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.)
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.
Hayes School recently unveiled its plans, in the form of a “Master Plan”, for developing the school site over the next ten years. The plans included all daytime vehicle access being diverted to Baston Road, but also the demolition of the old north block and replacing the sports hall, all with a view to providing improved facilities for the school’s existing pupil numbers., the majority of whom come from the immediate area..
The Master Plan accompanied the first specific planning application for a new block in the south-west corner of the site, on virgin Urban Open Space. Your councillors were keen to stress not only their support for the school, but also highlighting residents concerns in pushing for an amendment to the plans to minimise the impact on the Baston Road traffic situation, the openness of the site and the impact on residents of houses in West Common Road.
At the Development Control committee on 8th September, both the detailed application and Master Plan were deferred to enable the various concerns to be addressed further. The application is likely to be brought back to the committee later in the autumn.
Following an earlier rejection of a takeaway at 47 Croydon Road (the former butchers), an unrelated planning application was submitted for no. 41. While ostensibly for a coffee lounge/café, the opening hours (to 11pm), bar-style layout and alcohol licence application have raised serious concerns among residents.
We have made representations to the Council and currently both the planning application and licence hearing have been deferred.
UPDATE (12/10): The planning application, now amended to be solely for a restaurant-type usage, is coming before the Plans sub-committee this Thursday (15th).
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