Backland Developments Refused (For Now)

Two controversial ‘garden-grabbing’ developments in the ward have been refused by Bromley planners.

The application to build houses on gardens and scouts land behind Pickhurst Lane and Mounthurst Road was refused last week, but the developer has now lodged an appeal.

The proposals at 2-6 Chestnut Avenue in Coney Hall were turned down yesterday. The developer has six months to appeal.

The government recently changed the planning rules (known as PPS3) to remove the classification of back gardens as developed land, making it harder for such areas to be built on.  However, such proposals can still succeed in certain circumstances, and some appeals against such refusals elsewhere have been successful.