Penge Police Station – Planning Application Deferred

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The planning application for the former Penge Police Station was dealt with last night.

We managed to persuade the rest of the Plans 1 sub committee to defer the planning application to turn the former Penge Police Station at the corner of the High Street and Green Lane into five one bedroom and two two bedroom flats.  We are not against the change of use for housing but argued that five car parking spaces is not enough in this congested area.  We should certain not be adding to parking problems by having more flats than parking spaces.  There were also concerns about the size of some of the proposed flats with issues raised by Environmental Health.  We will keep you informed of further proposals with the applicant being asked to reduce the number of flats.

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5 Responses to Penge Police Station – Planning Application Deferred

  1. Penny Read says:

    I don’t like the thought of the old police station being converted into residential flats? It’s a prime High Street spot – surely something more imaginative could be done? Could we still try and bag it for community use or a museum or new library or a combination? The post office could move into part of it. I really can’t see why the building can’t be adapted as a library – it would look/feel much better than converting Edgingtons.

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    • The council did look at it as a possible Library location, Penny, but decided the conversion was too complicated. For a modern Library,you really need a large open space. Disabled access is also difficult. I agree that we would like a community use but the council aren’t spending any money and then it is up to the market.

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  2. Katie says:

    It should be converted into an Arts Centre with a cafe, pop up shop space, work hub and rooms for children’s workshops, art classes etc. It would be such a shame to see it turned into flats.

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    • Yes, it would Katie and we would support such a move. However, the building was sold by the police on the open market.

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      • Katie says:

        There’s no Arts Centre in South East London (that I know of anyway!) and this would have been a great opportunity. If I hadn’t been busy having babies I would have tried to put some funding together – although I’m sure it wouldn’t have been as much as they’ve got from property investors!

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