Application to build on Metropolitan Open Land rejected again

Published Wednesday, 1 May 2019

An application to construct a four to eight storey residential development on Metropolitan Open Land was rejected last night.

The application to construct 151 residential units at the Footzie Social Club, Station Approach, Lower Sydenham was refused by the council’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday as the proposal was considered to constitute inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land and represented an overdevelopment of the site. The location was also deemed to be inappropriate for tall buildings. 

“There have been a number of previous applications relating to this site, all of which are similar in nature. This application is practically identical to the one the applicant is now appealing against. Bromley Council cannot and will not accept a proposal which proposes to concrete over precious Metropolitan Open Land, which is akin to Green Belt land.  We do not believe there are very special circumstances here, which is the only way that planning permission could ever be granted. We will, no doubt, expand on these principles at the forthcoming appeal following a previous rejection” said Councillor Alexa Michael, Chairman of Development Control Committee.

This is the fifth residential development proposal to be advanced for this site. This application comprised the building of 151 units, made up of 63 one bedroom, 80 two bedroom and 8 three bedroom flats. It also proposed the construction of an estate road and ancillary car and cycle parking and the landscaping of the east part of the 1.8 hectare (4.44 acres) site to form an open space accessible to the public.

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