Local updates

Planning applications have been received to convert the stable block at the back of the old police station into a house. There are still no proposals for developing the main building.

An appeal has been lodged against the council’s refusal to permit a gym to operate from the old Edginton’s shop in Green Lane. We welcomed the possible arrival of a gym in Penge, which would add to the mix of services on offer locally. However, until the applicants can show that they can overcome any parking problems, such a proposal will always face difficulties.

Bromley has opened a new Housing Register for social rented housing. The old list certainly needed rationalising as it contained many people who no longer needed or who would never qualify for re-housing. We supported measures to rationalise the list but Bromley’s housing problem will never be solved until more affordable accommodation is built for young and needy families.

Bromley will be trialling a garden waste collection scheme in some parts of the borough next spring. Penge won’t be included in the initial trial but the scheme would involve residents paying an annual sum to have a regular garden waste collection either from a wheelie bin or plastic bags. If the scheme is successful (that is, if enough people take it up for it to pay for itself) it will be rolled out to the rest of the borough.

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3 Responses to Local updates

  1. Gerard stanley says:

    Can’t believe planning for a gym was turned down but accepted for a church!!! Which would create more parking congestion ? Also parking for residents in penge has become intolerable especially now because of the church on green lane but more so builders on thesiger road and parish lane! I live in whateley road and parking has become impossible I often have to park no where near where I live! How do residents in cortinghan torr Raleigh rd etc cope? We seriously need to loom at parking! I frequently get caught not able tonpark on my own road! I have a new born
    Baby and it is just ridiculous because of builders shoppers church goers etc

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  2. Thank you for contacting us; we wouldn’t disagree with anything you say.

    We persuaded the council to refuse the application for the church on the grounds of disturbance to local people, noise and parking congestion. The church appealed and a Planning Inspector over-ruled the local decision. The Inspector did impose conditions regarding noise and we have not received complaints from neighbours recently.

    We were a bit more even handed on the gym but many local people in Cottingham etc. asked us to oppose it because of the possible parking problems. The Planning Committee again refused permission. The gym is now appealing. They are aware of local concerns over parking and we have suggested they try to come to a deal with the High Street car park. A gym would be a welcome addition to the facitlties for local residents. We’ll have to see what the Inspector says.

    There has also been an applicaiton to convert the electrical wholesaler to flats. There is soeme parking provided with this applicaiton. However, a Bromley planning committee again refused permission. That too is being appealed.

    The building work will be temporary and the council cannot refuse permission on that ground. There will be subsequent work to Cranbrook Court but that should be less disruptive.

    On the general question of parking, we arranged for residents in Torr, Cottingham and Kingsdale and also in Raleighh, Wordsworth and Southey to be consulted over the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone which would have restrricted parking to local residents. In both areas, residents voted against the proposal.

    As your local councillors, we will always try to find solutions to issues affecting our local residents but it never seems to be quite so straight forward.

    Do let us know if you have any further questions.

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  3. Siobhan Caswall says:

    Hi there

    I live in Green Lane, a few doors down from the former Edgingtons building, and I’m becoming increasingly upset by the noise levels coming, for many hours every Sunday, from the church now occupying the property.

    I’d be really grateful if you would clarify some points for me please?

    1. Has the church been granted full planning permission? The last I heard permission had been rejected, and so I wasn’t worried about them becoming a permanent fixture.

    2. Would you please forward me some details on exactly what noise restrictions the Planning Inspector imposed on the church?

    It strikes me that if I were to hold a party in my house/garden every Sunday resulting in the same levels of noise, I would definitely be visited by the Environmental Health department. I haven’t complained until now because I thought the church was only a temporary tenant, but I will be complaining now.

    Regarding the comments above about Controlled Parking, I think the reason residents rejected the idea is probably because it’s fairly expensive (this isn’t a wealthy part of the borough), and, in my experience from previous parking proposals, wouldn’t have solved the problem. These previous proposals have only suggested restricted parking for non-residents between 12:00-13:00/14:00, which would in no way solve our problem. Non residents parking in our streets aren’t commuters leaving their cars all day to use the stations, but rather workers and shoppers (and church goers, obviously). For us to vote for a Controlled Parking scheme, I think we would need a stricter scheme, such as that employed in LB Camden, whereby non residents can park for a maximum of 20 minutes.

    I look forward to hearing your views. Thanks for your help.

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