John Lewis proposal to build tower blocks on the Bromley Waitrose site

In August 2023, Bromley Civic Society have issued a statement on the Bromley Waitrose site proposals:

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The Curious Case of The Table

In May we were contacted by a friend-of-a-friend in the South of France, about a rather stylish antique table. When they bought it, and got it home, they found a note inside:

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BROOMTIME '23 The shrub, from which Bromley takes its name is now in full flower on Martin’s Hill. Don’t miss this annual natural heritage event unique to Bromley
Yellow broom flowers and war memorial
Broom and War Memorial on Martins Hill

Where to see it:  Martin’s Hill is just two minutes walk from Market Square along Church Road behind Primark where Bromley’s name- sake shrub burst into spectacular bloom from mid April to the end of May.

The name ‘Bromley’ is from the Anglo Saxon ‘Bromleag’ or ‘Broomleigh’ literally meaning a clearing where broom grows.  

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Great turnout, poor weather – Bertie’s Bromley walk for the Library Lates

A walk on Thursday to link with the Library Lates event that evening

Last month we conducted the walk “Bertie’s Bromley” to complement the Library Lates event. Despite the miserable weather, more than 30 people turned up for the walk, which was informative and entertaining. The title is derived from the family name for the famous author HG Wells . He was born on the High Street and described the Victorian Bromley that he grew up in, in his works.

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UPDATE! 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.

UPDATE! As of today, 7th March 2023, the developers have withdrawn the current application. This is great news. We will keep an eye on the site though.


PREVIOUSLY we said…

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High Street No. 135 Fox House and the Olde Sweet Shoppe – Heritage Building

Arts and Crafts shop with bay window and 3rd storey dormer
Fox House at 135 High Street, with the Olde Sweet Shoppe.

Fox House is a lovely 1890s building in the terrace just below Market Square.

This building is fancifully decorated, with a gable end and a dome on the roof, though it is not visible when standing in front of the shop on the High Street.

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Tour of the Old Town Halls, post-restoration by CastleForge

The first tour of the Former Town Halls, after their conversion and restoration, took place on Saturday 11th February (these tours are a membership benefit! join here). In 2018 the Old Town Hall on Tweedy Road, and the Town Hall Extension on Widmore Road, together with the courthouse, were sold to CastleForge, to convert to co-working offices. Now the buildings have been repaired and converted, Clockwise (who operate the shared office-space) has allowed some tours of the buildings to take place.

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Summary/Notes on the SPD – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Some of the content of the Supplementary Planning Document is to be praised, and some notice has been taken of the feedback in the 2020 consultation, except for the rejection of high-rise tower blocks (see our post, where 86% of responses about building heights rejected High Rise – more than 6 storeys – new buildings)

The document is divided into 15 ‘Guidance Notes’, most of which have good proposals. Then it outlines more detail proposals for it’s Areas and Sub-Areas. Please see our (slightly annotated) copy of the whole document:

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Filling in the Survey Monkey on the SPD consultation

The Supplementary Planning Document consultation has an option to fill in your opinion on each section via Survey Monkey. It’s not an especially good survey, as you can’t see what you are commenting on – you have to have the document open in another tab, and have taken notes.

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Architectural Elements of Heritage Bromley

The 2023 Supplementary Planning Document for Bromley Town states the NPG aim:

“well-designed places are based on a sound understanding of the surrounding context, influence their context positively and are responsive to local history, culture and heritage. Creating a positive sense of place helps to foster a sense of belonging and contributes to well-being, inclusion and community cohesion. Well-designed places respond to existing local character and identity and contribute to local distinctiveness.”

Section 4.4 of the SPD 2023.

In order to help architects who may not be able to visit the town in person, we have compiled some of the architectural elements found on Bromley’s town centre heritage buildings and conservation area.

A Goup of buildings designed by Ernest Newton, including the Star and Garter

The David Greg building in Market Square, that uses ceramic tiles to add decorative arches, a porthole window, and other embellishments
Bromley North Station.  This Edwardian building is one of several with cupolas, as well as an arched entrance, pediment, and delicate iron grill work.
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