Stop the monster Council co-development and its chain reaction of tower blocks down the High Street

Developers visual of their high-rises towering over our High Street. The red lines are our adjustment for the minimal 2021 changes.

Help us stop the development of ‘Churchill Quarter’ – or as we call it, ‘how to ruin the heart of an historic Town Centre’.

If this development is approved, it will set off a chain reaction of other tower blocks, starting from the Churchill Theatre to the Railway and beyond, forever ruining our Town Centre.

Read and share our flyer: https://www.bromleycivicsociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Churchill-Quarter-BCS-Update-Sept21.pdf

Join us in objecting to this development and fighting to preserve our unique historic town, by:

  • attend face-to-face public presentation sessions on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 2-6pm. and Saturday 25th September 2021 from 10am-2pm in the vacant shop unit at 95 High Street beside H&M and opposite Robert Dyas.
  • add comments at the developer’s site: https://churchillquarterbromley.co.uk – please copy your comments to the ward councilors, nicky.dykes@bromley.gov.uk, will.harmer@bromley.gov.uk, michael.rutherford@bromley.gov.uk, and ourselves at: chair@bromleytownparks.org.uk.
Destruction of our Town center – this approval will revive the proposals of the Site 10 Masterplan with all the high rises down the High Street to the railway

The developers have submitted an application that scarcely varies from the 2018 proposals. These attracted overwhelming opposition from the public, Historic England, Councillors and residents groups. The vast and overwhelming scale of the development are unchanged, and thus still be contrary to national and local environmental policies, and harmful to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

One reason the developers are not prepared to reduce their proposals to a reasonable height, is that they are fulfilling the briefing document drawn up by one of our own civil servants in the council planning department.

Library Gardens calm oasis will be robbed of light and be lined with retail units

Harm to the Library Gardens: the gardens will be overshadowed by a cliff face of buildings, robbed of sunlight even the height of summer. Instead of the current calm oasis, it will become an extension of the High Street, lined with shop fronts. A sad demise of the gift to the people of Bromley by Emily Dowling in 1900 – unwisely left in the care of the local authority.

Harm to Queens Mead and the Ravensbourne Valley skyline: this so-called ‘protected view’ conserves the semi-rural vista of the last millennium. Not any longer. The council has a statutory duty to ‘preserve or enhance’ the vista – or not in this case.

The Tower block Chain reaction – There are two other proposals (for 3 high-rises behind Ravensbourne Road) that will be justified if this development is approved. It will also revive the proposals of the Site 10 Masterplan with all the high rises down the High Street to the railway.

Plight of Residents on the CQ site: the residents and owners of the 40 homes in Ethelbert Close have been living under the threat of compulsory purchase by the Council for years but are no nearer knowing what’s going to happen to them.

The proposed high rises impact on the ‘protected view’ of Queens Mead
Proposals that will go ahead if this is approved – 16 storeys over the former Maplins, and two (19 and 12) behind 2-4 Ringers Road and 5 Ethelbert Road

Make your views known at this stage and again when a planning application is lodged. Comments can be made as follows:

The Webinar visuals and information, will also be available to view and comment on at two face-to-face public presentation sessions on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 2.00-6.00 p.m. and Saturday 25th September 2021 from 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m. in the vacant shop unit at 95 High Street beside H&M and opposite Robert Dyas.  It is unclear what Covid precautions will be in place so those who do not wish to or cannot attend, or cannot access the website, are asked to ring Countryside Properties on 020 3929 0523 to obtain a ‘Consultation Pack’.

Bromley Civic Society and The Friends of Bromley Town Parks & Gardens will also publish information on our websites, circulating this to the wider public through social media as well.  If you would like to receive further information, such as when the final planning application is lodged, please forward your name and email address to cqcampaign@bromleycivicsociety.org.uk
Ward Councillors:

  • Cllr. Nicky Dykes – nicky.dykes@bromley.gov.uk
  • Cllr Will Harmer – will.harmer@bromley.gov.uk
  • Cllr. Michael Rutherford – michael.rutherford@bromley.gov.uk
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1 Response to Stop the monster Council co-development and its chain reaction of tower blocks down the High Street

  1. Alan Pardoe says:

    Not sure what rock I have been under for the last couple of years, to have not heard much about this scheme; but this in it’s current format is pretty dire. What on earth is the need for numerous tall buildings to blight the landscape? I see that there are only 12 allocated parking spaces for disabled persons. To cite that Bromley two area has good transport links is not enough to ensure that any amount of new residents who may come, do not have cars to park somewhere. Apart from these two points, and there are others, nothing has been said about the likelihood of increased parking charges at any pay parking spots, as well as no doubt, the increase to residents parking costs as a way to bring in revenue for the council. What incentives have been offered to the council to get a scheme like this to be considered? Something needs doing, but we need better planners & architects to come up with a suitable plan.

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