Lib Dems call for the council to limit the height of new buildings before high-rises become the norm.
Developers have released revised plans for the high-rise development next to the Churchill Theatre in the centre of Bromley. If the council approves the plan, two rows of giant tower blocks, including 413 flats, will go up casting a permanent shadow over both Church House Gardens and Library Gardens. No commensurate increase in funding is planned for essential local services.
Amazingly, this development is actually owned by Bromley’s Conservative-run Council - they plan to use compulsory purchase orders to get hold of the land. This means they could, if they wanted to, stop the project in its tracks. They could pause it to consider alternatives that are more in keeping with our town, protect our green spaces, and provide more affordable homes. They could also choose to fund stronger local services to cater for new residents. But they refuse to do that.
The council are pushing ahead and, cynically, the planning application will not be heard until just after the local council elections in May 2022. With a long track record of supporting these sky high developments, we suspect that the Conservative council will push this proposal through irrespective of any promises of opposition by local candidates.
Please give you feedback opposing the development here.
You may well have your own reservations about this development. Bromley Lib Dems oppose the development because:
- It is too tall, and out of keeping with the local area.
- If we approve buildings of this height it will open the way for a number of other too-high tower blocks - there are already plans for a massive high-rise on the Maplin site on the High Street, and the controversial site at 1 Westmoreland Road is now up for sale. Developers will likely cite the height of the Churchill Quarter as justification for the size of their own proposals.
- The development will comprise 413 flats bringing potentially over 1,200 new residents into the centre of Bromley without any increase in funding for local services.
- Church House Gardens and Library Gardens will be damaged irreparably by the development. Church House Gardens will be in permanent shade and the high street will encroach into the open space with retail units on the ground floor.
- The development will increase the flood risk in the area.
Bromley Lib Dems want to see a limit on the height of new developments in Bromley council's 'Local Plan'. We want a focus on affordable homes for local families and a reinvigorated High Street with improved services for new and existing residents. Sadly, the Conservatives have failed to even release their much delayed 'Local Plan' for Bromley and instead are driving forward with developments that don't deliver what local people need or want. Don't let them get away with it.
The Bromley Town Lib Dem team have a produced a video about the development which you can see here.