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Some of our older news stories and documents are listed below:

Recommended Reading: The Battle for Bromley

BCS: activity, newsletters and bulletins

BCS Bulletin Spring 2012

BCS Bulletin September 2012

BCS Bulletin July 2011

Archived posts:

  • A look inside the Royal Bell Hotel, Bromley

    Peter Martin, Vice Chair Bromley Civic Society, writes about the Royal Bell Hotel. This story appeared in our September newsletter. With thanks to Jo Hone for the photographs. The Royal Bell has stood empty and forlorn now for some 5 years. Once the grandest hotel in Bromley, its most recent history has been somewhat chequered…
  • Archive, 2012, March: Site K: Westmoreland Road plans accepted by council

    6th March 2012: Site K: Widmore Road plans accepted by council Despite many objections from local people who will be overlooked by this development Cathedral’s plans for the massive development of this site were accepted by L.B.Bromley Development Control Committee.
  • Archive, 2013, September: Site L 1 Westmoreland Road, Bromley

    Planning ref 13/02451 – 1 Westmoreland Road, Bromley: 20th September 2013 BCS have sent in their comments on this revised planning application for the development of the ex-DSS building (Opportunity site L). We are concerned at the lack of any significant changes since last application. Our comments can be viewed here: A_BCS comments_ September 2013_Site…
  • Archive: 2011 July: Site K: Westmoreland Road Car Park

    July 2011: Site K: Westmoreland Road Car Park The developer (Cathedral Group) outlined very sketchy plans of their proposed development in a container outside the Churchill Theatre. Our society have raised severe concerns about these plans particularly the height of the building. More details on this development are expressed in out July 2011 Bulletin:A_BCS_bulletin_July_2011
  • Archive: 2012, January: Site L– Plans for ex-DHSS building, Bromley South

    25th January 2012: Site L– Plans for ex-DHSS building, Bromley South A small public exhibition of Telereal Trillium’s proposal to develop the former DHSS site. This is a mixed development to provide a hotel, apartments and retail and will involve a 11-storey tower block at the junction Masons Hill/Westmoreland Road. BCS are concerned at impact…
  • Archive: 2012, January: Big screen dream part of £80m town development

    11th January 2012: Big screen dream part of £80m town development Tony Banfield comments adversely, in today’s News Shopper article on Cathedral Group’s 24 storey tower development in Westmoreland Road (Site K). Also known as Bromley South Central. In same issue a notice of a planning application (ref: 11/03865/FULL1) for this development appears. BCS will…
  • Archive: 2012, January: Former Army & Navy Store Ringers Road

    The application by Crest Homes for the erection of 1×11 storey (plus upper basement) and 1×9 storey (plus lower and upper basement) building comprising 148 flats (48×1 bedroom and 100×2 bedroom), 460sqm commercial unit (Class A3/A4), 77 car parking spaces has been refused by the council’s Development Control Committee. This is the former Army &…
  • Archive: 2012, July: Town Centre Festival

    Sunday 29th July 2012: BCS taking part in Bromley Town Centre Festival. We will be taking part in this important event in Bromley High Street, 11am—5pm. There will be lots of events celebrating local Arts, Sports, Leisure and Heritage. We will be manning a stall, together with the Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens…
  • Archive: 2012, June: Jonathan Clay talk at AGM

    Thursday 6th June 2013: BCS AGM. The society’s Annual General Meeting took place at the Parish Rooms, Church Street, Bromley. After our formal business our guest speaker Jonathan Clay spoke eloquently about the campaign by Gravesend Civic Society against disastrous local town centre development plans.
  • Archive: 2012, March: Heritage Trail Launched

    31st March 2012: Heritage Trail launched As part of the council’s Easter events an heritage trail around Bromley North Village was officially launched in the Market Square. Councillors Morgan & Manning were in attendance. Two separate walks were led by Marc Timlin (BCS).
  • Archive: 2013, Aug: 111 High Street, Bromley, shopfront

    28th August 2013 BCS opposes the planning application, reference 13/02630, to fit a new unsympathetic shop front to this historic building.
  • Archive: 2013, July: Bromley North Village

    Bromley North Village: July 2013 Work to improve the public realm has started with both East Street and the upper High Street being dug up. Some concern has been expressed about the grave impact on businesses. 11th May 2013: Bromley North Plans Approved. The plans for improvements to the public realm and re-routing of some…
  • Archive: 2013, June: Loss of the Italian Terrace

    QG_report_Nov_2011 This planned development, along with a terrace area outside the garden, will take most of the southern end of Queen’s Garden to build five restaurants. This particular area was added to the garden in 1990 in compensation for the northern part, adjacent to Market Square, then taken to build The Glades shopping centre. We…
  • Archive: 2013, September: Royal Bell

    Royal Bell plans: 4th September 2013 Supporters of Bromley Arts & Community Initiative meet with Bromley councillors, in Council Chamber, to discuss plans to make this historic but empty building into an arts centre. More details at http://bromleyartsandcommunity.blogspot.co.uk/ 28th March 2013:  Royal Bell meeting Bromley Arts & Community Initiative held a well attended meeting to…
  • Archive: 2013, September: West Side of High Street

    Site G Community G Meeting Site G Leaflet Community G Street Party: 22nd September 2013 BCS was pleased to be invited to the street party organised by the community of people seriously impacted by council plans. Bob Ogley was a guest speaker. Public Meeting on West Side of High Street, Bromley About two hundred people…
  • Archive: 2019 Christmas Lights In Bromley

    This year’s Christmas Lights in Bromley: the Christmas Tree in Market Square This year, some of our heritage buildings have been flood lit on High Street, and it is well worth taking a trip in to look around them. The installation is by BID/Your Bromley, and Workmen have been busy installing the lights, by cherry…
  • Archive: BCS Newletter and February talk

    The latest BCS newsletter was published before Christmas containing all the latest information about town centre planning and other important issues. One important story concerns the approval given for the revised planning application for the Royal Bell hotel on 13 December. Benedict O’Looney, one of the architects, will be giving an update on progress with…
  • Archive: Beckenham Library – outline approved despite Conservation Area

    Like the sale of Civic Centre land the Council’s proposed demolition of the Beckenham Library for a block of flats is another example of the Council flouting its own heritage protection policies in a misguided attempt to meet housing targets.  The issue has been front page news several weeks running.  The Library is identified as…
  • Archive: Bromley Civic Society: May 2016 Newsletter

    The latest BCS newsletter is now available. It contains a range of important local news stories set within the context of the Government’s Housing & Planning Bill which received Royal Assent this month. From a heritage perspective we include a fascinating glimpse of the life of HG Wells in Bromley. This year our AGM will…
  • Archive: Building works at Churchill Theatre – grey painted concrete instead of Lakeland tiles?

    The High Street fontage a few years ago before the nails holding the slate tiles started to fail Just to let everybody know about the plans with the lakeland slate tiles that are falling off the cladding on Churchill Theatre: Thanks to Bromley Gloss at :https://www.facebook.com/BromleyGloss/photos/a.1400163736933691/2338726886410700/?type=3&theater — at High Street, Bromley. Tony Banfield, our chairman…
  • Archive: Come to our Treasure Trail on Friday!

    Wondering what to do with the children this half term?  Get them involved in heritage on the Family Heritage Treasure Trail on Friday 21st February from 10am to 4pm. It’s meant for youngsters accompanied by grown ups – but there’s nothing to stop grown ups having a go on their own!  It starts and finishes in The Glades and takes about half an…
  • Archive: Drop In announced for Park Sale

    Drop in event for the sale of part of our Palace Park: 7.30pm on 10th September at the Civic Centre. But, this sale is being described as the disposal of derelict buildings, (it contains 2 caltrop shaped buildings that the council has allowed to deteriorate) in this part of the palace gardens.
  • Archive: January 2016 Newsletter!

    The latest BCS newsletter is now available. It contains a range of fascinating heritage stories, including about David Bowie, as well as updates on the Council’s Local Plan and good news about the Orpington Priory Community Hub. Over the past three months we’ve been pleased to offer heritage tours of the Town Centre which have…
  • Archive: Latest BCS newsletter now available

    The November edition of the BCS newsletter is now available. It contains stories about BCS heritage walks, Site G, and the former Bromley museum at Orpington priory. The newsletter also displays the new BCS logo incorporating the Star and Garter pub and the broom which gave Bromley its name.
  • Archive: London Forum update

    Photo by Heidi Sandstrom. on Unsplash Bromley Civic Society is a member of The London Forum which works to protect and improve the quality of life in London. It is a most influential body with input into Government and London Plan policy. Take a look at their regular NewsForum bulletins and…
  • Archive: Picture House Opening Date Is Announced

    Just in case our readers haven’t already heard, the cinema on the High Street, that has just been converted to a Picture House, has an opening date, Friday 7th June! When visiting our new venue, don’t forget to look for the Art Deco screens that our chairman rescued from the Co-Op on Widmore Road! They…
  • Archive: Press Release: Bromley High Street could qualify for a share of £44 million

    [UPDATE] Though the application was prepared by the civic society, the council never engaged so Bromley did not attain any of this money. In recognition that HERITAGE IS A TRADING ASSET the government has put forward £44 million for High Streets, like Bromley, that are in Conservation Areas.   Diners Inn at 206 High Street,…
  • Archive: Proposals for Old Town Hall, from the new owners

    Old Town Hall Adding double-height mansard roof on two sides Our initial thoughts are that although the leaflet contains precious little detail the proposals look promising.  74,000 sq ft of serviced offices is proposed for the both the 1907 town hall and the 1939 ‘extension’.  The hotel of 26 bedrooms replaces the 1970’s extensions that…
  • Archive: September Newsletter now available

    The September BCS Newsletter is now available. It contains stories about future plans for the Royal Bell hotel, proposed development in opportunity sites B and G, and the future of the Civic Centre. Also a reminder about the BCS heritage walk on Saturday 26 September.
  • BCS Spring Newsletter!

    The Spring BCS newsletter is now available. It’s packed full of new information about Bromley Civic Day on Saturday 17 June, the possibility of bringing back the Broom Day festival and an update on the London Borough of Bromley Local Plan. We also review the very successful walks and talks led by BCS over the…
  • Bromley Civic Society AGM: 4 June 2015

    We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting and Social Evening to be held on Thursday 4th June 2015, 8pm It will take place in the Parish Church Rooms, Church Road, Bromley (behind Primark) The agenda is as follows: Chairman’s report 2014/15 Treasurers’ report Election of officers General discussion Refreshment break Guest Speaker,…
  • Historic Architecture Talk on February 28th: Venue Change

    Please note that the venue for Benedict O’Looney’s talk on historic architecture in south London has been changed to the Small Hall, Bromley Central Library (see below). Benedict will also speak about progress with the current plan to restore the Royal Bell hotel. Benedict O’Looney Talk on 28th February 2019, 7:30pm: Small Hall, Bromley Central…
  • Visit the old Palace on the next Bromley Heritage Walk

    Bromley Civic Society will be organising another heritage walk on Saturday 14th May led by Peter Martin, the BCS Vice-Chair and Jane Secker, BCS Secretary. It will be an opportunity to visit Bromley Palace and see inside the building, which was the former residence of the Bishops of Rochester and dates from the late 18th…