Bromley council are to 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. There is very limited information on this development at present. The following image however is a visualisation, based on provisional details published earlier in the Bromley Times. This gives an impression of then possible impact upon this public open space. The new four storey buildings on the right of this picture below will have an ‘active frontage’ at ground level.
Development timescales (as at 5 July 2017)
- August 2017 – Conditional exchange of development agreement.
- March 2018 – Submit planning applications and prepare CPO documents.
- Summer 2018 – Secure planning consent.
- Summer – Start CPO process.
- Spring 2019 – CPO Inquiry.
- Spring 2020 – Commence development.
- Winter 2023-2025 – Completion of development.
On 20th June a Public Notice was published in the News Shopper, announcing Bromley council’s intention to sell off, on a 250 year lease, parts of Library Gardens (aka Church House Gardens) to Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd. as part of this development. This notice was even before public consultations on Site G, Phase 1 has even started! We feel that any such proposal, if still relevant, should only be issued after the full public consultation process has taken place, if this process is to be really meaningful, and not just a ‘tick box’ exercise. This notice was subsequently withdrawn, at least temporarily, on 20 July 2017, partly as a result of some 40 objections being received from members of the public. It could however return as part of any planning application.
- Loss of Public Open Space.
- Loss of Open Green Space.
- Loss of Urban Open Space.
- 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 16 storeys?) would dominate the parkland and overshadow it.
- Threat of loss of mature Cedar tree (next to closed toilet block) shown in proposed development area.