This local park is under serious threat from overwhelming development. We continue to work with Bromley Civic Society, and other concerned parties, to oppose the overwhelming scale of the proposals, and instead encourage a more sympathetic development of this area. The images below give an idea of what we are up against. Please support this campaign.
We are currently (July 2022) expecting a planning application to be submitted to Bromley Council Development Control Committee (DCC). This several years after the developers (Countryside Properties) initially published proposals for their development immediately adjacent to this public park. Despite minor changes the tower blocks would dominate the area of the Bromley Town Conservation Area, and also this park. Currently this area is a sunny and well-loved peaceful area. The proposed development would completely change its nature, turning it into a commercial hub and act as an access to their oversized buildings. These tall buildings will also cast large shadows over this park for most of the day.
While the major part of this would be built on immediately adjacent land it will still seriously impact this park. Bromley council is in process of compulsory purchasing private houses in Ethelbert Close, and adjacent properties and their subsequent demolition, as part of their plan. Since 2017 we have taken part in discussions with the developer, Countryside Properties, in a vain attempt to reduce the overwhelming impact of this development.
This is just the initial phase of a much larger planned development covering much of the town centre, the Masterplan for which was rejected in later 2018. This plan was produced, for the council by Countryside Properties themselves, and so will not be surprised to learn that this Masterplan justified their own development! Without a sensible independently produced Masterplan, fully accessible to the public, every such development will be proposed and approved piecemeal, rather than as part of a democratically agreed whole.
Bromley council are soon to publish a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), for Bromley Town Centre, for public consultation. Looking at a draft copy we are not impressed in this document, as it fully endorses the developers proposals.
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.
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 an important part.
- The proposed buildings 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.
Please revisit this page for further updates on this proposed development and our campaign against it.