Thames Water to Start Digging – Just Weeks After Road Resurfacing!

Thames Water have notified Bromley Council that they will be carrying out roadworks on Layhams Road and Hartfield Crescent – just a matter of weeks after the latter road was resurfaced by the Council.

It seems that, although the Council circulated all the utility companies well in advance with their schedule of resurfacing works, Thames Water somehow overlooked the information. Normally, once a road is resurfaced, restrictions are placed on what roadworks can then be carried out up to three years afterwards.

The works that are proposed will reduce the risk of leakage, which should mean fewer roadworks in future, and so the Council won’t stop the job from being done, but instead have agreed with TW that they will reinstate a greater than normal area to preserve the quality of the road surface after their work is complete.

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Another Development Planned: Hayes Court

Developers are about to unveil proposals for new homes at the old trade union headquarters at Hayes Court in West Common Road, which were sold this summer to developer London Square in a £20m deal.

The plans include conversion of the main house into eight apartments and the construction of 16 four- and five-bedroomed townhouses in the grounds.

No planning application has been submitted yet, but a public consultation event is being held by the developers on Thursday 24th October at Hayes Court, between 3 and 8pm.

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Layhams Road Cemetery Plans Set for Decision

After nearly a year, the plans for a cemetery in Layhams Road, immediately south of the Metropolitan Police Dog Establishment, are due to go before a plans sub-committee on 17th October, it was revealed this morning.

The proposals are for reception and maintenance buildings, up to 55 car parking spaces and provision for over 7,500 graves.

In the committee report (pdf 362Kb) Planning officers are recommending that the proposals be refused on grounds of conflict with the operations of the adjoining police property, concerns from English Heritage over the archeological status of the site and a lack of “adequate, appropriate and reasonably enforceable measures to control the development and operation of the site”. The latter is related to the unusual situation whereby the site has been divided up into over 480 smaller plots, mainly owned by individuals in the Far East.

Numerous objections have also been received from local residents, including concerns over traffic and the effect on the Green Belt, with some citing parallels with a fairly recent appeal decision which refused a cemetery in Downe Road, not far away.

Hayes Place – New Development Approved

At tonight’s Plans Sub-committee the Council approved Affinity Sutton’s plans for redeveloping the site of the former sheltered housing on Chilham Way.

The revised plans already included a reduction in the number of houses and the bulk of the buildings, as well as more green space at the front of the houses – not least as a result of your local councillors’ lobbying.

How the new development might look viewed from Bourne Vale (Affinity Sutton).
How the new development might look viewed from Bourne Vale (Affinity Sutton).

Tonight further measures and conditions were imposed including physical protection of the green between the site and Bourne Vale, and removal of ‘permitted development’ rights for the new homes, making it harder for the housing density to be increased further on the finished site.

 

Glebe Way Roundabout Success

Work in progress!
Work in progress!

Following action by your local councillors in conjunction with local residents and James Cleverly AM, Transport for London have confirmed that repairs are due in the next eight weeks to the large roundabout at the bottom of Glebe Way (update 4/10/13 – repairs now in progress).

Also, a major re-vamp of the roundabout to enhance its appearance longer-term, with box hedges and a tree, is to be carried out which should also reduce its maintenance costs.