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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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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 17th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 17th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

Work for weeks commencing the 17th July 2017. 

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage and traffic signals work will continue.

·         Kerb laying and paving continuing north from Church Avenue.

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

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, in the week commencing the 24th July 2017 the paving adjacent the planters is anticipated to commence.

Previous completed works 

·         Footway excavation and sett laying between Belmont Dry Cleaners and The Dance Studio.

·         Construction of the parking bays between The Dance Studio and Lloyds Bank.

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 Thornton’s 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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Beckenham High Street Improvements Update 10th July 2107

Improvement Works Update, Monday 10th July, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

·         Footway excavation and sett laying will commence between Belmont Dry Cleaners and The Dance Studio.

·         Construction shuttering for the parking bays between The Dance Studio and Church Ave junction.

·         At the corner of Church Avenue and High Street; kerb, drainage and traffic signals work will commence.

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

Previous completed works 

·         The kerbing and granite sett paving in the parking bays at Thornton’s Corner.

·         The paving outside Jumping Beans has been laid completing the area 47-65 High street. The old bus shelter in this location has been removed in preparation for a replacement shelter.

·         Kerb laying and new paving has commenced from The Big Breakfast towards Church Avenue.

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 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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Beckenham Improvement Work Update 3rd April 2017

Improvement Works Update, Monday 3rd April, courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works:

 

Beckenham Improvements work update

Work for the week ahead 

Work on the raised footway between the Nat West and the steps will be completed.

Customers requiring the ATM will have to access this via the steps on the lower section of the High Street.

Works underway outside Kinleigh Estate Agents will be completed by early next week together with the work on the opposite corner adjacent to Beckenham Green. All barriers will be removed at both of these points by early next week.

Work will continue along the section of the High Street between Albemarle Rd and Bromley Rd but will temporarily stop just short of the Church Entrance in preparation for Easter celebrations.

Work to replace the pedestrian refuges at the junction of Rectory Road and High Street will commence as part of the upgrade work, in preparation for resurfacing the road at the end of April.

Work on the lower section of the High Street below the steps next to Coppers will start week beginning 10/4 but residents and retailers affected will be notified in advance to discuss access requirements to the shops and private car park entrances and potential alternative arrangements.

Second week update report

Beckenham Junction works have proceeded in line with expectations. Paving and kerbing work is now almost complete.

The High Street arm of the junction has now been adjusted bringing the approach to the traffic lights back to two lanes, with the traffic light re-sequenced. Traffic queuing has generally been reduced and traffic continues to be able to turn right into Southend Road from Albemarle Road. Work on the Thai Restaurant Corner and around into Rectory Rd has been completed and all barriers have been removed. Work on the raised footway between Coppers Restaurant and the Spa have been completed and the steps reopened.

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 Beckenham Business Association and the Copers Cope Resident Association is gratefully acknowledged, with their input key in shaping the nature of the scheme.

Sign up for regular newsletter updates

Businesses and interested residents who want to follow the progress of the work over the next 18 months can sign up for the regular updates that will be sent. Visit www.bromley.gov.uk/beckenhamimprovements to do this where the latest detailed traffic diversions are listed including information about bus routes and a link to TfL’s website www.tfl.gov.uk/BusChanges.

Thank you for your understanding and support

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption and your understanding and support is appreciated in advance if there are unforeseen issues which need to be resolved. If further specific information is needed, please contact Conway’s Helen McConnell who can be contacted, for help and advice. Helen, the Liaison Officer is the scheme contact for businesses and residents. Helen can be contacted on Mobile Tel 07917 518 529 or email Beckenham@fmconway.co.uk if needed.

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Benedict House, Copers Cope Road: Proposal for a Residential Support Centre, February 2017

Two applications are currently being considered by London Borough of Bromley’s planning officers proposing the change of use of Benedict house, a former nursing home, to a Residential Support Centre.

LBB’s Director of Housing has provided a briefing document, below, to answer some of the concerns that have been raised so far:

What is the Proposal?

Benedict House has recently been purchased by developers who are seeking to redevelop the site for high quality apartments. Time is required to prepare for redevelopment meaning that Benedict House is likely to be vacant for up to 2 years.  In the interim the developers have offered the opportunity for the LondonBorough of Bromley to utilise the building for up to 2 years for use as temporary accommodation to help meet its statutory rehousing duties.

Why is the accommodation needed by Bromley for use as temporary accommodation?

The number of households presenting at risk of homelessness has increased steadily in recent years. For the majority, the reason for homelessness is that they are experiencing difficulties in affording the increasing costs of renting or buying a home.  A reduction in new build accommodation, increase in private sector rents and changes within social housing has meant that move on housing options havedecreased and the numbers in temporary accommodation has risen to unprecedented levels. This has meant that to meet the level of housing need the Council has had to utilise costly forms of insecure nightly paid accommodation which frequently falls short of requirements in terms of location and quality.  The use of Benedict House for up to 2 years would provide much needed local temporary accommodation whilst longer term housing solutions are identified.

Who decides which people would be placed into Benedict House?

The Council would retain full control over nominations throughout the periodof use. This means that the Council would decide who is placed into the accommodation and for how long.

Would people be placed from outside of the borough?

No, as the Council controls who is nominated only those households with a local connection with Bromley would be eligible. These would be residents who live and/or have permanent employment within the borough.  Prioirty would be given to those households who currently live, work or have children in schooling near to, or on direct transport links to Copers Cope Road.

What type of People will be placed?

Local people, mainly families or couples, who have become homeless throughno fault of their own and to whom the Council owes a statutory duty to assist in rehousing. A full assessment would be undertaken before any household isnominated and only those households who have been assessed as able to fully maintain a tenancy independently where the need is solely for housing rather than support would be eligible to be placed into Benedict House. The scheme would not be open to those people who are deemed vulnerable requiring intensive support to be able to manage a tenancy because of their vulnerability, such as those with enduring mental health needs. The council has alternative specialist support schemes which provide more intensive support for these people.

Who will manage the schemes?

The scheme would be managed by Omega Mears. They already work with the Council sourcing and managing a number of temporary accommodationunits and have a long track record of successful temporary accommodationand tenancy management. It is proposed that 24 hour on site management is provided. Mears would also provide ongoing advice and support to residentsin partnership with the Council to assist households to secure settled accommodation and ensure that they do not become homeless again. For example helping to access employment for those who may not currently be in full time employment.

Would I be able to contact anyone if I had concerns or queries about the Scheme?

Yes, full contact details of the Mears staff and Council’s housing needs team would be made available to all local residents so that they would be able to make contact should they have any queries or concerns at any point.

What type of tenancies would residents have? Can you guarantee that they would have to leave at the end of the 2 years?

All residents would be signed up to a licence agreement. This is a non-secureagreement meaning that they would not hold any interest in the property or have any rights to remain in the long term. The agreement sets out residents’ responsibilities and the conditions they must meet to be eligible to stay in the accommodation. This includes their conduct and the conduct of any visitors to the scheme. As the agreement is not a ‘protected agreement’ it can be brought to an immediate end should any resident or their visitor breach these rules or the Council require vacant possession. In this way conditions can be actively enforced to ensure that the scheme operate successfully without disturbance or disruption for any other residents in the scheme or local community and can ensure vacant possession at the end of the period of use as temporary accommodation.

To view the applications, and submit your own comments, click on the links below:

16/05442/PLUD

16/05849/FULL1

Remember to include your name and address in any correspondence otherwise your comments will not be registered.

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Residential Support Centre / Hostel proposed on Copers Cope Road, January 2017

Applications have been submitted for proposed change of use of a former nursing home on Copers Cope Road to a Residential Support Centre.

Benedict House, on the corner of Park Road, was in use as a nursing home until last year, when it closed following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found it to be inadequate (click this link to read article in the Bromley Times last summer).
Omega Mears, a care service provider, proposes to lease the building from the current owner, Spring Capital Management, with the intention of using it as a ‘residential support centre’ to provide ‘accommodation, care and support services’ for ‘homeless families, vulnerable young adults and emergency housing requirements arising from healthcare needs and other issues’.
Two separate applications have been submitted: the first for a certificate of lawful proposed use (as a residential support centre) ; the second for a temporary change of use from a care home to a residential support centre.  We believe  the purpose of the second application is in case the first one is refused.  Both applications are supported by letters from Bromley Council’s Education, Care & Health Services department.
The letters from LBB EC&HS point to the fact, amongst others, that numbers housed in temporary accommodation has more than doubled in the last five years, hence the increasing requirement for facilities such as this, particularly for parents and children who have become homeless through no fault of their own.
No external alterations are proposed to the building and there is no increase in the number of bedrooms from when it was in use as a nursing home.  There are 41 bedrooms in total: 35 double, 5 single and 1 disabled.  30 bedrooms are ensuite.  Omega Mears have submitted a comprehensive Management Plan and the facility will be supervised 24 hours a day.
You can view both applications in full, including the Council letter and Management Plan, and comment on the proposals by clicking the links below:
CCARA has written to the assigned planning officer and ward councillors requesting  that an informal meeting, or drop-in session, is held by council officers and representatives from the service provider, for residents to gain a clearer understanding of the exact proposals and ask questions in order that an assessment can be made of any areas of concern before the application is considered by the Council’s Planning Committee.

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin 04 – September 2016

 

This is the latest of our regular bi-monthly updates on planning and development in the Copers Cope area.  Our aim is to provide you with a concise and informative snapshot of recent planning applications, decisions and appeals.

 

Refusal of a Major Residential Development on Worsley Bridge Road 

The large-scale residential development planned behind the Dylon site, near to Lower Sydenham Railway Station at the northern end of Worsley Bridge Road, has been dismissed at appeal.

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.

In February last year an application (15/00701/FULL1) was made to demolish the existing single-storey buildings on the edge of the Footsies site and construct a building of varying height, from eight to twelve storeys, to provide 296 residential units, a new estate road, parking and cycling spaces and landscaping of land to be accessible by the public.  The scheme comprised of 148No. one-bedroom, 135No. two-bedroom and 13No. three-bedroom flats.  In September last year the application was refused and became the subject of an appeal, which was later withdrawn.

A second application, for a slight variant of the above scheme, but with 253 dwellings, had also been lodged by the developer (15/04759/FULL1). This, too, was refused and the applicant subsequently appealed against the decision.

The appeal hearing was finally held over several days in May and the Planning Inspectorate released its decision last month to dismiss it.

The principal reasons for the dismissal are the effect the proposal would have on:

  1. The area of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) on which it sited;
  2. The effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area, in terms of the design, scale, density and risk of flooding;
  3. The amenities of occupiers of the future dwellings in terms of natural ventilation, solar gain and noise.

Click here to read the Planning Inspector’s Report

Beck House, 36A Copers Cope Road 16/02136/FULL1

Permission has been granted to construct a new, four-storey rear extension and an additional storey on top of the existing block of flats to create an additional 8No. two-bedroom and 1No. three-bedroom flats in connection with the existing 4No. two-bedroom and 1No. three bedroom flats which will be remodelled.

87A Bromley Road 16/02120/FULL1

Consent has also been given to demolish the existing two-storey house situated on the triangular plot of land between Bromley Road and Albermarle Road, close to Bishop Challoner School, and replace it with a part-three, part-four-storey block comprising 9No. two-bedroom flats.

Conifer House, 44 Southend Road 16/02179/FULL1

Planning permission has been granted to enlarge and refurbish this empty, three-storey block of flats on Southend Road, opposite the Stumps Hill Lane bus stop.  This includes  building an additional storey plus four-storey front and rear extensions to create 8No. flats in addition to the 10No. existing.  The new additions will comprise 1No. one-bedroom, 4No. two-bedroom and 3No. three-bedroom flats.  The existing 2No. one-bedroom, 6No. two-bedroom and 2No. three-bedroom flats will also be remodelled.

213 Kings Hall Road 15/04458/OUT

Last year, two outline planning applications were made to develop the land to the rear of 213 Kings Hall Road including part of the side garden of 215.  The initial proposal was for 5No. detached four/five-bedroom houses and gardens.  This was refused by the Council on the grounds of overdevelopment of the site.  Later in the year, a second application was made reducing the number of houses to 3No. however this was subsequently refused also, for the same reason.  The applicant has since lodged an appeal against the latest decision.  At the time of writing a date for the appeal hearing had yet to published.

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

Planning permission has been refused for a scheme involving the addition of three residential storeys on top of the existing, two-storey Barclays Bank building opposite the cinema.

The development comprised of 2No. one-bedroom and 6No. two-bedroom flats on the third and fourth floors, and a large, three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor.

The reasons given for refusal were that the proposal would be visually obtrusive, due to its design, scale, bulk and height; would detract from views in and out of the area; and would be detrimental to the character of the adjacent High Street Conservation Area.

20 Crescent Road 16/02752/FULL

An application to demolish a large 1890s Victorian villa house on a prominent corner near Chancery Lane and replace it with flats has fortunately been refused consent.  There was passionate opposition to the application by local residents, the Chancery Lane and Limes Road Residents’ Association and CCARA, with many letters of objection and a petition being sent to the Council.

10 Copers Cope Road 16/02834/FULL

A retrospective planning application for a basement and ground floor dwelling, that has already been built in the rear garden, has been refused permission.

No 10 is described as a four-storey, end-of-terrace hotel building that has been extensively  refurbished.  Last year 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 has since been repurposed to become a three-bedroom dwelling, without permission.  The building has also been found to be larger than the original consent allowed, and includes a second lightwell that wasn’t on the consented drawings.

Enforcement action is now being taken by LBB in addition to the refusal of the retrospective application.

Carlton Court, Beckenham Road 16/03105/FULL

A planning application has been submitted to add another storey to the two-storey flats, situated at the junction with Hayne Road, to provide 2No two-bed and 2No one-bed flats.

 

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.

The largest of these include St Brides’s House, now practically complete, Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, and Kelsey House at Thornton’s Corner (recently subject of a second application, see below). As a result, many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space have been lost and cannot be reclaimed.

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road 16/02466/RESPA

At the end of July Bromley Council granted ‘prior approval’ consent for the last remaining large office building on Beckenham High Street to be converted into flats.

50 Burnhill Road, had been the subject of an application to convert the building, situated adjacent to Lidl supermarket, into flats last year.  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 earlier this year, 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 in May and regrettably the Council capitulated.

CCARA objected strongly against this application as, in our opinion, it provides an extremely poor and cramped standard of living accommodation. Other areas of concern are what appear to be multiple entrances to the development, no provision for refuse storage and an impractical proposal to store 14 bicycles in the Burnhill Road entrance lobby.  It will be interesting to observe whether this ‘car-free’ agreement, implemented by other developers of commercial-to-residential buildings in Beckenham, will work in reality particularly as Bromley has the the third highest number of car owners out of all the boroughs of Greater London.

Kelsey House, 77 High Street 16/02649/RESPA

Prior approval has been refused for an application to convert the four storeys of office space above the Kelsey House Bar & Kitchen to twenty flats, comprising of 8No. one-bedroom and 12No. two-bedroom (3 person) dwellings.  Reasons given for refusal were the lack of an environmental noise assessment and that future occupiers of the dwellings could be negatively affected by noise from the Bar & Kitchen on the ground floor and other neighbouring commercial premises.  The building is also in a medium flood risk zone and no flood risk assessment had been submitted with the application.

Last summer, a prior approval application had been granted for sixteen flats.

The freehold building is currently on the market for £4 million.

171a High Street 16/02021/RESPA

Following refusal earlier this year, Prior Approval has now been granted to convert the commercial space above Beckenham Pharmacy to 1No two-bedroom flat.

9 Kelsey Park Road 16/02126/RESPA

Prior Approval has been given to convert the two floors of office space above Grand Cru Co wine merchants to 1No three-bedroom flat and 1No two-bedroom flat.

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Victorian house on Crescent Road threatened with demolition, July 2016

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An application proposing the demolition of a large Victorian house on the corner of Crescent Road and Limes Road has been submitted for planning consent

Number 20 Crescent Road was built in 1890 and occupies a prominent corner site, at the junction of Limes Road, on the boundary of the Chancery Lane Conservation Area.  It is one of the few remaining large Victorian houses on the road and a very fine example of late-victorian architecture, displaying many details characteristic of the period, for example polychromatic brickwork and stone window arches.

Crescent Road has a predominance of houses rather than flats, which is at odds with the impression given in the application documents; just two plots on the road are occupied by purpose-built blocks of  flats, the rest by houses of varying ages and styles: generally late Victorian and Edwardian detached and semi-detached towards the east and 1920s/30s examples to the west.

The proposed replacement is a ubiquitous building of seven flats which, together with a car park and garages occupying nearly three-quarters of the existing garden, would diminish the character of the area considerably, in our opinion.

CCARA has written to the Council objecting to the proposed demolition and the scheme in general, and there has already been strong opposition from other local groups and residents, including the Chancery Lane & Limes Road Residents Association.

You can view the application in detail and submit your own comments by clicking this link:

https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/onlineapplications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O8FTZRBTG9G00

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Future of Public Parks inquiry launched by CLG Select Committee

Beckenham, and the surrounding area, is fortunate to have so many beautiful public green spaces to enjoy all year round.

The House of Commons Select Committee for Communities and Local Government has just launched an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

The committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the inquiry.  In addition to a face-to-face survey in parks across the country, the committee is organising  an online survey, web forums and a Twitter hashtag #myparkmatters, where people can let the Committee know why they value their local parks.

Read more, and have your say on Kelsey Park, Beckenham Place Park, Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Cator Park and other public spaces, by clicking on the link below:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/news-parliament-2015/public-parks-launch-16-17/

 

 

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Flats proposed on top of Barclays Bank, Beckenham, June 2016

3 Beckenham Rd Front

Beckenham Road elevation

A recent planning application has been made to build three additional storeys of flats on top of the existing Barclays Bank on Beckenham Road, near to the war memorial.

The application incorporates a scheme for two additional residential storeys that was granted consent more than three years ago, but which expired on 10th April this year, 13/00407/FULL1 , plus a fifth storey penthouse apartment.
(Note: the drawings also indicate an unconnected scheme for the site at 436 Croydon Road, currently a temporary furniture showroom.  This has not been built and the Council are understood to be investigating the current planning status)
CCARA has written to the Council, objecting to the application and expressing the view that the proposal would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding area.  Whilst the Association does not have any major objection to the four-storey scheme previously consented, we consider the newly-proposed fifth storey in the current application an unwelcome addition, for the following reasons:
1. Most buildings in the area are either two or three storeys high, with a few being four storeys.  Allowing a five-storey development would set an undesirable precedent with regard to other sites in the immediate vicinity that hold the potential to be redeveloped in the future.
2. The site is in a sensitive location, right on the edge of the Beckenham High Street Conservation Area and sitting opposite the Grade 2-listed Odeon Cinema and the Post Office, a locally listed building.
3. The design of the building would dominate this important junction in the town and dwarf the adjacent Victorian houses on Beckenham Road.
4. The wave-shaped profile of the penthouse roof results in a fifth storey that would be nearly 5 metres high, further accentuating the visual height of the building.  The elevation drawings suggest the building would be nearly 17 metres high, at its highest point.
5.   No indication appears to be given regarding the materials, colour or finish of the cladding.  The presentation of the drawings seems to suggest a light-coloured render to the third and fourth storeys and a profiled metal roof to the penthouse.  Both materials would be inappropriate, detracting from the importance of the existing key buildings at the junction.
6. Assuming employees at the bank would still permitted to park their cars in the car park at the rear of the building, there would seem to be an inadequate number of parking spaces overall.
If you wish to view the proposal, click on this link, 16/02218/FULL1 , where you can also submit your own comments.

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin No 03 – June 2016

This is the third of a series of regular bi-monthly updates on planning and development in the Copers Cope area.  Our aim is to provide you with a concise and informative snapshot of recent planning applications, decisions and appeals.

Major Residential Development on Worsley Bridge Road

A large-scale residential development is planned on Station Approach near to Lower Sydenham Railway Station at the northern end of Worsley Bridge Road.  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 under currently construction.

In February last year an application (15/00701/FULL1) was made to demolish the existing single-storey buildings on the edge of the Footsies site and construct a building of varying height, from eight to twelve storeys, to provide 296 residential units, a new estate road, parking and cycling spaces and landscaping of land to be accessible by the public.  The scheme comprises of 148No. one-bedroom, 135No. two-bedroom and 13No. three-bedroom flats.

In September last year the application was refused and it is now the subject of an appeal.  The appeal hearing was held over several days starting on 24th May and the decision is expected in the next few weeks.

Following the refusal of this scheme, the developer submitted a second application (15/04759/FULL1) in November last year for a slightly smaller scheme comprising of a building of eight and nine  storeys containing 253 residential units, estate road, parking and landscaping.  This application, too, is now subject of an appeal.

Royce House, 56a Copers Cope Road 15/02068/OUT

An outline planning application made last year to demolish the existing houses at 56A and 56B and replace them with five, three-storey, four-bedroom houses was refused permission on the grounds that it constituted an over-development of the site.  Recently, the applicant’s appeal against the decision was dismissed.  The developer is presently working on an alternative scheme.

Land behind 56a Foxgrove Road 15/05329

An application made in last December for a 3-storey block of flats on land presently occupied by garages behind 56A Foxgrove Road has been refused planning permission. The proposal was for 6No. two-bedroom and 3No. three-bedroom flats, plus parking.  The plans indicate up to 16 trees being removed and the footprint of the new building extending right up to the root-protection zones of the the few mature trees being retained. The scheme was considered to constitute a cramped over development of the site, out of character and unsympathetic to the spatial qualities of surrounding development.  The scale and siting of the building would also have had adverse impact upon existing trees both within and outside the site which contribute significantly to the visual amenities of the area.

14 Southend Road 16/00267/FULL1

An application to convert the house at 14 Southend Road to seven flats, involving a four-storey side and rear extension to the existing house to create 2No. one-bedroom and 5No. two-bedroom apartments was refused in April.  The house is situated in the Southend Road Conservation Area and was built in the late 1840s

1A Wickham Road, Peach Design Printers 15/05100/FULL2

A second application for a change of use to the three-storey building from a printer’s office to a House of Multiple Occupation has been approved by the council and building work has now started.  The building will provide seven bedrooms (four of which have en-suite bathrooms) and shared dining and bathroom facilities. The first application for eight bedrooms was refused on the grounds of below-standard provision.

Nat West Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road 15/04801/FULL1

An application for a hand car-wash business on Copers Cope Road, situated on the strip of land between the Goals all-weather football pitches and the road, has been refused consent.  At the time of writing, reasons for the decision had not been published.

Beck House, 36A Copers Cope Road 16/02136/FULL1

An application has been submitted for the construction of a new, four-storey rear extension and an additional storey on top of the existing block of flats to create an additional 8No. two-bedroom and 1No. three-bedroom flats in connection with the existing 4No. two-bedroom and 1No. three bedroom flats which will be remodelled.

87A Bromley Road 16/02120/FULL1

An application has been made to demolish the existing two-storey house situated on the triangular plot of land between Bromley Road and Albermarle Road, close to Bishop Challoner School, and replace it with a part-three, part-four-storey block comprising 9No. two-bedroom flats.

Conifer House, 44 Southend Road 16/02179/FULL1

This empty, three-storey block of flats on Southend Road, opposite the Stumps Hill Lane bus stop, is the subject of an application to build an additional storey plus four-storey front and rear extensions to create 8No. flats in addition to the 10No. existing.  The new additions would comprise 1No. one-bedroom, 4No. two-bedroom and 3No. three-bedroom flats.  The existing 2No. one-bedroom, 6No. two-bedroom and 2No. three-bedroom flats would be remodelled.

213 Kings Hall Road 15/04458/OUT

Last year, two outline planning applications were made to develop the land to the rear of 213 Kings Hall Road including part of the side garden of 215.  The initial proposal was for 5No. detached four/five-bedroom houses and gardens.  This was refused by the Council on the grounds of overdevelopment of the site.  Later in the year, a second application was made reducing the number of houses to 3No. however this was subsequently refused also, for the same reason.  The applicant has since lodged an appeal against the latest decision.

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

In spring 2013, consent was granted for a scheme (13/00407) to build two additional floors for residential use on top of the two-storey Barclays Bank building opposite the cinema.  The consent expired on 11th April this year and the applicant has since submitted another application for a three-storey addition comprising of 2No. one-bedroom and 6No. two-bedroom flats, and a large, three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor.

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.

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

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road 16/02466/RESPA

One of the last remaining office buildings, 50 Burnhill Road, was also the subject of an application to convert it to flats last year.  The council 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.  The subsequent appeal by the applicant appeal was dismissed earlier this year, however a new application, for the same scheme, has just been submitted with a legal agreement that the flats are to be ‘car-free’ dwellings.  It will be interesting to know if this kind of agreement has worked in reality elsewhere, particularly as Bromley has the the third highest number of car owners out of all the boroughs of Greater London.

Kelsey House, 77 High Street 16/02649/RESPA

Prior approval was granted last summer for the four storeys of office space above the Kelsey House Bar & Kitchen to be converted to sixteen flats, comprising of 8No. one-bedroom and 8No two-bedroom (4 person) flats.  A new application has recently been submitted to increase the number of flats to twenty, comprising of 8No. one-bedroom and 12No. two-bedroom (3 person) flats.

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Church Motor Company to remain in Beckenham

Church Motor Company has told CCARA that they are operating as usual and intend to stay in Beckenham, after losing the garage they have occupied for over eleven years.

Last autumn we reported in The Express that CMC, situated next to the Beckenham Methodist Church on Bromley Road, was set to close after the church, which owns the garage building, secured planning permission at appeal to change the use of the building from Light Industrial to Storage.

CMC have been unable to continue trading from the same building, however they have acquired a smaller building directly opposite while they look for alternative, permanent premises elsewhere in the Beckenham area.  They intend to retain an office here and establish a drop-off and collection point for their Beckenham customers.  Cars will be taken to CMC’s Bromley garage where work will be conducted before being returned to Beckenham for collection.

CMC’s telephone number 020 8650 7373 remains unchanged.

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PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT Bulletin – January 2016

This is the first of a series of regular bi-monthly updates on planning and development in the Copers Cope area.  Our aim is to keep you informed with a concise and informative snapshot of recent planning applications, decisions and appeals we think are of particular interest. You can look up planning references on the Council website.

56 Copers Cope Road, Ref 15/03470/FULL1

A second planning application to demolish the existing late19th-century house and replace it with a four-storey block of nine flats was refused last October after the previous application in March 2015 for a five-storey block of ten flats was withdrawn.  Grounds for refusal were that the scheme constituted a cramped over-development of the site.

Royce House, 56a Copers Cope Road, Ref 15/02068/OUT

An outline planning application made last year to demolish the existing houses at 56A and 56B and replace them with five, three-storey, four-bedroom houses was refused permission on the grounds that it constituted an over-development of the site.  The applicant has appealed against this decision and the hearing is due on 22 March this year.

Ardec Shop, High Street, Ref 15/02489/FULL2

Last August the Council refused an application by the owner of the old Ardec shop to convert it to a restaurant on the grounds that the shop is part of the designated Primary Shopping Frontage of the High Street and restaurant use would not complement this function.  The applicant has since appealed against the decision although, at the time of writing, an appeal hearing date has not yet been set.

Telephone Exchange 15/04184/TELECOM

An application by O2 and Vodafone to install a telecommunications mast, antennae and other equipment on roof of the Telephone Exchange, at the corner of the High Street and Kelsey Park Road, has been refused.  The proposed location of the mast, on a prominent part of the roof, was judged to be unacceptable with regard to the visual impact it would have on the streetscape, in particular the view looking down from Church Hill.

Vodafone, who own the masts and telecoms equipment on the roof of Kelsey House next door, have been given notice to quit by the landlord.  In summer last year, Kelsey House was granted prior approval for change of use from offices to flats. O2 owns the existing mast at the Exchange.

1A Wickham Road, Peach Design, Ref 15/05100/FULL2

An application has been made for a change of use to the three-storey building from a printer’s office to a House of Multiple Occupation with eight bedrooms and shared dining and bathroom facilities. Four of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Bricklayers Arms, High Street, Ref 15/05287/FULL1

The Bricklayers Arms pub has made an application to replace the existing outbuilding and build an infill extension at the rear to enlarge and remodel the interior.

278-280 High Street, above Martin & Co and Red, Ref  15/04371/FULL1

A planning application to add a mansard roof and two studio flats to the building has been refused.  Reasons for refusal were that the proposed mansard style roof alteration and additional floor, by reason of its design, siting, form and bulk and its relationship to adjacent buildings in this prominent location would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the existing building, the integrity of the adjacent terraced buildings and special interest of the setting of the Odeon Cinema Listed Building within the Beckenham Town Centre Conservation Area. It would therefore represent an inappropriate and visually obtrusive development.

94 High Street, Rendezvous Cafe, Ref 15/04478/FULL1

After the first the application was refused, a second application for a replacement shop front has been approved and the work has recently been completed.

86-90 High Street, adjacent to Pier Luigi’s restaurant, Ref 15/04138/FULL1

An application for the construction of a mansard roof to provide two studio residential units has been refused.  Reason for refusals are that the proposed mansard style roof alteration and additional floor, by reason of its scale, design and close proximity to roofscape boundaries, would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the existing building within the Beckenham Town Conservation Area and would represent a visually intrusive addition, harmful to the character and appearance of the area

Change of use from Commercial to Residential

Prior approval applications to convert office premises, many fully-let, to residential use continued to be granted consent at an alarming rate throughout the latter half of last year.  Marqueen House, Ironstone House and Provident House on Burrell Row, towards the western end of Beckenham High Street, were all granted permission in December to be converted to flats, at a loss of many thousands of square feet of purpose-built office space:

Marqueen House, 215 High Street, Ref 15/04323

Consent granted to convert offices on the first, second and third floors to 18 one-bedroom flats, with five parking spaces.

Ironstone House, 205-213 High Street, Ref 15/04293

Consent granted to convert offices on the first, second and third floors to 18 one-bedroom flats, with five parking spaces.

Provident House, 6-20 Burrell Row, Ref 15/04343

Consent granted to convert offices on the ground, first and second floors to 2 two-bedroom and 18 one-bedroom flats, with six parking spaces.

The few remaining office buildings in and around the High Street are under increasing threat of change of use:

Burnhill House, 50 Burnhill Road (adjacent to Lidl), Ref 15/03333

Prior approval was refused at the end of September 2015 to convert the offices to 5 two-bedroom and 9 one-bedroom flats, citing the lack of parking provision as the reason for refusal.  The applicant has since appealed the decision although, at the time of writing, a date for the appeal hearing has not yet been set.

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Valuable High Street Office Space Saved

Three Beckenham office buildings have been saved from being converted into flats by the Council this week. 

Provident House, Ironstone House and Marqueen House, all situated on Burrell Row at the western end of the High Street, had planning applications submitted under the “temporary” permitted development of change of use from offices to residential. The council has limited powers to refuse, but has done so on grounds of lack of parking provision. 

Vital office space has been retained in our town centre, however the Councils decision could still be overturned at Appeal. 

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Changes Underway to Beckenham Primary Schools

Many of you will have noticed changes afoot at several primary schools recently – huge mobile cranes, fleets of lorries with pre-fabricated structures on board and a increase in people wearing hi-vis jackets and hard hats.

Worsley Bridge Primary School is having a brand new, two-storey wing built to allow it to increase in size from two to three-forms of entry.  Groundworks began towards the end of February and in March the first pre-fabricated units began to be craned into position.  The superstructure is now in place ready for cladding, fitting out and connection of services.  The completed building should be ready for the start of the new academic year in September.

Clare House Primary School is undergoing a more drastic change, to create a permanent two-form entry school.  While the children continue to be taught in the current building, a brand new, two-storey school building is being constructed on the old playing field.  Groundworks began in March and the first pre-fabricated structure was craned into place on the Mayday Bank Holiday.  Part of the new school building will be ready for occupation in September and the remainder complete by the Autumn Half-Term holiday.  A temporary hard play surface has been provided to allow the children to continue with games and sporting activities.  This will finally be replaced with hard and soft play areas.  Once the new building is complete, the old building will be demolished and replaced with a new, all-weather sports pitch and staff parking.

Bromley Road Primary School is in the process of a more modest change, due to the historical nature of the building and site restrictions.  The existing building is being refurbished internally allowing it to transform from the two-form entry infant school it once was into a one-form entry full primary.  The school is continuing to operate whilst the building works are being carried out, so complex sequencing and careful arrangements between the contractor and the school have been necessary.  Work started shortly after the Easter Holiday.  When complete in September, the school will provide teaching and learning facilities for older primary children and new outdoor sports and play areas.

Harris Primary Academy Beckenham recently secured planning permission for temporary buildings in the grounds of the Harris Academy Beckenham , while a permanent building is developed at the same site.  The new school, in its temporary accommodation, will provide two-forms of entry from this September.  Design proposals for the permanent Primary Academy building were submitted for planning approval in March, along with designs for a brand new Academy building to replace the existing one.

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Church Motor Company Under Threat of Closure

An established Beckenham garage faces possible closure, following an attempt by the landlord to secure change of use for the building through the planning process.

Church Motor Company (CMC), situated in buildings off Bromley Road, next to Beckenham Methodist Church, 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’s mechanics are specialists of German and Italian cars although the company repairs and services any make of car.  It also has a sister site at Lewes Road in Bromley.

Beckenham Methodist Church, who own the building, made a planning application to change the use of the purpose-built garage workshop (use class B1[c]) to church use (use class D1) last year.  The church have stated they intend to use the space for storage, equipment and letting for community use.  Bromley Council refused the application, citing an unacceptable loss of a business unit as their principle reason.  The Church has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against that decision.  CMC and the garage are currently locked in a dispute over the lease, which is the subject of an ongoing court case.

CCARAs view is that local businesses such as CMC are essential to the vitality of Beckenham and everything must be done to support and protect them, as policy EMP5 of the Council’s Unitary Development Plan sets out.

If you think the closure of Church Motor Company would be a loss of a valuable asset to Beckenham, or otherwise, you can write directly to the Planning Inspectorate at  teamP7@pins.gsi.gov.uk  for the attention of Chris Nash, stating Reference no. APP/G5180/W/15/3005164

Details of the Planning Application and subsequent Appeal can be found on Bromley Council’s website under Planning Reference no.  14/01814/FULL

 

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Proposed Harris Primary Academy in Beckenham, November 2014

The Harris Federation has made its second attempt to secure planning permission, for temporary buildings to accommodate two foundation classes (sixty children), to establish a Primary Academy on the site of its Secondary Academy, off Manor Way.  An earlier application was controversially refused over the summer.  A permanent school building is planned, to allow it to grow to an expected capacity of 420.  The reconstruction of the existing Secondary school buildings, together with the new Primary school accommodation, is in the design stage and will be the subject of future planning applications.

The application for the temporary buildings for the Primary Academy is due to be decided by LBB’s Planning Committee on 8th January 2015.

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83 Copers Cope Road Housing Development – Planning Application

A planning application has been submitted by The Oakwood Group for a private development of eight, five-bedroom, detached houses on the light industrial land to the rear of 83 Copers Cope Road, adjacent to the rail line.  The land was, at one time, the site of a dairy but has more recently been occupied by a number of individual businesses.  The existing mixture of one and two-storey buildings, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, is proposed for demolition.  The new houses are two-storey, plus accommodation in the roof spaces.  The application follows a public consultation meeting that was held in August.

Further details can be found at Bromley Council’s planning website under reference 14/03384/FULL1

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Consultation: Worsley Bridge Primary School Proposed Expansion to Three-form Entry

Worsley Bridge Junior School on Brackley Road has announced its intention to consult on a proposal to expand from two to three forms of entry from September 2015, with the total number of children at the school eventually reaching 630.

The school has undergone a number of changes in recent times.  Last year it achieved an Ofsted ‘Good’ grading and  underwent a conversion from junior to a ‘full primary’ status last Autumn.  More recently there has been a change to the school uniform and crest.  Earlier this month it secured planning permission to double its size with a new, two-storey classroom wing, larger staffroom and expanded hall.

The school welcomes any views or comments on its proposals.  This can be done by writing to the Chair of Governors or  sending an email to the School at: admin@worsleybridge.bromley.sch.uk.  Please include your name and address in any correspondence.  The School is also holding an open public meeting on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 7.00pm at the school.  The closing date for responses to the consultation is Friday 3rd October 2014.

 

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Consultation: Clare House Primary School Proposed Expansion to Two-Form Entry

Clare House Junior School on Oakwood Avenue has announced its intention to consult on a proposal to expand from one to two forms of entry from September 2015, with the total number of children at the school eventually reaching 432.

The school has taken a ‘bulge’ class this year and in the two previous years due to the shortage of school places for Bromley children.  Clare House is also embarking on major changes with the construction of a new building and demolition of the existing one granted planning approval today by Bromley Council.

The school welcomes any views or comments on its proposals.  This can be done by: writing directly to the head teacher at Clare House Primary School, Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham BR3 6PJ; or sending an email to admin@clarehouse.bromley.sch.uk.  Please include your name and address in any correspondence.  The school is also holding an open public meeting on Wednesday 17th September 2014 between 3.30 and 6.30pm at the school.  The closing date for responses to the consultation is Wednesday 15th October 2014.

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