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‘Overdevelopment’ fears amid plans to build ninth flat on top of demolished Bickley house

PUBLISHED: 12:49 29 September 2017

Bromley Civic Centre

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Planning was approved on Thursday night

Objections to build a ninth flat on the demolished remains of a Bickley house fell on deaf ears on Thursday night, as the council’s planning board gave its approval.

Plans to demolish Durley Lodge and build an apartment block on its remains had previously been approved by Bromley’s planning committee on appeal.

After gaining permission, building work got underway for eight flats on the site in Bickley Park Road, but now developers wish to build one more.

Last night councillors approved plans to build an extra flat, so the building would offer five one-bedroom, three two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartments, halving its original number of three bedroom apartments to make way for two smaller flats.

To compensate for new residents, developers plan to install 10 car parking spaces on the existing home’s drive.

Once complete, the 2.5 storey apartment block is expected to be around 9.7metres high.

But neighbours are up in arms over its potential development, with one warning: “Building a ninth flat represents a 12.5 per cent increase in the number of households on the site, with inadequate space for car parking and clear overdevelopment of the site.”

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