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Campaigners set for development verdict

PUBLISHED: 15:45 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

CAMPAIGNERS who oppose a developer s plans to build homes in back gardens are poised for a public inquiry verdict. A second inquiry into Buxton Homes plans to develop land between Kingswood Avenue and South Hill Road, in Shortlands, is due to end by Wed

CAMPAIGNERS who oppose a developer's plans to build homes in back gardens are poised for a public inquiry verdict.

A second inquiry into Buxton Homes' plans to develop land between Kingswood Avenue and South Hill Road, in Shortlands, is due to end by Wednesday.

Bromley council have thrown out the company's plans four times since August 2006, and an appeal against the council's decision failed last January.

The plans include demolishing number 42 Kingswood Avenue to allow an access route to the back garden site.

Residents have formed a campaign group against the plans called Kingswood Neighbours against Buxton (KNAB).

John Guttridge, chair of KNAB, said: "Residents are sick and tired of the pressure by developers to despoil pleasant areas with unwanted simply-for-profit schemes. The proposals amount to over development of the site and both the bulk and design of the proposed houses are out of scale and character with the area."

KNAB has more than 100 members who have clubbed together through fundraisers to raise £40,000 to employ planning and environmental specialists for research and advice.

A Bromley council spokesman said: "We believe that the proposals constitute cramped over development of the site and are an unsatisfactory form of 'backland development'.

"Furthermore, we believe that the proposed houses are out of character with the locality.

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