At last Tuesday’s Development Control committee, the Council approved the plans for the new sports block and classroom block at Hayes School.
Following our previous representations to the committee, the school made a good number of changes to the plans, including a slight reduction in height, more evergreen planting on the boundary and removal of the wind turbine. The committee agreed with us (and the Hayes Village Association) that enough had been done to make the plans acceptable and supported the school.
However, the master-plan – which sets out the school’s longer term development plans – was deferred again pending more information regarding the traffic and parking situation.
Having been established at Hayes Lane for many decades, Bromley F.C. was recently seeking to expand its facilities with four five-a-side, two seven-a-side and a full size artificial pitch. However, concerns were raised over increased intensity of use, the level of floodlighting, noise, length of opening hours, loss of trees, impact on nearby residents and on the Green Belt.
Following representations and suggestions by your local councillors and nearby residents, a series of amendments and ultimately a new application reduced the plans to just four pitches in total, fewer floodlights, no loss of trees and slightly shorter operating hours. This compromise eventually won the Council’s approval.
Hayes School recently unveiled its plans, in the form of a “Master Plan”, for developing the school site over the next ten years. The plans included all daytime vehicle access being diverted to Baston Road, but also the demolition of the old north block and replacing the sports hall, all with a view to providing improved facilities for the school’s existing pupil numbers., the majority of whom come from the immediate area..
The Master Plan accompanied the first specific planning application for a new block in the south-west corner of the site, on virgin Urban Open Space. Your councillors were keen to stress not only their support for the school, but also highlighting residents concerns in pushing for an amendment to the plans to minimise the impact on the Baston Road traffic situation, the openness of the site and the impact on residents of houses in West Common Road.
At the Development Control committee on 8th September, both the detailed application and Master Plan were deferred to enable the various concerns to be addressed further. The application is likely to be brought back to the committee later in the autumn.
Following an earlier rejection of a takeaway at 47 Croydon Road (the former butchers), an unrelated planning application was submitted for no. 41. While ostensibly for a coffee lounge/café, the opening hours (to 11pm), bar-style layout and alcohol licence application have raised serious concerns among residents.
We have made representations to the Council and currently both the planning application and licence hearing have been deferred.
UPDATE (12/10): The planning application, now amended to be solely for a restaurant-type usage, is coming before the Plans sub-committee this Thursday (15th).