Affinity Sutton, the successors to Broomleigh Housing Association, recently submitted their long awaited planning application to redevelop the site of the former sheltered housing in Chilham Way, overlooking the greens of Bourne Vale.
Although some public consultation was carried out before the application was made, the plans met with considerable opposition, particularly with regard to the density of the development, inadequate green space at the front of the units, traffic issues and impact on the green, among other objections.
The inclusion of housing designed for the elderly was welcomed, however, as were changes to increase the amount of off-street parking on the development.
The application went before a plans committee in late November where your local councillors and a representative of the Hayes Village Association spoke. The application was refused.
It now remains to be seen whether Affinity Sutton will resubmit amended plans, go straight to appeal on the rejected plans, or both.
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.
Late last summer, after a concerted campaign by residents, supported by your councillors, the backland development proposals in Chestnut Avenue were rejected by the council. Recently, however, the applicant lodged an appeal just days before the six month deadline. It is now understood that the Planning Inspectorate will deal with the appeal by the ‘written representations’ method without a public hearing.
Your Ward Councillors attended a meeting recently with Affinity Sutton [formerly Broomleigh] and received some details that will interest and, it is hoped, reassure residents.
A large proportion of the elderly residents had moved out of the flats into various other properties at the time of the meeting in late November. A number of those remaining are also likely to have moved out by the time you read this article. Some residents, however, have decided to stay put, so the Estate will not become empty for a while yet. In the meantime, the Estate will remain staffed, maintenance of the site, including the grounds, will continue, and lighting in the blocks will remain.
As for any redevelopment of the site, this cannot happen until planning permission is granted. No application has been submitted but it is likely that Affinity Sutton will meet Council Planning Officers in the near future for pre-application discussions. Once a formal scheme is prepared, Affinity Sutton will call a public meeting to enable anyone to raise particular concerns. The meeting is likely to be held in the Village Hall, probably some time in the Spring.
Two controversial ‘garden-grabbing’ developments in the ward have been refused by Bromley planners.
The application to build houses on gardens and scouts land behind Pickhurst Lane and Mounthurst Road was refused last week, but the developer has now lodged an appeal.
The proposals at 2-6 Chestnut Avenue in Coney Hall were turned down yesterday. The developer has six months to appeal.
The government recently changed the planning rules (known as PPS3) to remove the classification of back gardens as developed land, making it harder for such areas to be built on. However, such proposals can still succeed in certain circumstances, and some appeals against such refusals elsewhere have been successful.
They were joined by John Stone, Chairman of West Wickham South Residents’ Association and Cllr. Neil Reddin as local councillor. Neil promised that they would keep residents informed of progress. The application is expected to be determined in early July.
(Credit to Christine Riches for organising the gathering.)
A planning application has recently been received by the Council which resurrects the spectre of ‘backland’ or ‘garden grabbing’ development at the rear of 2-6 Chestnut Avenue.
Your local councillors have received many enquiries and objections to the plans from local residents, particularly in the light of the change in the law, announced by the new government a few days ago, which removes the automatic designation of back gardens as ‘brownfield’ sites. It is now harder (though certainly not impossible) for developers to get planning permission for so-called “backland development”,
Cllrs. Graham Arthur and Neil Reddin are opposing the plans. (Cllr. Anne Manning, as a member of two of the plans committees that might hear the application, must remain publicly neutral at this stage.)
The application to vary the licence for The New Inn was heard this morning. The hearing was attended by Cllr. Neil Reddin and also representatives from the Hayes Village Association and Wickham Common Residents’ Association.
Following representations from those present, the committee agreed to allow drinking only with a meal for the final hour (11pm to midnight) on Sunday through to Thursday – the existing licence already allows opening until midnight, though the current owners only usually serve alcohol until 11pm.
It was also agreed to allow drinking in the outside areas (including the back garden) only until 10pm.
The applicant had already agreed to change their proposed closing time of 00:30 back to the existing midnight, and the committee allowed the serving of (non-alcoholic) refreshments until midnight.
The licensee expects the refurbishments to be completed on the ground floor (the new restaurant and bar area) in time for a mid-June opening.
We anticipate that the plans for the upstairs function room will require a seperate licensing application, following a planning application.
Changes are afoot at the The New Inn in Station Approach. The owners hosted a meeting with residents recently where they presented part of their plans for the business, prior to the former “Harvester” closing in March for a major refurbishment. The restaurant is to move onto the ground floor, while a function room is envisaged on the first floor. We understand that an element of “take-away” of food and drink is also proposed.
Now a licensing application has been received. The owners are seeking an extension in hours to 12:30am, as well as permission for music, dance and other activities. Also, an extension to 10am on New Year’s Day as well as permission to hold 20 events a year without notifying the police (currently 12). A regular opening time of 8am for hot beverages is also sought.
Your ward members are currently examining the proposals, some aspects of which will also require planning permission, which ought to be obtained before any licence variations are granted.
In a positive development, the Council has allowed the application for 41 Croydon Road in Coney Hall, but for restaurant and cafe use only, thus excluding any usage as purely as a drinking establishment.
However the licensing hearing had to be deferred (for a second time) after the applicant failed to appear.
Update (9/2/10): The applicant has withdrawn the application and apparently has opened a premises in Dulwich.
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