Entertainment line up at Market On The Green tomorrow 23 Sept 2017

Check out our fabulous line up of free entertainment at Market On The Green tomorrow. Come along to enjoy the performers, grab some lunch and browse the market stalls.

  • 11:30 – Superman (look-a-like) kids dance party
  • 12:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
  • 12.30 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 13.o0 – Settemeno Acousticduo perform classic Jazz.
  • 13:30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 14:00 – Josef Pitura-Riley and his banjo.
  • 14.30 – Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country.
  • 15:00 – Stagecoach Beckenham (ages 6 to 18) perform favourite movies Shrek, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.

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Free kids Yoga at 11am and 1pm at Market On The Green, Beckenham – Sat 23 Sept 2017

Get the kids down to Beckenham Green on Saturday morning for a free Yoga session especially designed for the little ones (mums and dads can join in too) courtesy of local Yoga teacher Silvia Sanchis from Omazing Yogis.

 

Stick around on the Green to enjoy Market on the Green, with 40 stalls of street food, local produce and craft. Plus funfair, face paining and sand art.

If that is not enough to keep you occupied, there is free entertainment on stage from 11.30am to 3.30pm, including very special guest (look-a-like) Superman who will be on stage at 11.30 for a hero’s dance party. Check out the full event details here.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 18th September 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Phase 3 works:

  • In front of Kelsey house and the former toilets works will continue to excavate the highway, install additional drainage and the new introduction of new kerbing will continue. The construction of the PAD parking will also continue.
  • Granite paving will continue to be laid on the north-west and north-east corner of Thorntons Corner.
  • Thames Water has had a problem with one of their water mains The repair works are due to be finished early in the week. The road resurfacing is due to be carried out on Friday 22nd September.
  • A temporary materials compound will be located near the junction of High Street and Fairfield Road.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

 Further stakeholder consultation

Another meeting with the business community has been arranged for the 25th September 2017 at 18.45 at the Public Halls, 4 Bromley Road, BR3 5JE. The businesses likely to be affected by the Phase 3 works will be contacted directly.

Traffic Management Issues.

From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.

Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL have investigated this issue and have adjusted them to regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day.

The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve.

(For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).

The High Street from Thorntons Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thorntons Corner and the War Memorial.

New road closures and bus diversions are in place. Helen McConnell can supply a copy of the new bus stops at the below email address.

 

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  • Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

 

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US singer Lilac Sheer at Market On The Green – 23 Sept 2017

Don’t miss US singer-songwriter Lilac Sheer performing songs from her recent album A Different Country at Market On The Green on Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church on Saturday 23rd September at 1.3opm and 2.30pm.

A Different Country

LILAC SHEER

The album A Different Country was released in August of 2016.

The single Queen of Hollywood ranked #1 most added on US FMQB A/C chart it’s release week and charted at #9.

Stylistically compared to the likes of Alanis Morissette and Jewel, Americana singer-songwriter Lilac Sheer sings of her experiences of the world through the eyes of a girl who grew up in a religious home, served in the army, lived on different continents and wrote music intensively throughout, all of which culminate in A Different Country, an album of unique artistry and depth, that is bound to play on heartstrings you never knew you had.

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New Ward Police Officer and free tamper-proof car license nuts at Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

Two pieces of good news from our Copers Cope police team. First, a big welcome to our new District Ward Officer, Jade Bowyer. Second, she will be joining DWO Stuart Inglis at the Market on the Green on 23 September to meet the community and distribute tamper-proof car licence plate nuts. Stuart and Jade will be around the Green from midday.

Tamper-proof car licence nuts are well worth fitting as they prevent the nuisance of theft of your licence plates and stop wider knock-on crimes like driving off of garage forecourts without paying for fuel. Pick up a set, free while stocks last, after midday from the police team on the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association (CCARA) gazebo.

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Superman (look-a-like) at Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

Is it a Bird?…Is it a Plane?… its…. Superman!!.

Superman (look-a-like) will be flying in to Market On The Green at 11.30 for a hero’s dance party on stage. Come along and meet the most powerful being on the planet!!

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Tescos store likely at Chinese Roundabout

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Save the date – Market On The Green 23 Sept 2017

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Summer 2017 Express Newsletter

Check out our Summer 2017 Express Newsletter.

Express Summer 2017

The Express, is sent out 3 times a year, usually March, July and October.  To receive the newsletter through your letter box and support your local hardworking residents association please join up, only £3 per year.

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Beckenham Improvements work update 4th Sept 2017

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

 Phase 3 works

  • From Tuesday 29th August the High Street from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner will be one way. The direction of traffic will move northeast, from the War Memorial to Thornton’s Corner with diversions on Rectory Road. This one way system will be in place until the end of November 2017 when works will be suspended for the Christmas period. In January 2018 temporary one way traffic flow will be reintroduced.
  • Work to excavate the highway will continue. Additional drainage will be installed and the new kerbing will be installed.
  • Thames Water has had a problem with one of their water mains. As a consequence surfacing work in the section of The High Street between Thornton’s Corner and Beckenham Junction has been temporarily stopped. Thames Water is dealing with the problem and once corrected resurfacing will resume.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

Traffic Management Issues.

  • Concerns have been raised regarding traffic flow at the junction with Thornton’s Corner. TfL are monitoring this issue and may regulate the green light timings to account for traffic flow at certain times of the day. The left turn from one section of the High Street to the other is, presently much sharper for buses, due to the works outside Kelsey Park House on the opposite corner. Buses are currently slowing to avoid safety barriers therefore forcing vehicles from Manor Road and Kelsey Park Road to wait. As the work progresses along this section of the High Street, the situation will improve. For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works).
  • The High Street from Thorntons Corner to Beckenham Junction has remained one directional. Consideration by the Councils Highways Department and TfL has concluded that this is the best solution during the remainder of the works. It is considered that despite diversions signs some cars would continue to drive south from Bromley Road junction and cause traffic management problems when confronted with the one directional traffic management for the High Street between Thorntons Corner and the War Memorial.
  • New road closures and bus diversions are in place.

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TfL confirmed Bus Diversions from 29 Aug 2017, Beckenham

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin No.5, 30 August 2017

This is the latest in our series of updates on planning matters in and around the Copers Cope Area.  It’s been a while since our last bulletin, so this is quite a long one.

If you feel strongly about any of the planning applications below that are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley, you can leave your comments by clicking the links provided, then clicking on the comments tab.  Don’t forget to give your name and address, otherwise your views may not be considered.

 

Two More Major Residential Development Applications:

Maybrey Business Park, Worsley Bridge Road 16/05897/FULL

Planning approval was refused in May for a large residential development on the Maybrey Business Park site, near to Lower Sydenham Station.

The site, next to the old Dylon site, itself undergoing redevelopment, is currently occupied by two light industrial buildings dating from the 1930s, comprising nine business units.  Maybrey Works, which sits next to an area of Metropolitan Open Land occupied by sports pitches and the Pool River, is part of the Lower Sydenham Business Area and has been allocated as a Locally Significant Industrial Site in LBB’s emerging Local Plan.

The proposal, by Bellway Homes, involved the demolition of the existing structures and the construction of five new residential blocks of between five and nine storeys in height providing 159No dwellings and 1243 sq m of commercial space at ground floor level, plus gym for residents, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure works.  The residential portion of the development comprised 75No one-bed, 56No two-bed (4 person), 6No three-bed (4 person) and 22No three-bed (5 person) flats.

The reasons for refusal were: the site is located within a Business Area in the Council’s emerging Unitary Development Plan; the height and scale of the development would be harmful to the landscape and would have an unacceptable visual impact on its surroundings; the scheme was considered a cramped over-development of the site; and the development would have an unacceptable impact on local transport infrastructure.

The developer has recently appealed against the decision.

 

Footsies Social Club, Lower Sydenham 17/00170/FULL1

Also refused recently was an application for another large-scale residential development, on land adjacent.

The site, presently occupied by Footsies Social Club and playing fields, is on a wedge of open land situated between the New Beckenham / Lower Sydenham rail line and the Pool River, and is next to the old Dylon site where 220 flats are currently under construction.

A previous scheme that proposed a number of residential blocks ranging in height from eight to nine storeys in height providing 253No dwellings was dismissed at appeal last year.

This latest application proposed the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site, constructing a four to eight-storey (plus basement) development of 229No dwellings comprising 118No one-bedroom, 103No two-bedroom and 8No three-bedroom flats, together with the construction of an estate road, car and cycle parking and the landscaping of the east part of the site to form open space accessible to the public.

Reasons given for refusal were that: The site is within an area of Metropolitan Open Land and as such, the kind of development proposed was inappropriate; the site was considered inappropriate for tall buildings as they would have an adverse impact on the landscape and this outweighed the proposed benefit of opening up public access to the area of MOL; the applicant failed to show relevant special circumstances applicable to the scheme; the proposal did not provide sufficient affordable housing;

The applicant has subsequently appealed against the decision.  The appeal will be heard over four days from 30th January 2018.

 

Crusader Hall, High Street (behind shops from Cancer Research to Card Factory) 17/00029/FULL1

An application to demolish the existing Crusader Hall Clubhouse, situated behind shops on the High Street and accessed via Legion Alley, and redevelop the site to provide 2No one-bedroom and 7No two-bedroom flats, has been withdrawn.

 

3 Beckenham Road (above Barclays Bank) 16/02218/FULL1

An application in May last year for a three-storey addition, including a large, three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor, has been dismissed at appeal.

A proposal to build two additional floors for residential use on top of the two-storey Barclays Bank building opposite the cinema was approved in December last year.  The scheme comprises 2No. one-bedroom and 6No. two-bedroom flats.

 

Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road 16/05699/FULL1

An application for a scheme to redevelop the church was granted planning approval in April.

The principle element of the scheme is a glazed atrium on the west wall of the church to provide a new entrance, community cafe, social space, creche and cloakrooms.  Upgrades to the church building, such as replacing the heating system, lights, flooring and seating, are also planned.  The scheme requires the demolition of the scout huts to the side of the main church building.  The church estimates the work will cost £800,000.

For more information, visit the church to view the plans on display and pick up a leaflet.

 

84 Albermarle Road 16/05788/FULL1

Planning permission was granted in March to demolish the existing large house on the site and replace it with a three-storey block of flats, comprising 6No one-bedroom and 3No two-bedroom dwellings, plus parking and landscaping.

 

13 Lea Road 16/05794/FULL1

A proposal to construct a new end-of-terrace house next to No13 Lea Road, which is located within the High Street Conservation Area, together with roof alterations to No13 itself, was refused permission in April.

Reasons given for refusal were that the proposal: represented a cramped overdevelopment of the site which would appear out of character with the streetscene and had inadequate spatial provision; would form a contrived design which would not respect or complement the form of the neighbouring property and fail to preserve and enhance the surrounding properties on Lea Road and wider Beckenham Town Centre Conservation Area; would result in a loss of existing on-site car parking provision.

 

NatWest Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road 16/05845/FULL1

Following a failed application last year to provide a hand carwash facility on the site, which sits next to Gambados, another application proposing the same use was similarly refused in May.

Reasons given for refusal were that the proposal would result in an inappropriate development on an area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL); the acoustic report submitted was deficient in a number of areas; the proposal would cause noise and disturbance to the local area.

 

61 The Avenue 17/01955/FULL1

Another planning application is currently being considered by the Council proposing the demolition of the existing house, which is located in the Downs Hill Conservation Area, and development of two blocks comprising 3No two-bedroom flats on the site.

This is the fourth application in as many years and comes, oddly, after a successful application last year to develop the site to provide two new family houses, which in our opinion is more suited to the particular location than flats.

The Council refused the application earlier this month on the grounds that the proposal by reason of the size, height, bulk and massing of the buildings, would result in an overdevelopment of the site and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Downs Hill Conservation Area.

 

10 Copers Cope Road 17/03033

Another retrospective planning application has been made for a basement and ground floor dwelling, that has already been built in the rear garden.  A similar retrospective application was refused last year and LBB had also taken enforcement action.

No 10 is described as a four-storey, end-of-terrace hotel building that has been extensively  refurbished.  In 2015 the owner was granted permission to build a structure in the rear garden to provide additional facilities for the hotel, including a laundry, fitness room, staff room, office, toilets and storage.

The building had since been repurposed to become a three-bedroom dwelling, without permission.  The building had also been found to be larger than the original consent allowed, and included a second lightwell that wasn’t on the consented drawings.

 

56A Foxgrove Road 17/00624/OUT

The Council is currently considering an outline planning application for the demolition of the existing 6No flats and garages and developing a three to four-storey block comprised of 18No flats, with car parking and landscaping.

 

14 Southend Road 17/00664/FULL1

Another application was refused in April for the construction of a three-storey side and rear extension and the conversion of the existing house, which sits in the Southend Conservation Area, to 4No one-bedroom and 1No two-bedroom flats.

The reason given for refusal was that the proposed extension would harm the character of the conservation area due to its prominent siting, height and scale and its relationship to the existing and adjacent buildings.

A similar application was refused last year.

 

45 Beckenham Road 17/02701/FULL1

A planning application has been submitted for the conversion of the semi-detached house to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).

8No bedrooms are proposed over the ground, first and second floors, comprising 7No double and 1No singles, providing accommodation for up to 15 people.  Occupants share one kitchen/dining room and several bathrooms.  Only two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

 

Carlton Court, 23 Beckenham Road 17/02890/FULL1

A large residential development has been proposed at Carlton Court, a two-storey block of six two-bedroom flats, diagonally opposite the Fire Station, on the corner with Hayne Road.

The planning application proposes the demolition of the existing building and garage block and the construction of a four-storey block of 30No flats comprised of 11No one-bedroom, 18No two-bedroom and 1No three-bedroom flats.

The existing block provides accommodation for up to 24 people, whereas this new proposal will accommodate up to 88 people, however only 15No car parking spaces are provided for future residents.

This is a significantly larger scheme than the one granted planning approval last autumn, which was to add one storey to the existing building, providing 4No additional flats.

 

Chinese Garage, Wickham Road 17/03273/RECON

Planning and Listed Building Consent was granted in December last year for the conversion of this landmark building from a car dealership and garage to 2No ground floor retail units and 2No two-bedroom flats on the first floor.

The drawings submitted with the original application 16/02988/FULL suggested that the two retail units would be occupied by Pets at Home and Majestic Wine.   However this more recent application, for extended operating hours in the morning and evening, makes clear that Tesco now intend to take the lease, instead of Pets at Home.

There has already been much concern among local residents about the effect this proposal may have on the traffic congestion around the area of the roundabout where the building is located, increased noise and pollution, increased frequency of delivery vehicles, and the possible negative effect a supermarket would have on the parade of shops and businesses opposite.

At the time of writing there had been over 600 letters of objection to the proposal.

The official deadline for commenting on the application is 31st August, although your views will still be taken into account after this date if you email the case officer russell.penn@bromley.gov.uk and planning@bromley.gov.uk stating the case reference 17/03273/RECON in the subject line (remember to include your name and address at the end of your email, otherwise your views may not be considered).

 

Eden Park High School, Balmoral Avenue 16/03145/OUT

Outline planning permission was granted in June for a new secondary school on the South Suburban Co-Op Society site in Elmers End.

The controversial scheme provides a new school with eight forms of entry catering for up to 1,680 pupils.  The development comprises 2No two to three-storey teaching buildings totalling 13,500 square metres, plus sports hall, playing fields, multi-use games area, floodlighting, parking and access road.

According to their website, the school is due to open this September with 180 Year 7 pupils in temporary accommodation.

 

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

Three years ago, the Government relaxed the planning laws to make it very easy to convert office premises to residential use.  Over this period, the majority of office space on Beckenham High Street, much of which was fully-let and in demand, has been given approval to be converted to flats.  Minimum space standards that are required for new-build or conversions do not apply to dwellings converted from offices, so many of these flats can be very cramped.

The largest of these sites include St Brides’s House (now complete), Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner and Burnhill House on Burnhill Road.  As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space has been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

 

Here are some of the latest applications for conversion from office to residential  use:

Newbeck Court, 125 Park Road 16/05068/FULL2

An application for the change of use of the offices at Newbeck Court, next to the railway and adjacent to New Beckenham Station, to residential use comprising 2no. two-bedroom  and 1No one-bedroom flats with 3no. car park spaces, has been approved.

 

8-12 Bromley Road (above Chom Chom restaurant) 17/01036/RESPA

A change-of-use application has been approved to convert the two floors of offices over Chom Chom restaurant to flats, comprising 10No one-bedroom dwellings comprising 7No one-bedroom/one-person and 3No one-bedroom/two-person flats.  According to the plans submitted, half of the flats appear to be below minimum space standards, with one of them just 32.2 sq m (347 sq ft).  Last week Chom Chom announce they had closed down.  We wait to see what takes its place.

 

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (Kelsey Square) 17/03675/FULL1

At the end of July last year Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining office building in the Beckenham High Street area to be converted into flats.  Burnhill House, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, was the subject of an application to convert the offices to 14No one and two-bedroom flats in 2015.  The council initially refused to grant consent, on the grounds that the proposal had inadequate provision for car parking, and would cause problems with highway safety on such a narrow section of the road.  An appeal by the applicant was dismissed, however a new application for the same scheme, but accompanied by a blank legal agreement promising the flats to be ‘car-free’ dwellings, was submitted and regrettably the Council capitulated and the application for the conversion of the office space to 14No flats was granted.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provided an extremely poor standard of living accommodation, particularly in terms of space, privacy, noise, natural light and amenity.

Incredibly, earlier this year, the building owner made a fresh application for no less than 24No one-bedroom flats.  There were no drawings to show how ten more flats could be shoe-horned into the limited confines of the building, but thankfully the council refused the application.

This month, yet another application has been submitted, this time proposing an additional 9No new flats ‘bolted-on’ to the second floor and roof and substantial alterations of the existing building.  If granted permission, this would again bring the total number of flats the site to 24 (two existing flats on the first floor being retained and one flat originally proposed on the ground floor being sacrificed for bike and refuse storage) enabling up to 54 people to live there.

No car parking is provided (future residents will apparently not be allowed CPZ parking permits) and this will lead to pressure on nearby roads without parking restrictions.

We regard this latest proposal as an over-development of an already awkward building on a constrained site.  We’ve also noted there will be a marked disparity between the flats in the converted office space, which aren’t required to meet minimum national space standards, and the new flats which are.  Additionally, there is no requirement by the developer to provide affordable homes, as they are proposing nine new units (ten or more, and a proportion have to be ‘affordable’).  There is no requirement for any of the flats in the converted office space to be ‘affordable’.

If you would like to have a closer look and comment on this latest scheme, click on the link above.

 

Applications on the High Street:

 

218 High Street (old Ardec shop) 16/04171

Earlier this year, permission was granted at appeal for the change of use of the old Ardec shop to a restaurant on the ground floor with an extension to the rear (15/02489).

A further application for kitchen extract equipment and drainage proposals was granted consent this month.  Hoardings have since been erected, indicating that work has started inside.

 

210 High Street (old Clark’s shop) 16/04189/CUTA3

An application 16/05191/FULL1 submitted last November for the installation of a kitchen extraction hood external ducting to rear of the property was refused in March this year, on the grounds of insufficient information.

After an application 17/00050/LAPRE was made by the owners to vary and extend the current premises licence at Two-Ten, the establishment had its licence suspended on 26th April for three months.

The decision followed a number of apparent breaches of its existing licence since the restaurant opened in December last year.  The owners have been ordered to address several matters including noise, the sale of alcohol, building regulations, fire regulations, compliance with smoking laws and installation of a cctv system.

At the time of writing, there is currently also an enforcement enquiry underway regarding an alleged unauthorised change to a shop front together with the installation of a unauthorised canopy to the rear of the building.

 

206 High Street (old Chas Norman camera shop) 16/05707/FULL3

A retrospective application has been approved for the use of the first floor as a one-bedroom flat, and for shop front alterations including a roller shutter,new entrance to the flat above and shop window alterations.  The ground floor was  open for several months as an art gallery/shop, without any apparent name, before abruptly closing earlier this month.  We wait to see what takes its place

 

186A High Street (above Oliver Stephens Opticians) 17/00026/FULL1

An application to convert the existing three-bedroom duplex flat above the shop into 1No one-bedroom and 1No two-bedroom flats has been refused as the two dwellings would be lacking in adequate amenities and standard of accommodation for future occupants.

 

162 High Street 17/01568/ADV (old Horts Boutique shop)

The Council has taken enforcement action against Tech Check, the new occupier of the shop unit for changing a shop frontage and installing solid security shutters in a conservation area without planning permission.

The owners submitted a planning application in June, but made the alterations two weeks later, opening the shop at the end of the month.

 

 

12A High Street 17/00911/FULL1 (Coady’s Estate Agent)

Permission was granted in May for the change of use of the estate agents office on the railway bridge to a cafe.  At the time of writing, the cafe had not opened, but the its name, ‘Poached’ is shown on the window.

 

Beeches Court, 115-127 High Street (above Flower Studio) 17/01348/FULL

An application to reconfigure the 4No two-bedroom flats on the first and second floors to 8No one-bedroom flats was granted planning approval in May.

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Bridge Bar gets licensing hours extension approved

The Bridge Bar nightclub (formerly Langtry’s) at Beckenham Junction has been granted an extension to its licensing hours and can now operate until 3am.

The application received many objections from local residents, Copers Cope Police, Councillors and, of course, our Association, all concerned about the noise and potential increase in antisocial behaviour due to increased drinking hours, and the lack of infrastructure to deal with all-night clubbing in Beckenham.

The Council decided to grant the application amended as follows:

  1. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  2. Recorded music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  3. Late night refreshments on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  4. Regulated Entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 09:00pm to 03:00am
  5. Supply of alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:00am
  6. Hours open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00pm to 03:30am

Subject to the following additional conditions:

  1. On any night that that the premises trades beyond 2am it shall have no fewer than 8 SIA registered door supervisors working at the venue, who shall remain on duty until 30 minutes after the venue closes.
  2. There shall be no off-sales from the venue, and no drinks may be taken outside by customers.
  3. The venue shall not offer cut price alcohol promotions.
  4. The upper and lower floors of the premises shall be closed sequentially, at least 30 minutes apart from each other.
  5. No customers under the age of 21 shall be admitted to the premises.
  6. Save for emergency egress, all exits after 2.30am shall be through the station carpark entrance.
  7. Following closure of the premises, all security staff shall be deployed to marshall the vicinity in hi-vis jackets to promote a quiet and rapid dispersal of customers.
  8. Following closure of the premises, it will remove any empty vessels from the station carpark.
  9. The premises shall maintain a dedicated telephone line which residents can call at any time up to half an hour after closing time of the premises.
  10. The premises licence holder shall hold a meeting with the local community at least quarterly. Details of the meeting shall be provided to local residents’ associations and shall be clearly displayed at both entrances to the premises.

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Bus diversions from Tuesday 29th August 2017 during next phases of The Beckenham Town Centre Improvements

Bus diversion during Phases 3 & 4 of The Beckenham Town Centre Improvements

(Provided by F M Conway, contractor for the works)

Phases 3 and 4 of the Beckenham Town Centre Improvements are due to commence on Tuesday 29thAugust. Road diversions to assist in this phase will be in operation from 09:30am on that day. This will include bus diversions.

Westbound route 227, 367 and N3 buses will no longer be using Manor Road. They will now be using Bromley Road and stopping at stop F as normal. They will then turn right into the High Street (although they won’t serve stop C by Marks & Spencer) and divert via Rectory Road, serving stops G and W.

Route 367 will then turn left at the War Memorial and resume its normal route at Village Way stop M. It won’t serve stop P in the High Street.

Southbound routes 54 & 354 will remain diverted via Rectory Road, stopping at stops G and W. Southbound route 162 will remain diverted via Albemarle Road and St George’s Road, serving stop Z.

Bus stops D and H will remain closed.

During this phase of the work bus stop K (outside Lidl) will be closed and stop R at the bottom of the High Street will only be served by route 352. Passengers will be directed to stops BP, F, G M or S.

More details on the bus diversions are available online at tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges.

(Revised map will be available shortly)

 

 

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Beckenham Improvements work update 21 Aug 2017 – High Street Closure 8:00pm-5:00am

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for week commencing the 21st August 2017.

Surfacing work between Manor Road and Albermarle Road will be done between 8pm-5am starting Monday 21st until Saturday 26th at 5:00am. The full length of this section of the High Street will be closed between these dates at 8:00pm-5:00am, with diversions in place.

Letters to residents and businesses directly impacted by this section of work have already been notified. All residents in Rokewood Apartments, St Brides House or The Mews, who have not received a letter detailing the night surfacing work should contact Conway’s Liaison Office, Helen McConnell on tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk

  • Work will continue in front of Gallery 17 until early next week.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.
  • The footpath adjacent to Beckenham Green is anticipated to reopen early next week.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works.

Previous completed works

  • Temporary asphalt surface has been laid on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street.
  • Work on Church Ave junction has been completed regarding slight adjustments to the existing improvements.

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Beckenham Lines Up Day of Networking, Advice, Clinics and Workshops to Boost Your Business – Wed 6 Sept 2017

A day of business workshops, networking and talks to boost your business will be held in Beckenham on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

The second Beckenham Business Day, organised by Beckenham Business Association and supported by the London Borough of Bromley, will be held at Time Night Club on Southend Road, Beckenham from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

As well as the networking and advice sessions, there will be one-to-one PR, social media and SEO clinics, speed networking and practical talks on hot business topics such as ‘Turning Your Prospects into Leads’, ‘Online Marketing’ and ‘Sources of Alternative Funding’.

Beckenham’s very own “2016 Great British Bake Off” star Jane Beedle will talk about ‘Following Your Dream’ and how a chat over a cup of tea turned into a successful garden design business that led to a place on TV.

All monies raised from the Beckenham Business Day raffle will go to MindCare Dementia Support, part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind. The charity helps provides dementia support across Beckenham, Bromley and Lewisham to help adults with dementia stay in their homes and local communities.

The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, will officially open the event, and Kat Webb, who runs the weekly guided tour In Ziggy’s Footsteps – The Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham, will MC and present the prize for the best dressed stand.

Beckenham Business Day is FREE for Beckenham Business Association Members and just £25 if not, and that includes one year’s membership of BBA. You don’t have to be a Beckenham business to attend – visitors are welcome at a cost of £10, which doesn’t include BBA membership.

For further details and booking visit the Beckenham Business Day page.

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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 14 August 2107

 

 

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for week commencing the 14th August 2017.

  • Drainage work and kerbing will continue between St Brides House and Gallery 17. Works in front of shop entrances will be completed out of hours for those retailers affected.
  • Asphalt will be laid as a temporary surface on the corner of Albemarle Road and the High Street. It is anticipated this footpath will open towards the end of week commencing 14th August.
  • At Church Ave junction slight adjustments will be made to the existing improvements.
  • Roadside compounds along the High Street outside NatWest and St George’s Church will be cleared in preparation for resurfacing work to take place week commencing 21st August. Further details about the resurfacing will be included in next week’s update, but all residents and retailers along this section of the High Street will be informed next week.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works.

Previous completed works

  • Paving and kerbing completed beyond the entrance to St Brides House.
  • Block paving adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green has been completed.
  • Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Ave/High Street Junction.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.
  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present,
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.
  • Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

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Proposed changes to NHS prescriptions in Bromley – Have your say by 8 Oct 2017

Proposed changes to NHS prescriptions in Bromley 

NHS Bromley CCG is seeking the views of the public on proposed changes to what is available on prescription in Bromley.    The CCG is proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of health supplements and self-care medications for short term minor illnesses and injuries that will get better over time.

Dr Andrew Parson, Clinical Chair of the CCG said, “We want to support people to lead longer, healthier lives in Bromley.  We want them to take care of their minor ailments and injuries at home and seek help when it is needed.   

“After careful consideration and discussion with local health professionals and our GP members, we are proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of health supplements and self-care medications for acute illnesses that will get better over time.

The Bromley population is growing and we have to carefully consider how we use our finite resources to get the best health and wellbeing outcomes for our residents.   By asking people to purchase their own self-care medicines such as paracetomol, antihistamines, cough medicines etc, we could potentially save up to a £1million which can be better spent on other health treatments.  This proposal could also help to ease the pressure on GPs by reducing the amount of time spent seeing patients with minor ailments that could be treated at home and have more time to support those with complex health conditions.

“We encourage people to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home and seek advice from their pharmacist for minor ailments and injuries.   Pharmacists are experienced clinicians who can provide a range of advice.  They will also advise when someone does need to see their GP”.

The medicines covered in this proposal can be purchased from a pharmacy or a supermarket.   This is not just a Bromley proposal.  NHS England recently announced that efforts need to be made to get better value for money in the NHS and eliminate waste.  CCGs in other parts of the country have either already implemented similar arrangements or are in the process of doing so.

To have your say on these proposals please read the proposal leaflet on the CCG website at www.bromleyccg.nhs.uk  and use the online survey.   You can also email brooccg.contactus@nhs.net or call 01689 866544

Views are being sought up to 8 October and a decision will be made at the Bromley CCG Governing Body meeting on 16 November 2017 which is held in public. 

 

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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 31st July 2107

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Work for weeks commencing the 30th July 2017.

  • Kerb laying, drainage work and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.
  • The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.
  • Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Road/High Street Junction to be completed by the end of the week.
  • Pavement laying will continue adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green and will be completed by the 11th August.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works and therefore trenches such as at the Albemarle and High Street junction cannot be filled.

Previous completed works

  • Paving and kerbing completed to Marks and Spencer.

The completed scheme

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

  • The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.
  • The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.
  • After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been    designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.
  • No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.
  • The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 24th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 24th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

·         Kerb laying and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.

·         The construction of the new planters on Beckenham Green will continue.

·         Transport for London traffic signals work at the Bromley Road/Church Road/High Street Junction are continuing. The old traffic islands at this junction will be removed.

·         Pavement laying will commence adjoining the planters on Beckenham Green.

In order to ensure the completion of Phase 2 on programme Conway’s will be working extended hours to 8pm and at the weekend.

For reference some works such as traffic signals and power connections are conducted by outside agencies such as Transport for London and UKPN. The project does not have control of these works and therefore trenches such as at the Albemarle and High Street junction cannot be filled.

Previous completed works 

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage, paving have been completed.

The completed scheme 

Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

 The asphalt at Thornton’s Corner is a temporary measure until the granite paving is laid.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thorntons Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

Further information can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements

A Big Thank You 

Increasingly the project team and FM Conway have been receiving compliments about the improvements and the site contractors. Thank you for these. It is also much appreciated that businesses are working with and acknowledging that the site contractors of FM Conway are endeavouring to minimise disruption as much as possible.

We are aware that the works do cause noise and disruption. FM Conway will try and minimise the space for materials storage outside Beckenham Green as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your patience if you are affected.

About the scheme 

The scheme is designed to make the town more attractive to visitors and shoppers by day and night. A major objective is to support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to invest in the town centre. The High Street investment improvements will create a more attractive and safer pedestrian environment. Improvements will include new paving and road surfacing, improved and attractive lighting, improved road

crossings and bus waiting facilities, better facilities for cyclists and improved amenity spaces including Beckenham Green.

Extensive planning and consultation has been carried out since the scheme was proposed in 2012. The cooperation and input of the ‘Town Centre Team’ and its members including the Beckenham Business Association, The Beckenham Society and the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

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