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'It should never have happened' - Disposal notice for Church House Gardens withdrawn over 384-home Churchill Gardens development

PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 01 August 2017

What Churchill Gardens could look like

What Churchill Gardens could look like

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The Churchill Gardens area was formerly known as 'Site G'

Fears hundreds of new homes could threaten a popular park in Bromley town centre have been calmed by the council, but residents claim the scare “should never have happened”.

A consultation on the proposed Churchill Gardens or ‘Site G’ development, which could bring 384 homes across eight apartment blocks, revealed residents feared for Church House Gardens’ greenery, after the council previously declared a notice of intent to dispose of the open space as part of the development.

On Friday the council announced it had withdrawn its notice, removing any potential threat to the gardens, with the homes expected to be built within Ethelbert Close and the rear of the High Street.

Campaigner Tony Banfield said the withdrawal was a victory, but added: “They’ve done the right thing, but only because of public pressure, it was prematurely issued and should never have happened before a planning application had been put in.”

Countryside Properties is expecting 250 of the homes to be private, 81 affordable and 53 shared ownership, with the development also expected to bring a new town church and commercial space.

Operations director Andy Fancy from the company said: “In July we held an initial stage of consultation with a three-day event on Bromley High Street to understand the community’s views on the site and the emerging principles for a high-quality, residential-led development.

“The event was very well attended, with nearly 500 local residents coming along to meet our team and provide us with their views.

“Our design team is now taking the time to review all of the comments and feedback received to ensure that they can be taken into account as the plans evolve in the coming months. As part of this process, we are looking at the opportunity to deliver an increased amount of public open space.”

Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley council, added: “The proposed improvements to the town centre are to be welcomed as this scheme will also connect the town centre with the greenspace. We recognise the concerns expressed in the consultation about the impact on the park and we are confident that Countryside can now address this, which is why the notice is being withdrawn.”

Countryside is expected to run another consultation in the autumn, with more information available here.

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