Work to begin on 500 controversial homes

Buliding work will begin soon

Buliding work will begin soon

2010 AFP

Work on a controversial five-year greenbelt development is to begin this autumn.

Some 500 new homes will be built in Bromley Common over the coming months in one of the largest housing projects within the M25.

The Government overruled Bromley council’s opposition to the development two years ago because the Secretary of State said there was a serious lack of housing in the borough.

Residents voiced concerns about traffic and noise and feared more greenbelt land could be lost in the future.

Bromley Friends of the Earth secretary Ray Watson said: “We very much regret the loss of greenbelt and Metropolitan Open Land in what is a very crowded borough. This example and that of the loss of part of Crystal Palace Park shows just how much we need to keep watch on such developments.

“It’s a case of getting a balance. We are not opposed to every bit of development that comes along but we do oppose it on greenbelt and open land, which we think is an absolute necessity when you live in London.”

Asprey Homes, based in Petts Wood and owner of the site, the former Blue Circle sports ground, and Sundridge-based Ward Homes will build a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses.

Construction of the first phase of homes, set within a regency-style development, will begin this autumn. These will be released for sale in the new year and will be available for occupation in summer next year.

Managing director of Ward Homes, Nick Fenton, said: “The joint venture element of this project occupies 17 acres and is the largest scheme within the M25 we have been involved in for some years and signifies renewed confidence in the property market.”

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