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Neighbours victory in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 August 2018

Neighbours have emerged victorious as a controversial plan to demolish a cottage in Bromley has been thrown out. Picture: Marcus Oliver

Neighbours have emerged victorious as a controversial plan to demolish a cottage in Bromley has been thrown out. Picture: Marcus Oliver

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Neighbours have emerged victorious as a controversial plan to demolish a cottage in Bromley has been thrown out.

Residents of Consiston Road campaigned against proposals to bulldoze a “beautiful” cottage in place of townhouses.

Developer Richton Properties planned to demolish the building known as Trees and redevelop it into five terraced houses.

According to planning documents, the building had “no architectural merit”, although neighbours disagreed.

Concerns were raised over lack of privacy, impact on parking and infrastructure and on the loss of the historic cottage.

Richton Properties, included 10 car parking spaces in its proposals, along with three three-bed and two four-bedroom houses.

Dozens of objections were made as residents attempted to ‘save Trees’, and planning experts at the council have sided with neighbours in blocking the scheme.

According to the decision notice, planning officers said: “The proposed development would not provide an adequate layout of car parking on site and

would be liable to obstruct the public right of passage and prejudice the free flow of traffic and conditions of general safety along the adjacent highways.”

The site is covered by an historic tree preservation order, which was made by the council in the 60s.

Officers also said the development would result in the loss of specially protected trees at the front of the property, a centre-point in some residents initial objections.

One neighbour, Sheila Murray, said when objecting: “The character of the whole complex would thereby be destroyed and people’s enjoyment of this site, which has remained charmingly unchanged, would be spoiled.”

Developers had said the proposals would bring “much needed residential accommodation” to the area.

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