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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Don’t forget to include the case reference number, and your name and address, or your comments will not be registered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the case officer email@example.com. 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.
Bromley Council are meeting on Thursday 25 March to consider their Crystal Palace Park regeneration scheme for outline planning approval.
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