Developers of a proposed block of flats off Bourne Way have made some changes to the plans.
The proposals for a five storey block on the site of the current Bromley & Blackheath Harriers’ clubhouse have already caused considerable controversy. The main alterations are to reduce the size by four units (from 36 to 32), with the top storey being ‘stepped back’ somewhat from both the south-eastern (Prickley Wood) and eastern blocks. However, the visual impact of the flats largely remains from Prickley Wood, Bourne Way and even Hurstdene Avenue.
Some more detailed information has also been filed, including the operation of the ‘traffic light’ system controlling movement on the narrow access road, which now also includes a 1.2m pedestrian walkway. There is still a mention of a holding area for vehicles entering from Bourne Way which appears to rely on the cooperation of the landowners of Woodgrange Court.
We do support the plans for the Harriers’ at Norman Park and the community benefits that will bring, and recognise the importance of the Bourne Way development in supporting that vision. We have not met anyone opposed to the principle of residential development at the Bourne Way site, but we do agree with residents that any proposals must still be right for the area and minimise the impact on the surrounding community and we are highly sceptical that the current proposals achieve this. We remain concerned about a number of aspects of the development not least the height, access arrangements and general visual impact on the immediate area.
The plans are expected to go to a committee for a decision not earlier than 20th May. While the ‘official’ deadline for comments on the latest changes is 15th April, the council generally accepts submissions submitted a little later; nevertheless we recommend that any comments be made as soon as possible to ensure they are considered.
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A new care home off West Common Road has been approved by the planning inspector after a successful appeal by the operators.
The plans are for a 60 bed facility on the old Hayes Common Bowls Club site behind Burton Pynsent House. The proposals were originally refused by the council who were concerned about the loss of Urban Open Space and highways issues among other factors. However the inspector last week overruled the decision.
The plans also include a new base for CASPA, a local charity working with autistic children, young people and their families.
It is not clear what impact the decision may have on separate plans, by another operator, for a care home on the old ‘Stevensons Heating’ site also in West Common Road. though in their submissions the operators of the appealed scheme cited a significant shortfall in care home beds over the next ten years.
An application to erect a phone mast in Pickhurst Lane has been made to the council.
The 56-day consultation by Telefonica has been submitted for plans to place a single pole mast with a number of external antennae in the forecourt of the petrol station at the bottom of Station Approach, by the entrance/exit on Pickhurst Lane. At 20 metres in height the mast will be roughly twice the height of the surrounding buildings.
As your ward councillors we have been content to see masts erected in the ward in the right places – after all, most of us use mobile ‘phones – but we have also opposed these where we’ve felt the siting of either the mast and/or ground infrastructure is inappropriate.
However, the height and number of antennae both proposed and planned in future is significant in this case and, despite our recent requests of the applicants, we have not yet seen any information about which alternative sites had been considered in this case.
A care home operator has come forward with plans to develop the former Stevenson’s Heating site in West Common Road.
Previous proposals in 2018 for retirement housing on the plot had eventually been granted planning permission last Spring for a 28 apartment sheltered housing scheme (reduced to 25 units a few months later). Unfortunately in the wake of the pandemic the plans could not progress.
The new scheme, which is very similar in design to its 2018 predecessor, now envisages a 50 bed care home. Residents can comment on the plans here.
Proposals to redevelop the site currently occupied by Wickes have now been submitted to the Council as a formal planning application.
The plans, which will see the current Art Deco façade renovated and extended and the rear of the site redeveloped, will comprise flats, two new retail spaces and a unit for community use. After consultations with your local councillors, the scheme now includes the relocating and reopening of the public toilets.
There has been no indication yet when any development would commence, should it gain planning permission.
The developers had circulated their ideas locally late last year and the proposals, available here are now open to formal consultation with the Council accepting views from residents until at least 19th February.
A five storey block of flats proposed for a site behind Bourne Way and Prickley Wood has generated a large number of objections from local residents.
The development would be on the site of the Bromley & Blackheath Harriers’ clubhouse behind Bourne Way, next to the railway line, comprising 36 flats. Although the site itself is around 2.5 metres below street level, the top storey would still extend above the rooflines of neighbouring houses. However, the developer points out that the nearest residences in Bourne Way and Prickley Wood are more than 30 metres (100 ft) away, and those in Saville Row 18 metres (60ft).
Concerns have also been raised about the adequacy of the current access road, which runs between 58 Bourne Way and Woodgrange Court; a traffic light system is proposed for this route.
As your local councillors we have also been approached by many residents mainly objecting to the plans. At the time of writing we are awaiting a committee date, though the meeting is currently expected in late February or March.
Hayes and Coney Hall ward will remain but Hayesford Park, to the north of Mead Way, will move to Bromley Town Ward, while Keston village will join the ward in the south in echoes of the old Hayes and Keston ward that existed before the 1980s. The ward will continue to be represented by three councillors.
The recommendations are expected to be approved by Parliament next spring.
We have been asked by a number of residents recently what is happening to the old Stevenson’s Heating site in West Common Road, for which planning permission had been granted for retirement flats.
Sadly with so many changes in the market the developers reviewed the scheme and have decided not to purchase the site.
We are disappointed with the news, given that the plans had a significant degree of local support, but respect the decision. We will now be watching closely to see who might show a new interest in the site and for what purpose.
Plans are being drawn up for the renovation and redevelopment of the site currently occupied by the Wickes DIY store in Coney Hall.
Some residents will already be aware (and have received letters directly) from the developers about the plans, which are expected to be put into action when Wickes’ current lease expires.
The proposals will see the current Art Deco building preserved and extended with the addition of a northern wing (the right hand side) to mirror the south wing. The current adjoining offices on that south side will be replaced by flats with an additional block of flats replacing the current rear structure. In total 60 flats are to be included, together with new retail and community units on the ground floor of the current main building.
The developers have not yet submitted a planning application but are consulting with local residents until 27th October before finalising their plans to submit to Bromley Council. As your local councillors we have pointed out that residents may wish to contribute their views after the relatively short deadline and we are also seeking clarification on when Wickes’ lease will end.
Many residents will have been disappointed at the news that the planned 20mph limits around Hayes’ schools have been shelved following Transport for London (TfL) withdrawing the necessary funding.
Unfortunately TfL’s parlous financial state before the Coronavirus outbreak proved too much and funding the costs of the lockdown meant that many projects have been cancelled. This also includes the more controversial and tentative plans for a ‘School Street’ along George Lane, which was about to enter the early consultation phase.
On a brighter note, some funding has been made available for measures to encourage socially distanced walking and cycling, but for now the other schemes have been put onto the back burner.
Undeterred, as your local councillors we will continue to support ideas to improve the quality of life and travel for our residents, where such schemes are practical, affordable and have the broad support of the community.
Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park