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Community gears up to fight Churchill Quarter development in Bromley town centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:47 05 July 2018

How the development is expected to look. Picture: Bromley Council

How the development is expected to look. Picture: Bromley Council

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Residents have come together to fight against the proposed Churchill Quarter housing development in Ethelbert Close.

Bromley Civic Society and the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens have combined forces to galvanise opposition to the plans to demolish 40 homes and replace them with two rows of tower blocks, ranging from 10 to 15 storeys.

Residents of Ethelbert Close say they have been living with the prospect of this development for years, yet they are no nearer to knowing what’s going to happen to them.

Davina Misroch, who lives in the area, said: “We have received merely a couple of cursory standard letters from the council, with timetables and references to legislation on compulsory purchase.

“They need to be doing so much more. I and others living here have a genuine fear of being rendered homeless by this development.

“The council say we have been consulted but we have only been asked to comment on the colour of bricks or the height of buildings which gives no comfort to those of us whose homes are being swept away.”

The proposals are part of a wider area for development which includes the whole of the west side of the High Street down to the railway line at Bromley South.

Chairman of Bromley Civic Society Tony Banfield said: “It appears that our local conserved and valued environment is being sacrificed to the achievement of housing targets.

“The development has grown in size since we were first consulted and it is clearly far too large for the site.

“The council has given a deadline for objection or comments as July 4 and people should meet the deadline if they can - but they shouldn’t be put off if they can’t.

“A decision is not expected until later in the summer so please make your voice heard loud and clear.”

A Bromley Council spokesman said: “We welcome all views from stakeholders which will be considered as part of the application process. Following receipt of the Countryside planning application, consultation is now under way as part of the normal planning process, and all responses will be considered in the determination of the application, along with relevant development plan policies and other material planning considerations.”

Mr Banfield would advise resident to write to the council, quoting the planning number 18/02181/FULL1 or they can email planning@bromley.gov.uk.

Residents can include names and addresses of Bromley town centre ward councillors via the civic centre, or send emails to:

Cllr N. Dykes - nicky.dykes@bromley.gov.uk

Cllr W. Harmer- william.Harmer@bromley.gov.uk

Cllr M. Rutherford - michael.rutherford@bromley.gov.uk.

chair@bromleycivicsociety.org.uk.

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