Planning Update Oct 2015

83 Copers Cope Road, Light industrial site next to the railway line by New Beckenham Station
Developers have been given consent to demolish the existing buildings and build eight 5-bedroom houses on the site after winning permission at appeal in July.

56 Copers Cope Road

A new application has been recently submitted to demolish the existing late19th-century house and replace it with a four-storey block of nine flats, including basement, after the previous application in March for a five-storey block of ten flats was withdrawn. The Council is currently considering this fresh application.

Further details can be found online under reference 15/03470/FULL . Comments/objections in regard to this application can be sent by email to planning@bromley.gov.uk , the application is due to be decided on 22 October 2015. Please ensure you provide your full name and address including post code to ensure your comments are registered.

Royce House, 56a Copers Cope Road

An outline planning application made earlier this year to demolish the existing houses and replace them with five, three-storey, four-bedroom houses has been refused permission. The reasons given for refusal were that the scheme constituted a cramped over-development of the site; poor provision of outdoor space for what would have been 4-bedroom dwellings; the hard landscaping proposed for the frontage would fail to preserve or enhance the character of the area.

Tudor Manor, Beckenham Place Park

Consent has been granted for the demolition of the existing house and the construction of three new, two-storey houses on the site, after an earlier application was refused permission.

Church Motor Company, Bromley Road

Sadly, Church Motor Company will close before the end of the year, following a successful appeal by Beckenham Methodist Church, which owns the building, against the Council’s decision earlier in the year to refuse an application for change of use from Light Industrial to Storage. Situated in buildings off Bromley Road, next to Beckenham Methodist Church, CMC currently employs four staff and has served the town’s car- owners for eleven years. During that time it has built a reputation in Beckenham for high quality service, borne out by its broad base of local customers. CMC are currently searching for new premises in the Beckenham area.

Ardec Shop, High Street

The Council has refused an application by the owner of the old Ardec shop to convert it to a restaurant. The reasons for refusal were: that the shop is part of the designated Primary Shopping Frontage of the High Street and restaurant use would not complement this function; The proposal would result in an unacceptable loss of amenity to neighbouring residents with regard to noise, smell and disturbance.

61 The Avenue

The council recently refused permission for another planning application for 61 The Avenue to demolish the existing house and replace it with two, new blocks of flats of two and three storeys each, providing 8 two- bedroom apartments.

Rendez Vous Café

Shop front changes have been refused on the grounds that the shape of the shop front and materials used all contribute to the character of the area. Changing these so drastically and without regard for the original designs would have a serious impact on the character of the area and would significantly harm the Conservation Area. This is a good early result for the Beckenham High Street Conservation Area.

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

The glut of prior approval applications shows no sign of abating, with office space in Beckenham being lost at an alarming rate. These are some of the most recent ones:

Kelsey House, 77 High Street (above Kelsey Kitchen & Bar) – Granted prior approval at the end of July to convert offices on the first, second, third and fourth floors to 8 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom flats.

St George’s House, 2 Bromley Road (above Ask Pizza Restaurant) – Granted prior approval at the beginning of August to convert offices on the first and second floors to 2 two-bedroom and 4 one-bedroom flats.

Marqueen House, 215 High Street – Prior approval refused at the end of May to convert offices on the first, second and third floors to 18 one- bedroom flats, citing the lack of parking provision as the reason for refusal.

Ironstone House, 205-213 High Street – Prior approval refused at the end of May to convert offices on the first, second and third floors to 18 one-bedroom flats, citing the lack of parking provision as the reason for refusal.

Provident House, 6-20 Burrell Row – Prior approval refused at the end of May to convert offices on the ground, first and second floors to 2 two-bedroom and 18 one-bedroom flats, citing the lack of parking provision as the reason for refusal.

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (adjacent to Lidl) – Prior approval refused at the end of September to convert offices to 5 two-bedroom and 9 one-bedroom flats, citing the lack of parking provision as the reason for refusal.

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