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General guidelines

I.1 In considering areas for designation as Areas of Special Residential Character, the Council will have regard to the following criteria:

(i) there should be a sufficient number of properties to form an area of distinctive character. The area should be well established, readily identifiable and coherent;
(ii) the majority of properties should generally have the same readily identifiable characteristics (e.g. high spatial standards, similar materials, well-landscaped frontages);
(iii) the boundary should be easily defined and defensible; and
(iv) the areas defined should be primarily residential in character.

I.2 When considering applications for new development in Areas of Special Residential Character (ASRCs), the Council, as well as applying the general housing policies in Chapter 4 of the UDP, will pay particular regard to Policy H10 and the following development control guidelines for such areas:

(i) developments likely to erode the individual quality and character of the ASRCs will be resisted. Reference will be made to the description of areas given below for a determination of individual quality and character.
(ii) residential density shall accord with that existing in the area.
(iii) spatial standards of new development (plot width, garden depth and plot ratio) shall accord with the general pattern in the area.
(iv) the general height of existing buildings in the area shall not be exceeded.
(v) the space between a proposed two or more storey development and the side boundary of the site should accord with that prevailing in the area.
(vi) backland development will not be permitted.
(vii) new development will be required to take account of existing front and rear building lines.
(viii) existing mature trees and landscaping shall be retained wherever possible.
(ix) conversions, where appropriate, will only be acceptable where they do not alter the external appearance of the building.
(x) proposals, including conversions that are likely to significantly increase the proportion of hard surfacing in front of existing properties, will be resisted unless accompanied by satisfactory landscaping proposals.
(xi) materials shall match or complement those in adjoining existing developments.
(xii) areas of land indicated as Urban Open Space on the Proposals Map will not be developed for any purpose.

Descriptions of Areas of Special Residential Character

I.1 Park Langley:
The original Edwardian core of the Park Langley "garden suburb" is a Conservation Area. The remainder, built sporadically between the 1920's and 1950's, whilst not of the same exceptional standard, has the character of a garden estate given by the quality and appearance of the hedges, walls, fences, and front gardens. The area, which comprises almost exclusively large detached two storey family houses on generous plots, is bounded by Wickham Way to the west, by Barnfield Wood Road to the south, and by Hayes Lane to the north and east. It represents a coherent, continuous and easily identifiable area, which has maintained its character and unity intact.

I.2 Beckenham Place Park, Foxgrove Avenue & Foxgrove Road (part):
Beckenham Place Park is a private road with a mixed character and may be considered to fall into two parts:

(i) The western end, a pleasant residential area comprising some post-war as well as substantial inter-war detached family houses of no particular architectural merit, but in a good setting with the statutorily listed lodges to Beckenham Place Park at the entrance from Southend Road.
(ii) The eastern end, where one of the original large Victorian Houses, St. Margaret's, survives amongst dense tree planting, together with more modern developments.

The adjacent open spaces and fine street trees provide most of the area's character of remoteness. Trees within the grounds of St Margaret's, are covered by a Tree Preservation Order. Two other Victorian houses on the north side of the road are included within the Beckenham Place Park Conservation Area (designated August 1993).

In the case of Foxgrove Avenue and Foxgrove Road, the properties are in the main inter/post-war and present a less expansive impression than other parts of this area. The rear gardens are spacious and in most cases provide an important and attractive backdrop to the surrounding open space.

I.3 Petts Wood:
The original plans for Petts Wood date from the late 1920s and early 1930s. While the houses were built over a number of years, in a number of similar though varied styles, the road layout and plot sizes were established in an overall pattern. Today the layout remains largely intact. Within the overall area the Conservation Areas of the Chenies and Chislehurst Road already stand out.

I.4 Bickley:
This area stretches from the railway to the south of Bickley Park Road to Chislehurst Road in the north; from Pines Road in the west to Station Approach in the east. It includes the outlier of the enclave around Merlewood Drive. It excludes the 1960s redevelopment of what was formerly Bickley Hall and surrounds the Conservation Area in Woodlands Road. While some later development has taken place, the character of the area is essentially that of spacious inter-war residential development, with large houses in substantial plots adjacent to the Conservation Areas of Chislehurst and Bickley.

I.5 Bromley Common:
This is a pleasant residential area of established detached and primarily semi-detached properties adjacent to the Hollydale Recreation Ground. The area includes properties in Hollydale Drive, Rowan Walk, Lakeside Drive and Beverley Road and the Hollydale Recreation Ground, which is designated Urban Open Space. The area is a link between the residential areas closer to Bromley and the spaciousness of the Farnborough and Keston Park Conservation Areas.

I.6 Warren Wood Estate, Hayes:
This is a cohesive inter-war estate of detached and semi-detached properties on Holland Way, Sandiland Crescent and part of Westland Drive. The houses were built in a similar style by the same developer between 1929 and 1939. Details of the design and layout, such as windows, rooflines, materials and floor layouts were varied to give each property a distinctive character. The topography of the area affects the juxtaposition of some of the properties and also results in relatively small plot sizes. Few of the properties have been altered and, where they have, changes have usually been undertaken in the original style.

I.7 Sidney Road/Kendal Road, Beckenham:
The area comprises substantial early Edwardian, semi-detached houses, some of which have been converted into flats. The properties have considerable character, with features such as decorated facades, bargeboards, and iron balconies and columns typical of the period. The properties have small gardens fronting the street, with a number of trees in both public and private areas.

The style of the houses is essentially uniform and although some houses were destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, they have been replaced by dwellings which are reasonably sympathetic to the character of the original. Numbers 1 and 2 Sydney Road are slightly different in design from the others but both contribute to the road’s character. Number 1 is a more substantial dwelling, although it has many features in common with the other houses in the road. Number 2 incorporates an archway leading to a courtyard at the rear. Both individually and together, Sidney Road and Kendal Road have a pleasing unity of appearance.

I.8 Holmwood (Homewood) Cottages, Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom:
The properties are located on the eastern side of Rushmore Hill. The area encompasses a limited number of locally listed buildings which are of clapboard construction. They are attractive in appearance and form an area of distinctive character by virtue of the traditional materials used. While some changes have been made to the individual properties, they represent good examples of this form of construction, and the area is easily definable.

I.9 Orchard Road, Pratts Bottom:
The overall impression of this area is one of a pleasant, semi-rural residential area, with individually designed, detached properties in very generous plots. Deep verges, large mature trees and planting contribute greatly to the area’s attractive appearance. The area beyond the gardens of the properties is designated as Green Belt.

The houses are mainly inter-war and post-war, and, while varied in style, materials and construction, are all detached. The area has distinctive high spatial characteristics with properties set on large plots well back from the gravel road. The area is relatively small, encompassing only nine properties on the south side of Orchard Road. It is distinguishable from the nearby properties by the large plot sizes.


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