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Friends of Community G fear re-development of site G could cost them their homes

PUBLISHED: 13:19 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 19 April 2017

What Churchill Gardens will look like

What Churchill Gardens will look like

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The group is made up of the residents of Ethelbert Close which is situated on site G

The residents of Ethelbert Close, which is situated on site G, fear that the potential re-development of the site into Churchill Gardens will mean the destruction of their homes.

Last week, Bromley Borough Council announced it had found a tender, Countryside, who were now putting forth plans for approval.

The building contractors plans include 340 new homes, and a “range of bars and restaurants”.

But Friends of Community G - made up of site G residents - claim that if the plans are approved, they could be given a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

Founder of the group, Davina Misroch, said: “Our micro-community of Ethelbert Close is made up of the elderly, vulnerable, and disabled people.

“Some of us need to be in the town centre because it’s easy access to the hospital, and for many of the older people, they bought their property with the intention of dying here.

“To make us leave would be a real tragedy, we would be blown to pieces. We couldn’t recreate this community in a block of flats.”

“We’re not opposed to any re-development, we just want to be involved in the process and keep our homes.”

Richard Fagg, new business director of partnerships south at Countryside, said: “At Countryside Properties, we are delighted to be working together with the London Borough of Bromley to deliver widespread regeneration of Churchill Gardens in Bromley town centre.

“We understand that the Council has already contacted existing residents to outline processes and negotiations with the Council are continuing. We are, of course, fully committed as part of the planning process to full consultation and engagement with the local community.”

Peter Morgan, Bromley councillor for Environment said: “Site G has long been allocated for redevelopment as the Area Action Plan shows and there is the exciting potential to both improve the commercial viability of the town centre and construct housing in a high quality scheme, both of which are needed.

“The reason that local residents know about the Countryside proposal is because we have written to residents and are meeting with them to as part of our ongoing commitment to both consult and explain to residents what is happening as the process continues.”

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