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. 

School Street for St Mary’s, Westgate Rd – have your say by 30 Jan 2022

Bromley Council are proposing a school street on the unmade part of Westgate Rd for St Mary’s primary. During school drop off and pick up the road will be closed other than for residents. Fine our more here:

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/546/cycling_and_walking_to_school/1617/st_marys_school_street_%E2%80%93_westgate_road_beckenham

Residents must complete the short survey by 30 Jan 2022.

Bromley Borough Pharmacy Survey has been extended to 14 Jan 2022

Bromley Council is working with Healthy Dialogues on a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) which looks at the health needs of the people who live in your area.

They want to know about your experiences and views around your local pharmacy, and how you may be currently using the service. This will help to inform potential decisions on future pharmacy services, or considerations for changes and improvements at your current pharmacy.

Take the survey here: pharmaceutical needs assessment survey.

Loss of gas supplies – Beckenham BR3 1QT31 Dec 2021

Notice from SGN:

We are aware that gas supplies to around 300 properties in the Worsley Bridge Road area of Beckenham have been affected as a result of water entering our network. Our engineers are on site and have worked with Thames Water to establish the cause. Work to repair one of our pipes will take place today. At this time, it’s difficult to estimate exactly how long it will take to restore supplies.

For anyone elderly, disabled, chronically sick or have young children or other special needs, we have portable electric appliances available for cooking and heating. These can be obtained by calling our 24-hour Customer Service team on 0800 912 1717.

Our website will be updated with further information here.

 

Getting vaccinated in Bromley over holiday period

Below an overview of available clinics during the festive season. Please note additional clinics might be added. BOOKING IS ENCOURAGED. WALK-INS AVAILABLE DEPENDING ON CAPACITY.

  • 27 and 28 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission 5.30pm)
  • 29 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission 5.30pm)
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-4.30pm
  • 30 December
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in (last admission at 5.30pm)
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-4.30pm
    • Oaks Park Medical Centre – Book on 020 8175 0473 or walk-in. 9.30-5pm
  • 31 December
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-12pm
  • 3 January onwards
    • Bromley Civic Centre – Book on NBS or walk-in before 5.30pm
  • 6 January
  • 8 January
    • London Lane Clinic – Book on 020 8175 8607 or walk-in. 9-12pm
  • 13 January

Bromley Winter leaflet

Bromley health and care staff are urging residents to take good care of themselves this winter and seek medical help early when they need it.   The Bromley winter health leaflet provides some top tips for staying well and where to go when you need help

POP UP VACCINATION CLINIC AT BROMLEY FOOTBALL CLUB – Sun 19 Dec 2021

Bromley Football Club, Hayes Lane, BR2 9EF is hosting a one-day Pfizer vaccination event on Sunday 19 December between 10am and 4pm. Free lateral flow kits will also be available on the day.

What: Pfizer vaccine – First, second dose and boosters.

Who: All 18 years+ welcome plus those eligible for boosters

How: Book via 020 8175 0473 / Walk-ins welcome

Copers Cope Police Surgery – 3pm Wed 8 Dec 2021

Photo from Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood T.

Officers from Copers Cope Beckenham organizing another Police Surgery.
When : Wednesday 8th December 2021,
Where: Costa coffee Beckenham high street.
Time : 15:00 Hours.
Why we will be there?
Because, we will be available to give out crime prevention information especially in the lead up to Christmas where traditionally we see a rise in burglaries. We also have information and also advice you on how to keep safe when out and about.

Pharmacy Survey – have your say by 13 Dec 2021

Pharmacies are services that typically affect everybody and spaces almost all of us engage with so Bromley Council is working in partnership with Healthy Dialogues in writing a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) that looks at the health needs of people who live in our area.

Part of this PNA will consider finding more out about your experiences and views around your local pharmacy and how you may be currently using them. Responses you provide to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, Public Survey will help inform potential decisions on future pharmacy services or considerations for changes and improvements at your current pharmacy.

Your input is invaluable in helping to shape the future of pharmacy services in your local area so you are invited to give your views on this research by visiting this link to thePharmaceutical Needs Assessment survey. Your answers will in no way affect the service you receive from your pharmacy and you will not be identified in any reporting.

The survey is open until 13 December 2021 and participation takes less than 10 minutes.

Scam Police Call – be aware!

Bromley Trading Standards have received a transcript of a scam call:


“My name is Detective Constable ———. I am based at ————– London Police Station. We have a
young person in custody by the name of —– ——. She has a number of forged credit cards in her
possession. Your name is on one of them. An amount has been withdrawn from an account, possibly
yours. My Police ID is — —-. The Crime Reference is CR———“.


Crucially, the scammer adds “You need to phone the number on your bank card to get
the bank to make sure that nothing has gone”, “Would you like me to do it? I can
transfer you?”.


How you can protect yourself:
• Don’t reveal any personal details.
• Hang Up.
• Call the actual organisation(s) yourself directly to check, if you are
unsure. Don’t rely on information provided by the caller, and use
another phone, or if you can’t wait a good while, as the scammer(s)
may still be on the line.

Report it:
Protect others by reporting incidents.
If you or anyone you know have been affected by fraud or any scam report it to
Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you have given out your bank details, contact your bank as soon as possible.
You can also visit http://www.Bromley.gov.uk/scams

Beckenham Local Travel Survey

Our Association has partnered with Bromley Living Streets to undertake a Local Travel Survey (some residents may have received a leaflet) to better understand local travel habits, preferences and challenges in Beckenham. Our Association often receives correspondence on these issues and we are keen to hear more views.

Please find the survey link below if you would like to take part.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RYLTTMW

Last chance: Albemarle Rd Cycle Way and Westgate Rd Bridge – have your say by tomorrow 12 Nov 2021

Bromley Council is undertaking a survey on the ‘experimental’ Albemarle Rd Cycle Scheme and its decision to close Westgate Road Bridge to two-way traffic.

We encourage all local people to complete the survey. This scheme remains controversial and our Association regularly receives concerns about is impact and effectiveness, along with suggestions for improvement.

The survey is short and asks just 5 questions about the scheme. Please complete it here by 12 November 2021.

Survey link: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/545/traffic_management/1510/traffic_management_on_albemarle_road_and_westgate_road_bridge_-_consultation

Albemarle Rd Cycle Way and Westgate Rd Bridge – have your say by 12 Nov 2021

Bromley Council is undertaking a survey on the ‘experimental’ Albemarle Rd Cycle Scheme and its decision to close Westgate Road Bridge to two-way traffic.

We encourage all local people to complete the survey. This scheme remains controversial and our Association regularly receives concerns about is impact and effectiveness, along with suggestions for improvement.

The survey is short and asks just 5 questions about the scheme. Please complete it here by 12 November 2021.

Survey link: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/545/traffic_management/1510/traffic_management_on_albemarle_road_and_westgate_road_bridge_-_consultation

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.