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Controversial home plans on show

PUBLISHED: 15:33 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 August 2010

PLANS for a housing scheme being built on greenbelt land are due to be made available to the public. Building extra care housing on the

PLANS for a housing scheme being built on greenbelt land are due to be made available to the public.

Building extra care housing on the Blue Circle sports ground site in Bromley Common began this month and from next Monday the designs for the scheme will be open to the public.

The site will include 60 purpose-built flats with accessibility for adult social care, which Bromley council claims will give residents a choice of services.

Hanover Housing, a specialist in care housing, will manage the scheme and Asprey Homes is designing the buildings, which are set to open in 2011.

Asprey Homes is also behind controversial plans to build 300 homes on 34 acres of land which sparked a two-year battle between the council and housing association.

However, Graham Arthur, executive councillor for adult and community services, praised the care housing scheme, adding: "This flagship scheme will be truly cutting edge. Research tells us older people want to live as independently as possible for as long as possible and extra care housing means people can have their own home with the reassurance that care and support is right on their doorstep."

Last year council leader Stephen Carr told the Times he was horrified that the government had overruled green belt land laws to give the go-ahead to the biggest property development in the borough.

He added: "Local opinions have once again been ignored and this will change the area forever. It gives lie to the government's claim that it believes in returning powers and democracy to elected councils.

"It is further proof of their determination to build inner London higher densities across Bromley's green open spaces.

"There is no doubt that this is a strategic site for the whole borough and once built upon, the damage to greenbelt is permanent. Now, we must focus and fight to protect the rest of our green belt."

But managing director of Asprey Homes, Philip Langford, told the Times that the scheme was needed to make up for a housing shortfall.

He said: "Last year Bromley only managed to achieve 50 per cent of their own targets for affordable homes."

The designs will be on display at the reception in Bromley council's Civic Centre in Stockwell Close until Monday, August 10.

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