Bromley Civic Society was formed to provide awareness and protection for the built and green environment of Bromley, in particular for the town centre. The Society was formed in 2007 in place of the Heart of Bromley Residents Association (HOBRA) out of concern for the content of the emerging Town Centre Area Action Plan, to which the Society made detailed response through the various consultation stages as well as at the AAP public hearing in 2010.
We are grateful to the past work of HOBRA, in particular for their successful campaign for the designation of the Town Centre Conservation Area which, as a result, gives protection to over 500 historic buildings. This protection, however, is subject to constant attack from developers and so there is a need for consistent vigilance, education and dissemination of information.
We have continued to campaign for better protection of the historic built and green environment of the Town Centre and its environs and the wellbeing of its residents.
We are founder members of Civic Voice, the UK national body for amenity societies, and The London Forum, both of which inform government policy on planning matters. We are also members of the Bromley Federation of Residents Associations and regularly contribute to meetings with an exchange of information.
We love Bromley in Kent and we think there is much in Bromley town to celebrate and cherish.
As a local amenity society we seek to:
- Encourage people to take greater interest in central Bromley.
- Provide an opportunity for informed discussion and increasing awareness of the principles and objectives of development and conservation within the area.
- Ensure that officials and members of government at all levels are aware of the importance of Bromley town centre as a historic place and a living place.
- Promote high standards of planning and design in the area.
- Secure the preservation or enhancement of those features that contribute to the special character of the area.
- Press for improvements to the public realm.
We have the following officers who manage the day to day work of the Society:
Vice Chair—Peter Martin
They are supported by a committee of society members covering matters such as planning, membership and publicity.
Please contact our web editor Tim Hayward via the address below if you have any suggestions regarding content for this site.
The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month. These meetings start at 8pm and are held at the Parish Rooms adjacent to the parish church in Church Road, Bromley BR2 0EG.
For further details please contact our Chairman, Tony Banfield (see below).