Civic Centre site set to reduce in size
Published Friday, 18 September 2015
A proposal to reduce the size of the council’s Civic Centre site was approved on Thursday by the Executive.
The proposals would mean whilst the council would continue to occupy the Civic Centre site, some of the site could be sold for re-development. The remaining space would be better used, with on-going maintenance costs reduced by an estimated £800k per annum and potentially, a capital sum being generated when part of the site was sold.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “We will look for efficiency savings anywhere and everywhere we can, not just because this forms part of sound financial management but also because this protects our frontline services. As the council gets smaller in size, it simply doesn’t need as much accommodation and the unnecessary expense that is associated with this.
Councillor Carr added, “Public access to the park area is not affected and ultimately, a planning application will be required along with a partner to bring forward the right development. These proposals are still at an early stage but now we will look very carefully at bringing forward the business case which interested local people will be able to comment on in due course.”
The proposals will be guided by existing and emerging planning policies. The Civic Centre site is already identified in the existing Bromley town centre Area Action Plan (AAP). This shows the potential for sympathetic high quality residential development, with any final proposal requiring planning permission and high quality proposals for the Old Palace, a grade II listed building.
The option now being considered envisages that the council retains park land, including the lake, and multi-storey car park along with North Block and Stockwell Building, with a decision about the Old Palace which forms part of the former Bishop of Rochester’s palace, to be decided at a later date. It was agreed that as the Old Palace is a grade II listed building, there would be need for any proposal to treat this building particularly sympathetically.
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