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Residents respond to Beckenham Glaxo consultation

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Residents are keen to create a sports ground and facilities for young people on the former GlaxoSmithKline site in Beckenham, according to interim consultation results.

The 24-acre site, off South Eden Park Road, is estimated to be worth around £150million and developers want to transform it into housing, leisure and office facilities.

Project managers Altessen, a partnership of companies Essential Land and Altyon, have been consulting with residents on Facebook and by holding a community day in May, and have now released details on what comments were made.

They believe around 200 jobs could be created from the scheme.

Residents did not want large retail or industrial use of the site, preferring health and sports facilities instead. People also want housing which reflects the semi-rural character of the area.

However some residents are sceptical of the consultation process and claim the developers are “only interested in profits”.

Martin Trodd, of South Eden Park Road, said: “I went to one of the meetings and it all seemed like a done deal. It was a waste of time.

“They say they are doing it for the community but they really just want to find out how much they can get away with and how much profit they can make.

“There are problems of over-population, schooling, traffic and pollution. The lane where they are building it is a beautiful road which has already been smashed up with roundabouts and now it will have to be widened even more.”

An exhibition of the draft plans is due to go on show in autumn and Altyssen has just launched a website which provides more details on the scheme and the consultation.

Partner at Essential Land, Martin Bellinger, said: “We look forward to receiving more feedback and will hold a public exhibition in the autumn so the community can view the proposals they helped shape for the first time and provide their comments. We started the consultation in May and will not be submitting the planning application until early 2012 so there is plenty of time to take on board local views before finalising the proposals.”

The website can be found at www.langley-court.co.uk.


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