Plans for a mixed use development including a multi screen cinema were approved at the council’s Development Control Committee
The Cathedral Group plans, including a hotel, restaurants, residential accommodation and car parking, are subject to the completion of a legal agreement and a referral to the Mayor of London. The scheme, which includes public realm works and landscaping, supports the objectives set out in the council's much publicised Area Action Plan. It has been designed by award-winning architects and will act as a distinctive landmark at the entrance to the town centre.
"The Development Control Committee has reached a landmark decision in granting permission to this substantial application, which significantly improves the leisure offer in Bromley. It is a top quality scheme which not only will see the establishment of an iconic building at an important town centre gateway but is entirely in line with our Area Action Plan. Whilst accepting that there will be an impact on some local residences, the committee felt that this would be minimal as the applicants have worked hard to mitigate these concerns particularly in relation to parking. We are also conscious that careful management will be required throughout the construction period, but on balance we are delighted with the economic and architectural benefits that will be generated on behalf of all residents throughout Bromley as a result of the Development Control decision" said Councillor Peter Dean, Chairman of Development Control Committee.
The 1960's five storey public car park on the 0.96 ha (2.4 acres) application site will be demolished as part of the proposal, along with other existing buildings which include five small single storey retail units along the Westmoreland Road site frontage. The mixed use redevelopment will be set around a central landscaped podium mounted public plaza, with cinema and parking levels below. There will be restaurants, hotel and residential above, with a landscaped flight of steps leading to a lower plaza fronting Westmoreland Road .
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, "This is a hugely positive step forward and demonstrates the confidence that developers have in Bromley. We are optimistic about the future of our town centres and this is yet more evidence that we are progressing with our vision to Build a Better Bromley. Making sure that this vision becomes a physical reality is a challenge and inevitably, it does not happen overnight, but we are absolutely determined to keep bringing forward exciting new proposals to best position Bromley for the future."
Notes to editors:
- The proposal includes a 9 screen cinema, 200 residential units, restaurants/cafes at plaza level, 130 bedroom hotel, lower ground car park with 400 spaces, a new junction onto Westmoreland Road , a bus turning area in Simpson's Road, 300 secure cycle parking spaces and new civic space with street furniture.
- Also, as part of the plans, the culverted tributary of the River Ravensbourne will be diverted with a maintenance buffer retained.
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