Those who have followed the case for many months on our website will recall that the application by Leander Sports and Leisure to develop and regenerate the site was given outline planning consent at Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee on 12th January 2012. It was then subject to direction by the Mayor of London.
Sport England lodged an objection to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in regard to football facilities, this was in spite of the fact that Leander Sports and Leisure had agreed a substantial contribution to the LBB to repair and upgrade football pitches the Council already owns in other parts of the Borough. Naturally there was concern that further unnecessary delay could lead the Kent County Cricket Club to reassess their position in Beckenham.
However, after major discussions and negotiations last week, Sport England withdrew their objection and the GLA have confirmed that they are satisfied. The Secretary of State should now respond as to whether the application will be “called in” n for decision at that level.
We can confirm that the Secretary of State will not be “calling in” the planning application. The development now has final approval for the outline application.
In due course there will be a further application for approval of details such as height, bulk, external appearance of buildings including the residential element, sight lines between buildings as they will affect outlook for residents in adjacent roads, access arrangements from the highway to the site, specific layout of parking areas, landscaping etc. We will keep you informed.
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