Rumours have been circulating about the future of the Stevenson Heating premises in West Common Road.
There have been significant changes to the business including a management buy-out, though happily Stevenson Heating will continue to trade, as they have for nearly 90 years. However, we understand that an interest has been shown in the current site for use as a residential care home or ‘assisted living’ scheme.
Clearly such a proposal will need to go through the planning process, but your Conservative councillors will be keeping a close watch for further news.
The mobile ‘phone mast proposed for the green at the junction of Birch Tree Avenue and Queensway was turned down by a council planning committee last night.
The committee heard representations from both residents’ associations and Cllr. Graham Arthur, who cited the quality of consultation, lack of explanation as to why alternative sites had been ruled out, and the potential harm to the openness of the green caused by the equipment cabinet. The committee then agreed unanimously to reject the bid by Vodafone and Telefonica (O2).
Pre-empting accusations of ‘Nimbyism’, Cllr. Arthur had pointed out that an application for another, more appropriate, site in the ward had recently been approved without opposition from local councillors.
The refusal comes after last year’s plans to erect a taller mast on another green, at the junction of Kingsway and Gates Green Road, were turned down on similar grounds.
Bromley Football Club, following their successful promotion to the Vanarama Conference Premier League, have unveiled plans for a new South stand, together with additional facilites.
We understand an upgrade of the stand is necessary under league rules, but the plans also include “a multi purpose facility with badminton, volleyball and indoor cricket facilities, a café and viewing boxes”. The proposals will undoubtedly garner a lot of interest, particularly among the club’s neighbours.
Revised proposals have been submitted for the former trade union headquarters at Hayes Court in West Common Road.
London Square hope to restore the old mansion at Hayes Court and build new houses on the site. They have now removed one of the four contentious houses on the west of the site (and rearranged the layout), close to the boundary with Hayes Common, as well as making changes to the hard and soft landscaping features. The increase in ‘built footprint’ has now reduced from 48% to 28%, and the developers have sought to address the concerns expresses by the planning committee last time, when the original plans were refused because of the effects on the openness of the site and on the common itself.
The proposed restoration of the listed house are of a high quality and the later additions to the site probably won’t be missed, but any form of new build here will be a sensitive issue.
The full plans can be found here and the public consultation period ends on 23rd July. Please also let us know what you think, as we will be making representations to the committee on your behalf.
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.
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.
Two controversial planning applications for a new house between numbers 51 and 53 Kechill Gardens were refused by the Council earlier this year. The applicant appealed against the refusal, but the planning inspector has now upheld the Council’s decision stating, among other points, that the development would “appear cramped and awkward on its plot” and “would harm the character and appearance of the area”.
The long-running saga of the building of the two extensions to Fair Acres on Hayesford Park Estate continues.
The initial works – started to keep the planning permission ‘alive’ – began in late 2009, but despite pressure from your councillors, residents and the Council to get on with the development, all promises to continue the works were broken.
We have now managed to get the displaced parking bays returned, and, following the serving of an Untidy Site Notice in April this year, some levelling of one part of the site has been carried out. Now we say “come on Parkgate Aspen, remove the continuing eyesore and get cracking!”
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.
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.)
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