The council is hoping to extend the New Beckenham Station Car Park to include the vacant, green area at the rear of the car park. This space also runs along the back of some of the houses in Kings Hall Road.
Whether this is acceptable in planning terms will be decided by an appropriate planning committee. One of the issues is nuisance to the adjoining properties, though council officers have noted that the current car park alredy runs alongside the garden of a property in Lennard Road already.
Some residents have also questioned whether this extended car park will serve any use, as many of the pay and display parking spaces on the Copers Cope side of the railway remain unused and while roads in Penge & Cator which have no parking restrictions are heavily parked.
We asked the council to respond:
The area of land that we propose be converted to provide extra parking at New Beckenham station is an asset of the Council which is not being efficiently used. It is an expense to the Council that has to be maintained and managed. There is high demand for parking at New Beckenham Station, the car park is regularly full of cars. Should the extension be approved, this would provide a much needed facility for users of New Beckenham rail station.
I appreciate that not all commuters will use the car park while there is free on-street parking available not far away, but the better the provision of parking at the station, the less demand there will be for parking in roads such as Aldersmead Road. The added benefit of extending the car park is as a new source of revenue to the Council from commuters, which is of course a benefit to the residents of Bromley.