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Real estate giant's hotel plan ditched

PUBLISHED: 17:34 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

A PLANNING application for a controversial nine-storey hotel in a town centre was withdrawn before it went before a sub-committee. Developer Land Securities Trillium withdrew its application to demolish the former tax office in Westmoreland Road, Bromley

A PLANNING application for a controversial nine-storey hotel in a town centre was withdrawn before it went before a sub-committee.

Developer Land Securities Trillium withdrew its application to demolish the former tax office in Westmoreland Road, Bromley to build an 87-bedroom hotel, 87 flats, a retail unit and a car park before it came before the council sub-committee last Thursday.

Bromley council were set to reject the application for reasons that it would go against their Draft Bromley Town Centre Area Action Plan and would be out of character for the area. The company, previously chaired by City Minister Lord Paul Myner who has come under fire for giving the green light to an astonishing £16.9 million pension to former RBS chief Sir Fred 'the Shred' Goodwin, owns the site in Bromley South. On Tuesday, pressure on Lord Myner to step down from his post intensified after it emerged that he helped to set up a business in the tax haven of Bermuda.

The company, that last November appointed Alison Carnwath to take over the chair from Lord Myner, is one of the country's largest Real Estate Investment Trusts with a portfolio of property worth about £12 billion. Their development programme includes transforming city centres including Cardiff and Leeds and the regeneration of London sites.

However, the Bromley application received scores of objections including one from the Mayor of London for not complying with the London Plan as well as the Bromley Civic Society, Green Party, the Bromley Christian Centre and the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens.

Objector George Ralph, an architect from Bickley, said: "The development would have meant the 'Croydonisation' of Bromley.

"The scale of the building was just too big. There is a need for better planning in Bromley."

A spokesman for Land Securities said was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

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