Good news from the Mayor's Office - the Planning Authority has upheld Bromley Council's decision NOT to allow the planning application for a new 23 storey residential block on Sherman Road.
We've supported local residents in their objections to this planning application from the outset as have councillors from all political parties. We objected to the scale and style of the building, and believed that 23 storeys was just too tall for this area and the neighbouring conservation zone, and there weren't the local services to support such a significant influx of new residents.
Undoubtedly there will be further plans for this valuable site, and we'll keep monitoring applications for buildings there. There is a desperate need for more affordable homes in the borough, and this is a very desirable location, but it must be part of a broader consultation with the local community.
The block - developed by BeLiving - is intended to be rental only, targetted at professional people attracted by the good transport links and some of the high level services included in the rental plan (e.g. gym, high speed broadband, etc) It will comprise 214 apartments, with commercial units on the ground and first floor. Only two car parking spaces will be provided - for the use of the commercial units - because the developers believe residents are unlikely to own cars. 20% of the apartments will meet the definition of "affordable housing" but the details of what discount these units will attract is still unclear.
We recognise the need for new housing in Bromley, and this site is ripe for redevelopment. But the scale and style of this development is wrong - it's just not appropriate for this area and would be added pressure on already over stretched local services. We do expect the planning application to be rejected - if you would like to lodge your comments with Bromley Council. you can review and comment on the plans at this link below using reference 17/05790/FULL1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the same reference.
However, it is likely that the developers will appeal against any refusal of planning permission to the National Planning Inspector - given that Bromley Council's own local plan has this area earmarked for a tall building we fear they may be successful. We would urge Bromley Councillors to work with the developers to see if alternatives that are more suitable for this area can be found.