save our green spaces
Work started Wednesday November 27th 2013.
The chairman of the planning committee recommended the building of a housing estate on “Urban Open Space” contrary to his own declaration:
Councillor Peter Dean, chairman of the council’s development control committee, said “We will be looking at the proposals in detail which will allow for a more considered response. Clearly, making a process more efficient is welcome and at the same time, we need to be careful not to override local opinion”. “We are not against development as long as it is appropriate, but our views on Green Belt development remain clear. We will not accept it and our opposition will not waiver one bit. We know that residents share these views which are right and will ultimately protect our landscape for future generations”.
(Extract from Bromley Times dated July 28th 2011) by Kate Nelson.
The “Copers Cope Area Resident’s Association”, a non elected self appointed representative of residents (with only a few members), recommended the development contrary to the wishes of the local residents and with no regards for the protection of urban green spaces.
Andrew Braddon, behind several companies registered in tax heavens and owner of the land, will not pay much taxes on land bought cheap (supposedly for sport activities only) and sold at a much inflated price.
Jamie Clifford, CEO of Kent Cricket allowed cricket to be used to justify building on green land despite the fact that no first class cricket can be played at Beckenham (Kent Cricket is near the bottom of second division). The lack of a first class team is obvious to all. Perhaps the huge borrowings of the club, its near bankruptcy and windfall for the developer are other factors.
The Gym and Conference Centre: “In addition, negotiations continue with regard to two other buildings – a health and leisure facility and a conference centre. It is hoped that these developments will also happen in the near future”.
These buildings were supposed to provide Kent Cricket with steady revenue in order to pay for the running of the ground. Without that revenue source, the whole project will be run again at a loss. At the last meeting, when Jamie Clifford was asked to provide a business plan he was not able to do so and admitted that there was no plan.
Lies….Bullying…Tax Evasion…Big Money….everything is normal then!
Application for Outline Planning Permission from Leander and Kent Cricket.
G = Residential (48 houses) to be built on Metropolitan Open Land (some are 3 storey). With a total of 202 bedrooms +.
B = Indoor Cricket Training Centre from 1700 sqm (18256 sqf) + 1st floor to 1953 sqm (21021 sqf) + 1st floor.
C = Health and Fitness Centre from 1050 sqm (11276 sqf) + 1st floor to 1397 sqm (15037 sqf) + 1st floor.
D = Conference Centre from 800 sqm (8591 sqf) + 1st floor to 850 sqm (9150 sqf) + 1st floor.
E = Permanent Spectator Stand for 2048 spectators.
Parking spaces= from about 138 to 94 a lost of 31.8%
The layout of the housing estate is completely new:
Plan again revised (2 storey houses overlooking Ashfield Close).
All dimensions are approximate (the architect did not supply the exact dimensions).
www.bromley.gov.uk//planningaccess (click for the link) using the references above (1 at a time).
up to October 16th 2013.