Bromley council are in the process of compulsory purchase private houses in Ethelbert Close, and adjacent properties, as part of their plan for two very large multi-storied apartment blocks to built on this site. Since 2017 we have taken part in discussions with the developer, Countryside Properties, in a vain attempt to reduce the overwhelming impact to the adjacent public parks.
As has been clear to us for some time our town centre parks are increasingly under threat from private developers. This at time when public parks are increasingly recognised nationally as critical for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Despite having these extensive discussions with the developers the scheme remains substantially the unchanged. We therefore remain opposed to this development for the following main reasons.
- It enables development likely to be harmful to the appearance of the Conservation Area of which this park is part.
- The two proposed buildings (up to 15 storeys) would dominate the parkland and overshadow it.
- Part of this public space, as donated to Bromley council by Emily Dowling as for public use, will now be taken for commercial benefit.
- The ‘active frontage’ proposed in parts of the Library Gardens will commercialise this public green spaces and therefore detract from its current restful nature.
How to comment or object
The Council has given a deadline for objection or comments on planning application as 4th July. You should endeavour to meet the deadline if you can, but please don’t be put off if you can’t. A decision is not expected until later in the summer so please make your voice heard loud and clear. It is the number of objections that Councillors take note of as much as what is said.
Preferably write to the Chief Planner, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH quoting the planning number 18/02181/FULL1. As they seem to take most notice the bigger the stack of letters.
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or via the Council Website under ‘Search Planning Applications’ as above.
ALL REPRESENTATIONS MUST INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS OTHERWISE THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Please also copy in to Bromley Town Ward Councillors via the Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH or email to them at-
Cllr Nicky Dykes – email@example.com
Cllr Will Harmer- firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Michael Rutherford – email@example.com.
We would also appreciate being copied at firstname.lastname@example.org
Development timescales (as at June 2018)
- August 2017 – Conditional exchange of development agreement.
- May 2018 – Submit planning applications and prepare CPO documents.
- Late Summer 2018? – Secure planning consent.
- Summer – Start CPO process.
- Spring 2019 – CPO Inquiry.
- Spring 2020 – Commence development.
- Winter 2023-2025 – Completion of development.