Category Archives: Hayes Village

Hayes Farmyard Development – The Latest from Rookery

Following the submission of the plans for redeveloping the farmyard at Hayes Street Farm, your local councillors have been in pressing owners Rookery Estates for clarity on the future of the rest of the land.

The open farmland is not part of the development plans, and as ‘virgin’ green belt is heavily protected against future development regardless of whether the farmyard plans are approved or not. Understandably though, many residents are still worried about what may happen once the farm is no longer operating in its current form.

Rookery tell us that they “envisage having horses on the farm for the foreseeable future although these will be live out horses. No new livery buildings are anticipated. The fishing lake has been let for 10 years so [we] expect this to continue into the future”.

On the future of the boot fairs, George Hoeltschi “has been given permission to hold boot fairs for the next 2 seasons only but Rookery would probably need to curtail this after this year if planning permission is approved for the development”.

Questions remain though about how the future of the rest of the farm can be further secured. Local opinion is split on the boot fairs, but will the land still be viable with just the trout fishery and only live-out provision for horses, for example?

As regards the development proposals themselves, the application for the farmyard plans is open for comment until 24th January. As your local councillors we will be formulating our own detailed response to the plans soon and have already asked that the application is put before a committee for a public hearing, should the recommendation from planning officers be for approval.

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Hayes Farmyard Development

Plans for housing on part of Hayes Farm have naturally caused a lot of concern, and the detailed proposals have just been submitted to Bromley Council.

Hayes Farm is already due to close following the retirement of the farmer, the farm having been a part of Hayes life for centuries. The new plans are to build nine homes only on the area currently occupied by the existing buildings, many of which are dilapidated. The farmhouse, a listed building, is unaffected and there are no plans to build on the open farmland.

Proposals for Hayes Farm

Many objections already made centre on the future of the wider site, which is not part of the application and is green belt which the council is committed to protecting. The proposals for the farmyard area won’t affect the status of that surrounding land.

As your local councillors we are taking a keen interest in the plans, and will be looking in detail at the proposals, with an eye to protect the green belt and openness of this part of Hayes.

Outlines of the new and existing buildings

The full plans can be seen here.

 

Stevenson’s and Bowls Club Proposals Unveiled to Public

stack_of_plans-639x852.jpgTwo significant new developments planned for West Common Road are to be unveiled in public exhibitions this month.

The proposals for retirement housing on the old Stevenson’s Heating site, and an unconnected plan for a care home on the old Hayes Common Bowls Club are both expected to be submitted to the Council within the next few months.

Renaissance Retirement’s ideas for the Stevenson’s site can be seen at the Old Church Schools (next to the De Stefano showroom) this Thursday 9th November between 4 and 7pm

Carebase’s proposals for the former bowls club behind Burton Pynsent House (next to Hayes School) will be on display the following week at Hayes Village Hall on Wednesday 15th November between 3 and 8pm.

Plans in the Pipeline for Stevensons’ Heating Site

Residents near the old Stevensons’ Heating premises will shortly be seeing draft plans for a new sheltered housing scheme for older people on the site. The developers, Renaissance Retirement , will be contacting those living within a few hundred yards of the site to discuss their ideas before submitting a planning application, which they expect to do before Christmas.

Graham and Neil saw the plans yesterday with the developer and during discussions took the opportunity to stress the need for adequate off-site parking (though such schemes tend to generate lower traffic levels than ‘normal’ housing). They also noted that the architects involved appear keen to complement the building styles of the surrounding roads and to preserve as many of the trees along the edge of the site as possible.

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We will watch the progress of the plans with interest and as always will welcome the views of residents.

Isard House plans knocked back

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The proposals for the former care home at Isard House, Glebe House Drive, have been sent back by a council plans committee after your local councillors intervened on behalf of concerned residents.

The committee wants to see more space between the proposed units, more parking and for discussions to take place with local residents.

Action on Bromley South HGV Traffic

HGV wheelsResidents in Baston Road, Hayes Street and Hayes Lane should have a little more peace after today, as the HGV traffic to and from the Bromley South development is diverted.

Your local Conservative councillors, following approaches from residents – particularly those in Baston Road and Hayes Street – have been in contact with senior officers at Bromley Council and the contractors building the new development at the Bromley end of Westmoreland Road. HGVs travelling to and from the site had been trying to negotiate their way through Hayes Street and up through Baston Road – a route totally unsuitable for such vehicles and which had even led to an ugly recent altercation with a bus.

From now on, the vehicles should be using the more suitable A21, with some ‘in-bound’ lorries waiting in Oakley Road – away from residential properties in that area – until they are required on-site. While a few wayward drivers cannot be ruled out, the bulk of the problems should now be resolved.

 

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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Hayes Fair Under Threat?

The Hayes Village Association has issued an appeal for support:

The 2011 Hayes Fair was an outstanding success. Thousands of visitors of all ages enjoyed a wonderful day out on 11th June, and the committee has received grateful thanks for organising a traditional British fair. One elderly visitor said he went as an “oldy” but came home young at heart.

It is estimated that, collectively, charities benefited to the tune of approximately £15,000 as a direct result of this year’s Fair.

June 23rd has been provisionally set for the date of the 2012 Hayes Fair, again to be held in the grounds of Baston House School thanks to the generosity of Hillcrest Autism Services Limited. The Hayes Fair committee will be working hard during the coming months to ensure another successful event takes place.

Hayes Fair is a community event, organised by the community for the enjoyment of the community (and also visitors from outside the community). Its success depends on hard but rewarding work from a small group of dedicated volunteers.

Hayes Fair Committee urgently needs active new members who are willing to take on specific responsibilities if it is to continue beyond 2012 and these new members are needed NOW.

Without new help now, it is possible the 2012 Hayes Fair will be the last to take place. The local community will lose a long-standing and popular event, and many charities will be denied essential income.

If you would like to join the Hayes Fair Committee, a meeting will be taking place in Hayes Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 14 September. Alternatively, please contact the Chairman, Alan Williams at alangeorgewilliams@talktalk.net.

Fish & Chips in Hayes Street

At a recent planning committee, the application at 38 Hayes Street for a change of use to a fish and chip shop was approved.

Cllr. Manning, as a member of the committee, and Cllr. Reddin spoke against the application. They cited a proliferation of take-away shops in the Hayes district, the proximity to the Hayes Conservation Area, potential parking problems (particularly in the evenings) and late night disturbance, along with the issues raised by the Hayes Village Association and individual residents. Your councillors also expressed concerns that, regardless, of the accaptibility of a fish and chip shop or good intentions of the applicant, the “A5” classification that was allowed could also allow a different form of take-away to open in future without further permission.

Unfortunately the motion to refuse the plans was defeated by 4 votes to 3.

Hayes Cricket Keeps Off The Grass

On the 8th April, Cllr. Neil Reddin attended the unveiling of the new non-grass pitch at Hayes (Kent) Cricket Club, which had been funded by the “Chance To Shine” initiative of the England Cricket Board.

Hayes member and England cap Lydia Greenway bowled the first ball on the new pitch after Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ruth Bennett had formallly opened the new pitch.

The club have a vibrant youth section and are always on the lookout for new members of all ages.

Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ruth Bennett opens the new pitch at Hayes (Kent) CC
Deputy Mayor Cllr. Ruth Bennett opens the new pitch