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TV star backs bid to halt construction of unwanted eyesore’

PUBLISHED: 09:47 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

Bromley
15-04-08
Bromley & Sheppards Colleges, London Rd, Bromley
Actor Graham Cole signs petition against building development
l/r, Graham Cole, Carol & Andrew Sangster

Bromley 15-04-08 Bromley & Sheppards Colleges, London Rd, Bromley Actor Graham Cole signs petition against building development l/r, Graham Cole, Carol & Andrew Sangster

A SOAP star has thrown his weight behind a campaign to stop a six-storey building being erected next to 18th century cottages. Graham Cole, who plays PC Tony Stamp in ITV1 s The Bill, signed a petition objecting to plans by Broomleigh Housing to build an

Bromley
15-04-08
Bromley & Sheppards Colleges, London Rd, Bromley
Actor Graham Cole signs petition against building development
l/r, Graham Cole, Carol & Andrew Sangster

A SOAP star has thrown his weight behind a campaign to stop a six-storey building being erected next to 18th century cottages.

Graham Cole, who plays PC Tony Stamp in ITV1's The Bill, signed a petition objecting to plans by Broomleigh Housing to build an £18 million development next to Grade II listed buildings.

The housing association have applied to build the 'Foyer' development in 0.31 hectares of land consisting of 98 units of social and private housing in Tweedy Road, Bromley, as reported in the Times.

However, residents at neighbouring Bromley and Sheppards Colleges in London Road claim one of the buildings, that would provide services for disadvantaged tenants aged 16 to 25, would swamp their homes.

Now residents claim that the weight of objections, which have included a petition with some 1,000 signatures, has forced applicants Broomleigh to review their application.

Treasurer Richard Lane OBE said: "We have attracted a fantastic level of support from the residents of Bromley who are justifiably incensed at the thought of these historic buildings and gardens, and the lives of the elderly people who reside there, being ruined by this proposed development.

"We do not object to the proposal in principle, but we certainly do to the closeness of the buildings to our own buildings, and the absurd height of them."

A decision on the application was due to be made last Tuesday, but has been put forward after Broomleigh Housing reviewed their plans.

A spokesman for Broomleigh Housing Association said: "We have submitted our plans to Bromley council's planning department and await a date from them as to when the planning committee will meet.

"Some changes have been made to the scheme as a result of consultation with residents and the community. These related to the building near to the junction with London Road and include landscaping and planters at the front of the building and new chimneys."

A spokesman for Bromley council said the application was not on the agenda of last Tuesday's meeting as the application had been revised.

He added: "Broomleigh revised their application last week and therefore we will be examining the revised plans.

"We will be continuing to consult with interested parties."

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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