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Momentum gathers for 384-home Churchill Quarter development in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 11:04 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 30 October 2017

The Churchill Gardens development has changed its name to Churchill Quarter

The Churchill Gardens development has changed its name to Churchill Quarter

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Developers have changed the name of proposals

Changes are being made to plans for a 384-home development amid fears it could damage the character of Bromley town centre.

Now known as Churchill Quarter proposal, developers have changed the name from Churchill Gardens and Site G before that, after what they described as a “misunderstanding” among locals.

More than 500 people turned out to a consultation in July where they raised concerns the development, which may feature up to eight apartment blocks, could threaten the neighbouring Church House Gardens.

Following pressure from campaigners, the council removed a notice of intent to dispose of the open space in August.

A spokesperson from the council added last week: “The plans have evolved in direct response to comments received from local residents, with the layout and scale of proposals revised to enhance the relationship with the public open space.”

With its latest plans set to be unveiled at a second consultation in November, Countryside has now finalised a development agreement with Bromley council.

The deal brings the partnership a step closer to breaking ground, but a planning application is still yet to be submitted.

Andy Fancy, managing director at Countryside Partnerships South, commented: “The completion of the development agreement marks another key milestone in the process.

“During the initial consultation, it was highlighted that the name of the scheme had created some misunderstanding locally, particularly in relation to Church House Gardens. Taking this into consideration, we have decided to take this opportunity to revise the name of the scheme to Churchill Quarter.

“We are planning to hold further public consultation events in November to showcase how the plans have developed in response to residents’ feedback - keeping the community updated is crucial to the development’s success.

Councillor Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation, commented: “This is a key site in the heart of Bromley’s town centre which will deliver much needed housing, community and commercial space, as well as opening up access to and protecting this beautiful park. These are all important aspects of this important proposal as well as high quality architecture.

“I would encourage residents to respond to the next phase of consultation as the scheme moves forward to an ultimately successful outcome.”

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