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.
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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.
The Council is set to introduce 20mph speed limits and other road safety measures around three Hayes schools. Baston Road and West Common Road will be subject to the new limits, which are focused on the roads closest to Hayes Secondary and Baston House Schools.
The Environment and Community Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee has recommended that the scheme go forward and the cabinet member responsible is expected to give it the green light in the next few days.
A related but separate proposal for a ‘School Street’ has been drawn up for George Lane, between Hayes Wood Avenue and Hayes Primary School. The scheme will go out for consultation before any final decision is made on whether to proceed with the tentative plans, which will see that part of George Lane closed to non-residents vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times.
The 20mph limit, which legally can only be advisory, will nevertheless feature permanent signs as well as being accompanied by an additional crossing point on Baston Road and improvements to existing crossing including larger traffic islands. The signs will be reinforced by flashing lights at school drop-off and pick-up times indicating when the limits are in force, though experience elsewhere has shown that the limits are effective in slowing down traffic throughout the day.
Your ward councillors are keen that the scheme should be just the next step in a series of measures around the ward aimed at improving road safety and tackling acute parking and other traffic issues.
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