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Jubilation as council throws out homes plan

PUBLISHED: 16:23 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:54 12 August 2010

JUBILANT campaigners are celebrating after a controversial plan for nearly 100 new homes on green belt land was blocked by councillors.

JUBILANT campaigners are celebrating after a controversial plan for nearly 100 new homes on green belt land was blocked by councillors.

A meeting of Bromley Council's planning sub-committee saw the application by London and Quadrant Housing (L & Q) turned down.

Councillors branded the bid for homes on Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, as an "insulting" application that is "completely inappropriate" for the area.

Residents and parents from Bromley High School, the independent girls school which borders the proposed site, packed into the chamber at Bromley Civic Centre in protest that the plans last Thursday.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Alexa Michael, vice-chairman of the committee said: "This is an insulting application. It is completely inappropriate and would be a cramped over development of the site."

Roger Tym and Partners, on behalf of L & Q proposed 72 new houses and 24 flats for the site, which borders the Jubilee Country Park and was used by the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.

Thirty-six per cent of the homes were to be designated affordable homes on the 3.3 hectare (8 acre) site that would involve 151 car parking spaces.

Jo Goddard, chairman of the Bromley High School Parents' Association, said: "We are delighted that the council decided to make this decision.

"The developer was very patronising at the meeting, telling the council that they didn't know what was needed in the borough and that we needed more family housing. The council was very anti the proposals."

Councillor Catherine Rideout, for Bickley, said: "I pointed out at the meeting that green belt land had been created to provide the area with green lungs. It is important that we conserve the green belt land that we have."

A spokesman for L & Q said: "We are currently reviewing our options in light of Thursday's decision and the comments we received.

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