Hayes Place Flats Update

Last December Cllrs. Anne Manning and Neil Reddin had a meeting, arranged by Bob Neill MP, with the Chief Officers of Affinity Sutton (Broomleigh’s parent company).

Our meeting with Keith Exford, the Chief Executive of Affinity, and Neil McCall, the Group Operations Director, was useful.  Unfortunately, it appears that plans to redevelop the site will go ahead, despite the strong case we had put. However, any proposed planning application remains on hold and the assurance that no resident will be forced to leave has been renewed and welcomed.

In the last few months some residents have already moved out and some more are in the process of seeking alternative accommodation.  Clearly any resident who wishes to take up the offer made by Broomleigh/Affinity is free to do so and it is right that they should feel free to do so without intimidation.

However, a large number of residents appear to want to stay at Hayes Place and we shall continue to seek assurances that any request to “stay put” is managed in a kindly and appropriate way. In the meantime we are seeking information and clarification regarding the timetable for any closure and redevelopment.

We will continue to liaise with Affinity/Broomleigh and keep you all updated.

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The (New) New Inn

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.

The New Inn during its "Harvester" days

New Youth Sports Facilties in Coney Hall

Plans are being drawn up for a multi-use sports court in Coney Hall Recreation Ground, next to the existing skateboard half-pipe.

The facility, which is designed for five-a-side football as well as basketball, cricket and other ball sports, will add to the facilities for young people in the ward and is being taken forward at the suggestion of the Friends of Coney Hall Recreation Ground. A planning application has been made.

41 Croydon Road: The Saga Continues

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.

Action on Floodlighting

Residents in West Common Road were caught by surprise when Hayes School switched it’s new floodlights on for the first time last week, and their houses being lit up (but not by any fireworks).

The floodlighting on the “school side” of the courts are causing the problems and it is hoped that, following Cllr. Anne Manning’s intervention, adjustments being made tomorrow (Tuesday 10th) will solve, or largely eliminate, the problems.

Hayes School Development Passed

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.

Hayes and Keston Get Back to Nature

Parks_hayescomm_448x336A swathe of commons and green space from Hayes to Keston Ponds are set to become designated a Local Nature Reserve.

The classification, which will cover Hayes and Keston Commons, Padmall Wood and Ravensbourne Open Space, will give additional legal protection from development and other unwelcome activities.

The new reserve will be known as “Ravensbourne Local Nature Reserve” and is due to come before the Renewal and Recreation PDS Committee and Portfolio Holder (Cllr. Julian Benington) on 13th October.

(Full committee papers here (MS Word 84Kb)).

Hayes Place Older People’s Flats

HCH_Hayes_PlaceWe have been heavily involved in the reaction to Broomleigh Housing Association’s (BHA) plans to redevelop the sheltered flats in Bourne Vale. BHA is seeking ultimately to demolish the flats and build a mixed residential development.

However, the initial stages of their consultation have caused much worry among existing residents and their relatives. At the time of writing, we have held meetings with residents, BHA and the Council’s housing officers to examine Broomleigh’s justification for their plans and to clarify their timescale. We share the common view view among residents that Broomleigh have not made the case for the closure of the flats.

Today saw Bob Neill M.P. visit the flats and see for himself the good sized accomodation and hear from residents directly. Bob has promised to take the issue up, alongside ourselves, with Broomleigh and their parent organisation, Affinity Sutton.

New Pitches at Bromley Football Club

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.

Flooding at Layhams Road & Addington Road

HCH_Layhams_Rd_JnA long running problem has been the leaking drainage system  in Layhams Road, resulting in a collapsed drain at the roundabout at the junction with Addington Road.

The problem has taken longer to resolve due, in part, to unsuccessful attempts to persuade Thames Water to take responsibility for any repairs, rather than the private owners of the sewer/drain, plus convoluted legal problems.  Formal notices were served on the owners but, in default, the Council has stepped in to actually carry out the works on their behalf.