.

The planning officer’s report can be found here

A list of the councillors who’ll be making the final decision at the meeting can be found here. 

Online session on bromley covid vaccination programme 10 march 2021

Bromley Healthcare invites all Bromley residents to an online event on the 10th March (3 – 4pm). Book your place before 7th March.

Get the latest information on the COVID vaccination rollout in Bromley.

In this session there will be an update on where NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group are with the vaccination programme in Bromley, how you can help them reach different communities, what information would be helpful for the public and reflecting on the volunteer support to the vaccination programme.

Please register here. Deadline 7th March.

Important message from SE London CCG on vaccinations for over 70s


On Wednesday, 3 February, NHS England (London region) announced changes to the way in which Londoners over the age of 70 access their COVID vaccination. The change has been made to ensure anyone over the age of 70 has their COVID vaccination as soon as possible.

Any London resident over the age of 70 who has not yet had their first COVID vaccination can now book online at: or by calling 119. A letter is no longer needed; people will only need to give either their NHS number or their postcode and date of birth.

You will be able to book an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy. You will not be able to book in for a vaccination with your GP in this way. If this is your preference, please wait to be contacted.

Met Police warning on potential NHS Test & Trace scams, June 2020

The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has issued the following alert:


This government service is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public are on board with it; however, people have concerns about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams and some scam texts are already in circulation.
NHS Test & Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords and will never visit your home. Also, Contact Tracers will never:

Ask you to dial a premium rate number (eg those starting 09 or 087);Ask you to make any form of payment;
Ask for details of your bank account;
Ask for your social media identities, login details, or those of your contacts;
Ask for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up passwords or PINs over the phone;
Ask you to purchase a product;
Ask you to download software or hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet;
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS.

Whilst it is possible for criminals to fake official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. Anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email in relation to Test & Trace is encouraged to check the website address provided carefully. If possible, type the official address ( followed by unique characters given to you, directly into your browser.

If you think you have been sent a scam message, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via

KCH NHS Foundation Trust draft mental health strategy consultation

Kings Mental Health Strategy – draft strategy out for consultation

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have published their draft mental health strategy identifying key priorities to provide vision and direction over the coming five years. These priorities have been developed based on the good work already happening across the Trust, with input from clinical and operational staff and early engagement with volunteers, members, patients and Healthwatch organisations. They are now engaging with a range of local organisations and partners.

The strategy aims to build on and spread good practice in meeting the physical and mental health needs of their patients, their families and carers. Click here to read the strategy.

If you have any comments or questions, please email them to by close of play on Monday 9th September 2019.

You can also attend one of the sessions they will be holding to discuss the strategy.

  • 3rd September, Board Room, Hambledon Wing, Denmark Hill, King’s College Hospital. You can attend a session from 5.00 – 6.00pm or 6.30-7.30pm
  • 9th September,10.00 – 11.30am, PRUH Education Centre, Princess Royal University Hospital

To register for a place at one of these sessions, please contact:

Latest Stakeholder Bulletin from Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, March 2019

The latest Stakeholder Bulletin from the Bromley Clinical Commission Group (CCG) can be found here

It includes news about a new service specification for emotional and mental wellbeing services for children and young people living in Bromley and the award of a contract for a new primary care provider for care home residents in the borough.




B&Q stores supporting local community with ‘Community reuse’ scheme

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It’s a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes:

Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
Plastic plant pots and trays
Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating
Broken tiles and slabs
Ends of wallpaper rolls
Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
Old products that have been written off

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, get in touch with B&Q.  They will add your details to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area.

Please note that B&Q cannot guarantee what will be offered or when due to the nature of the materials they are donating.

The community groups B&Q have worked with for as part of the Community Reuse scheme have included:

  • Community garden projects
  • Registered charities
  • Schools and colleges
  • Community Repaint
  • Youth groups, Scouts and Guides
  • Hospices
  • Preschool groups and registered child minders

For more information please contact your local store or email

Have a say in how health services are run in Beckenham – February 2019

Be part of your local health trust – become a member of King’s

Individual membership is free and you can choose how involved you’d like to be. Being a member gives you more say in how King’s services are run across Beckenham and Bromley, including at the Princess Royal University Hospital and Orpington Hospital. You can get involved in a range of activities to help improve the care they provide for you and your community.

Individual members can also:

• Find out what’s new at King’s including the latest healthcare technology and services
• Connect with their volunteering or fundraising programmes
• Tell them what matters to you and your family about your health care
• Vote for their Governors or stand to be a Governor yourself
• Get discounts for high street shopping through NHS Discounts.

For further information and to register visit their website.

Survey on local support for children and young people with ASD or social communication needs, February 2019

Provision of support for children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication needs

Bromley has recently established a local area partnership group whose remit is to investigate the local support on offer across the borough for children and young people aged 0-25, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication needs. The group is looking to reshape future provision across education, care and health services. To identify needs and gaps in current provision they’re inviting the views of anyone who either works with or provides services for this group of children and young people.

Please complete their quick survey:  The deadline is Friday 15th February.

New online counselling service for 11-19-year old residents in Beckenham from February 2019

New online counselling service for 11-19-year olds now available across south east London

Starting on Monday 4 February, young people in Beckenham (and Bromley) can access a free, anonymous, online mental health and emotional wellbeing support. NHS South East London has commissioned XenZone’s online counselling service, Kooth, for an initial period of 14 months to provide the service. Read the news via NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group and check out the service provided at Kooth.

GP, Dentist and Social Care Surveys – let them know your views.

Out-of-hours GP access survey

Have you tried to access services when your GP has been closed?

Healthwatch Bromley is currently exploring the out-of-hours information provided for patients by GP Practices across the London Borough of Bromley.

Out-of-hour services are those provided outside of your GP Practice opening hours.These include urgent care centres, NHS 111, walk-in centres, A&E and extended GP services.

We are collecting local experiences and views of these services and would love to hear from you.

Please fill out the survey here.

Dentist Survey

Healthwatch Bromley is looking for your feedback on local dental services and would be grateful if you could complete our latest questionnaire.

We are particularly interested in understanding accessibility to the service so would still love to hear from you even if you do not use a dental practice.

Please fill out the survey here.

Social Care Survey

Healthwatch Bromley and Healthwatch Lewisham are carrying out a research project across both boroughs, looking into the social care needs and experiences of local people. We are interested to hear people’s experiences on access and referrals, social care assessments and quality of local care provision. We are looking to hear from anyone that receives support from the local authority, ranging from domestic support, direct payments and care packages, to personal care.

We would really appreciate you taking the time to complete our survey if you have experience of social care in either borough.

Please fill it out by clicking here.  


Benedict House, Copers Cope Road: Proposal for a Residential Support Centre, February 2017

Two applications are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley’s planning officers proposing the change of use of Benedict house, a former nursing home, to a Residential Support Centre.

LBB’s Director of Housing has provided a briefing document, below, to answer some of the concerns that have been raised so far:

What is the Proposal?

Benedict House has recently been purchased by developers who are seeking to redevelop the site for high quality apartments. Time is required to prepare for redevelopment meaning that Benedict House is likely to be vacant for up to 2 years.  In the interim the developers have offered the opportunity for the LondonBorough of Bromley to utilise the building for up to 2 years for use as temporary accommodation to help meet its statutory rehousing duties.

Why is the accommodation needed by Bromley for use as temporary accommodation?

The number of households presenting at risk of homelessness has increased steadily in recent years. For the majority, the reason for homelessness is that they are experiencing difficulties in affording the increasing costs of renting or buying a home.  A reduction in new build accommodation, increase in private sector rents and changes within social housing has meant that move on housing options havedecreased and the numbers in temporary accommodation has risen to unprecedented levels. This has meant that to meet the level of housing need the Council has had to utilise costly forms of insecure nightly paid accommodation which frequently falls short of requirements in terms of location and quality.  The use of Benedict House for up to 2 years would provide much needed local temporary accommodation whilst longer term housing solutions are identified.

Who decides which people would be placed into Benedict House?

The Council would retain full control over nominations throughout the periodof use. This means that the Council would decide who is placed into the accommodation and for how long.

Would people be placed from outside of the borough?

No, as the Council controls who is nominated only those households with a local connection with Bromley would be eligible. These would be residents who live and/or have permanent employment within the borough.  Prioirty would be given to those households who currently live, work or have children in schooling near to, or on direct transport links to Copers Cope Road.

What type of People will be placed?

Local people, mainly families or couples, who have become homeless throughno fault of their own and to whom the Council owes a statutory duty to assist in rehousing. A full assessment would be undertaken before any household isnominated and only those households who have been assessed as able to fully maintain a tenancy independently where the need is solely for housing rather than support would be eligible to be placed into Benedict House. The scheme would not be open to those people who are deemed vulnerable requiring intensive support to be able to manage a tenancy because of their vulnerability, such as those with enduring mental health needs. The council has alternative specialist support schemes which provide more intensive support for these people.

Who will manage the schemes?

The scheme would be managed by Omega Mears. They already work with the Council sourcing and managing a number of temporary accommodationunits and have a long track record of successful temporary accommodationand tenancy management. It is proposed that 24 hour on site management is provided. Mears would also provide ongoing advice and support to residentsin partnership with the Council to assist households to secure settled accommodation and ensure that they do not become homeless again. For example helping to access employment for those who may not currently be in full time employment.

Would I be able to contact anyone if I had concerns or queries about the Scheme?

Yes, full contact details of the Mears staff and Council’s housing needs team would be made available to all local residents so that they would be able to make contact should they have any queries or concerns at any point.

What type of tenancies would residents have? Can you guarantee that they would have to leave at the end of the 2 years?

All residents would be signed up to a licence agreement. This is a non-secureagreement meaning that they would not hold any interest in the property or have any rights to remain in the long term. The agreement sets out residents’ responsibilities and the conditions they must meet to be eligible to stay in the accommodation. This includes their conduct and the conduct of any visitors to the scheme. As the agreement is not a ‘protected agreement’ it can be brought to an immediate end should any resident or their visitor breach these rules or the Council require vacant possession. In this way conditions can be actively enforced to ensure that the scheme operate successfully without disturbance or disruption for any other residents in the scheme or local community and can ensure vacant possession at the end of the period of use as temporary accommodation.

To view the applications, and submit your own comments, click on the links below:



Remember to include your name and address in any correspondence otherwise your comments will not be registered.

Residential Support Centre / Hostel proposed on Copers Cope Road, January 2017

Applications have been submitted for proposed change of use of a former nursing home on Copers Cope Road to a Residential Support Centre.

Benedict House, on the corner of Park Road, was in use as a nursing home until last year, when it closed following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found it to be inadequate (click this link to read article in the Bromley Times last summer).
Omega Mears, a care service provider, proposes to lease the building from the current owner, Spring Capital Management, with the intention of using it as a ‘residential support centre’ to provide ‘accommodation, care and support services’ for ‘homeless families, vulnerable young adults and emergency housing requirements arising from healthcare needs and other issues’.
Two separate applications have been submitted: the first for a certificate of lawful proposed use (as a residential support centre) ; the second for a temporary change of use from a care home to a residential support centre.  We believe  the purpose of the second application is in case the first one is refused.  Both applications are supported by letters from Bromley Council’s Education, Care & Health Services department.
The letters from LBB EC&HS point to the fact, amongst others, that numbers housed in temporary accommodation has more than doubled in the last five years, hence the increasing requirement for facilities such as this, particularly for parents and children who have become homeless through no fault of their own.
No external alterations are proposed to the building and there is no increase in the number of bedrooms from when it was in use as a nursing home.  There are 41 bedrooms in total: 35 double, 5 single and 1 disabled.  30 bedrooms are ensuite.  Omega Mears have submitted a comprehensive Management Plan and the facility will be supervised 24 hours a day.
You can view both applications in full, including the Council letter and Management Plan, and comment on the proposals by clicking the links below:
CCARA has written to the assigned planning officer and ward councillors requesting  that an informal meeting, or drop-in session, is held by council officers and representatives from the service provider, for residents to gain a clearer understanding of the exact proposals and ask questions in order that an assessment can be made of any areas of concern before the application is considered by the Council’s Planning Committee.

Meet NHS Bromley CCG’s health leaders – Mon 26 Sept 2016, Bromley Central Library

NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invites anyone who lives, works or studies in Bromley to meet the borough’s health leaders on Monday 26 September at an evening event at Bromley Central Library (High St, Bromley, Kent BR1 1EX). 

Fully open to the public, the evening will get underway at 5.30pm with a ‘meet and greet’ marketplace event, followed by our annual general meeting (AGM) at 6.30pm and a question and answer session with our governing body. We expect to finish by 7.30pm.

The marketplace showcases health services on offer across Bromley, bringing together representatives from children and young people’s services, maternity services, mental health, cancer services, GP practices and many more. You can meet the people who buy, plan and monitor health services for you across Bromley, and:

  • Find out the age of your heart
  • Know your risk of developing diabetes
  • Assess your intake of alcohol and sugar
  • Check your heart rhythm
  • Enter our health raffle
  • Get involved in shaping our services

Find out more in the AGM about our achievements over the past 12 months, our financial performance, and our plans for the future.

Dr Andrew Parson, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bromley CCG, said: “Over the past year we have worked hard as a CCG to put patients first, improve health services in Bromley and deliver our vision of better health, better care and better value. Our AGM provides an excellent opportunity to show the public and our partners some of the work we have done together and our plans for the future.

“All our governing body members are local people, so they all have a real interest in making sure that healthcare services for the people of Bromley are the best that they can be.

“I encourage anyone who wants to find out what the CCG is about and how decisions are made to come along to our meeting. We look forward to hearing your questions about the services that matter to you.”

If you would like any more information about this event or please contact Rachael Lukowska on 01689 866643 or email

 The CCG Annual Report on our website at



adult community health services in Bromley – SURVEY

NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for many of the health services you will use in Bromley.  The CCG is seeking views from adults who use community health services.   The CCG wants to learn more about their experiences using these services. Whether they are a patient or care for a friend or family member using the services. The feedback will help the CCG ensure that the services meet the needs of people in Bromley.  

You might have already been asked some general questions about these services in a previous surveys. This survey includes some further questions  to better understand your experience and opinions.

Please be assured that all responses to this survey will be anonymous, strictly confidential and will not be attributed to individuals in any way.

You can reach the online survey here or you can take part over the phone by calling 0800 085 4879. 

Share your views on improving healthcare in Bromley Borough

Over the last year we have been developing plans to improve the way that health and social care is organised and delivered for people in Bromley.   We are doing this for the following reasons: 

  • We want to help you take better care of your health and have the right support to do so. 
  • We want more care to be provided in the community so that you only go into hospital if you really need to be there. 
  • We want to make sure you get high quality care when you need it, from the right service in the right place.
  • We want you to have better joined up care for all your health and social care needs so you don’t have to repeat yourself many times to different people.
  • We want to ensure you have the best experience possible.
  • We need to do this in a way that will make the best use of the money we have to spend on the NHS.

Our plans have been developed with the help of many people including doctors, nurses, health professionals, patients and other staff.   We have come up with a way of providing more joined up care that is focused on the needs of patients and which should help us deliver the improvements required and help people to live longer and healthier lives.  If you want to find out more about these plans, please call 01689 866535 or email .

To help us shape how we deliver these improvements, please help us by completing our survey here.

Dave Moore
Communications and Engagement Manager
Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group

News from Bethlam Hospital Beckenham

As you may be aware, the trust was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission and achieved an overall ‘good’ rating with some services rated as ‘outstanding’. More than 100 inspectors visited our services and judged them to be “safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led”. The full report can be found here: if you would like to read it.

 Also, last year, we opened the Bethlem Gallery and Museum. A new space open to the public and free of charge where visitors can view centuries of significant historic artworks and objects together with inspiring contemporary works by current artists and service users.  Since the space opened, we’ve welcomed many visitors and I hope that you will consider going along . More information here:

You may remember that in May 2014 our documentary series Bedlam was awarded a BAFTA television award. Since then, we have been working with Channel 4 and Rare Day (a production company) on a project looking at forensic mental health. We recently started filming at River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital. This will not be a second series of Bedlam, we hope to achieve the same outcomes in terms of successfully breaking down widely-held prejudices surrounding mental illness. The aim is to give members of the public a better understanding of what forensic mental health really means, seen through the eyes of the patients and the staff who care for them. At the moment we don’t have a name or broadcast date for the series, but we will be in touch when we know more.

You can contact the Media Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust which runs Bethlam by email for further information.


Best wishes



Sarah Crack

Head of communications and media

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Patient and public awareness events on the Mental Capacity Act in Beckenham Nov & Dec 2015

Bromley CCG are holding two patient and public awareness events on the Mental Capacity Act.  The dates are as follows: 

  • 18 November – 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Beckenham Beacon, Harry Lyne Room
  • 8 December – 09:30am – 11:00am – Beckenham Beacon, Meeting Room C

 The Mental Capacity Act is about empowering people to make their own decisions and also how they can make their own wishes known and respected, once they are no longer able to consent for themselves.

These could be people who may have more permanent issues related to capacity such as dementia, learning disabilities, had a stroke, brain injuries  and people who may have more temporary issues related to capacity due to mental health problems or other illnesses. 

Bromley CCG has a responsibility or ensure that we commission services that offer high levels of quality and treatment.  A fundamental element of the commissioning process is that providers understand the Act, apply it to daily practice, have mechanisms in place to monitor their compliance and can demonstrate that the Act is embedded throughout the organisation.

If you would like to attend this event, please register here:


Care Quality Commission Inspection on PRUH, Orpington Hospital and King’s

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its inspection report for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, following their visit to the Trust in April this year. 

The Trust has been given an overall ‘requires improvement’ rating. Individual sites were also rated; both King’s College Hospital (Denmark Hill) and the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) were rated as ‘requires improvement’, whilst Orpington Hospital was rated as ‘good’. The full reports are available on the CQC’s website at:

Phlebotomy (Blood) Services in Beckenham and Bromley Borough

Bromley CCG are wanting to hear views from residents about their experiences of using blood taking services, after a referral from their GP. Their aim is to understand how residents currently access blood taking services and if the services are meeting their needs. To have your say, you can complete their survey here

They are also running an evening focus group to get your views on the 20th October, from 6.00-7.00pm. This will be held in the Harry Lyne Room at the Beckenham Beacon. If you would like to attend please email