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10 November 2018
The appeal against the refusal of the application to allow the driving test centre to remain at the temporary site at Bromley Court Hotel until 31 March 2019 has been allowed. See here.
2 November 2018
The report on Beckenham Place Park presented at the last Ravensbourne Valley Preservation Society meeting has been added to our website for members to down­load using this link.
28 October 2018
The agenda of the next Ravensbourne Valley Preservation Society meeting and minutes of the previous meeting have been added to our web­site for members to down­load using this link.
17 October 2018
A planning application  has been approved with details to discharge the conditions in relation to the application for the demolition of the house at 61 The Avenue, Beckenham and erection of six flats in 2 two-storey buildings. See here.
9 October 2018
Following the refusal of the application for five terrace houses to the rear of 10 Highland Road and on part of the rear garden of 8 Highland Road, a new planning application has been made for the demolition of garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, and the erection of a single 3 bedroom house – see here.
8 October 2018
The new application for the demolition of the building at 50 Ashgrove Road, Bromley and the construction of 2 two-bedroom maisonettes and 2 four-bedroom houses, together with associated landscaping and the provision of refuse stores, car parking and cycle spaces, has been granted.
 See this link.
22 September 2018
A further application has been permitted for a minor material amendment in connection with planning permission at Beckenham Place Park in order to allow changes including an additional 1 metre of depth to the lake design. See this link for details, includ­ing the flood alleviation scheme and Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to transform the park.
30 August 2018
Our annual roundup newsletter is available here for all to read.
23 August 2018
The planning application for the demolition of the existing house and erection of a three storey terrace of 5 dwellings at Trees, Coniston Road, Bromley has been refused. We commented that the development is unsympathetic to the street scene, and detrimental to the amenity of neighbouring property. Further comments relate to historical significance, trees, traffic and highways. See here.
16 August 2018
The public consultation on a draft masterplan to support the development of a large site in Bromley Town Centre has now been extended to 14 September 2018.

An application has also been made for the demolition of 1-40 Ethelbert Close, 2 Ethelbert Road, 102-108 High Street and miscellaneous buildings to the north of Ethelbert Close, and the redevelopment of the site, which the developers are now referring to as Churchill Quarter. See here for details.
14 August 2018
The refusal of the application for the change of use of ground and first floor from sports hall to residential, incorporating the existing residential unit in the roof space to form a single 4 bedroom dwelling, new vehicular access on to Bracken Hill Lane and associated replacement fencing at Flat 39, Blyth Wood Park, 20 Blyth Road, Bromley has been appealed. See here for details.
3 August 2018
The planning application for a single storey side extension at 2 Ullswater Close, Bromley has been permitted. See this link.
1 August 2018
The application for the erection of a swimming pool/gym and 3 outbuildings in the rear garden of 46 Ravensbourne Avenue, Bromley was due to be discussed by the planning committee on 26 July 2018. However, it was withdrawn from the agenda by the chief planner and was not considered at the meeting - see here.
27 July 2018
We have been unhappy about the state of the pavement outside Millwall FC Training Ground. We are pleased to say that Lewisham Council are now taking action (thanks to Councillor André Bourne) - see here.
11 July 2018
A representative of GTR confirmed today that the timetable will shortly be amended so that off-peak services on the Catford Loop to and from London will revert to two trains an hour. None of these will run north of Blackfriars. The number of City-bound services between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. continues to be cut from seven to fourYou may wish to consider travelling outside these times if you hope to get a seat. See here.
8 July 2018
The planning application for the erection of a 2-storey two-bedroom dwelling house on land adjacent to 9 Bracken Hill Lane, Bromley, close to Karen Court and Blyth Road, has been permittedSee here.
22 May 2018
At RVPS, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of all our members, visitors to this website and those we have dealings with. Thus we have added a privacy policy to our site - see here.
16 May 2018
Our latest newsletter has been added to our archive for members to down­load using this link.
17 March 2018
We have received answers to some further questions which we raised with Bromley council on the Crab Hill, Beckenham pay-by-mobile parking scheme in the vicinity of Ravensbourne station. For further information, click here.
8 March 2018
A decision has been issued on the application with details of conditions in relation to the planning application for the demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB. See here.
1 March 2018
The AGM tonight, 1st March is on but, due to travelling difficulties for the young musicians, the musical entertainment has been postponed.
24 February 2018
The Ravensbourne Valley Preservation Society AGM will be held on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Bromley Court Hotel. The String Ensemble from St Dunstan’s College will be entertaining us. See opposite
7 February 2018
The application for the construction of 3 two-bedroom dwellings (1 pair of semi-detached houses and 1 detached dwelling) at Oaklands Court, 6 Oaklands Road, Bromley has been refused. See here.
3 February 2018
We are sorry to announce the death of Bill Brown, husband of a long time RVPS member Barbara Brown. See opposite.
22 January 2018
We have been concerned about the state of the cycle path by the river Ravensbourne recently and have asked the London Borough of Lewisham to repair it. For details, see here.
13 January 2018
The appeal against the refusal of the outline application at 100 Madeira Avenue, Bromley has been allowed. Outline planning permission is granted for demolition of the existing property and the erection of 2 three-bedroom townhouses and 1 four-bedroom townhouse . See this link.
2 January 2018
Bromley Council have advised that they are proposing to introduce double yellow lines at the junction of Madeira Avenue and Highland Road. If residents or road users have any comments, please put them in writing by 17 January 2018. See this link.
24 December 2017
The resubmitted planning application for the construction of a single storey building on land at Ambleside, Bromley (rear of 13 Calmont Road) to provide a children’s crèche has been refused.  See here.
9 December 2017
We have been notified that the planning applications for Beckenham Place Mansion at Beckenham Place Park, relating to uses including artist studios, yoga/fitness centre, private hire space, business uses and an independent primary school, and to listed building consent, are unacceptable. See this link for details.
24 November 2017
The outcome of the hearing on the licensing application by Shortlands Golf Club to increase their hours of operation is available. Sale or supply of alcohol only up to midnight will be permitted on Friday and Saturday. See this link.
1 November 2017
The application for a single-storey rear extension and first floor extension, and subdivision of the property to form two 3-bedroom houses at 1 Ullswater Close. Bromley BR1 4JF has been permitted. See here for details.
25 October 2017
A decision for planning conditions has been issued on the application with details of conditions submitted in relation to the partial demolition of 81 Ravensbourne Avenue, Bromley, and the erection of a detached dwelling. See here for details.
15 September 2017
The playing field next to the river Ravensbourne (sometimes referred to as ‘Goan’ or ‘Times’) has been partially fenced. See here.
15 August 2017
Following our objection to Beckenham Place Park’s application for a premises licence, the licensing authority have refused this application. See this link for details.
13 August 2017
We are grateful to Roger Legg and Brian Atkinson for acting as road reps for many years. We have a vacancy for the Warren Avenue round. See opposite.
9 August 2017
The application to fell three pine trees in the front garden of 16 Crab Hill, Beckenham was refused on 27 March 2017. For this and other tree news, see this link.
August 2017
Following the pouring of sewage into Glassmill Pond in Bromley because a pipe was not connected, volunteers are needed for a pollution survey of river Ravensbourne. See here.
4 August 2017
The application for a two-storey side-and-roof extension and a single-storey rear extension at Oak Dene, Oaklands Road, Bromley has been permitted. See here.
25 July 2017
The Forestry Commission were at Beckenham Place Park at the beginning of this month, and have reported the presence of oak processionary moth. See here.
22 April 2017
Trees have been removed at Sunset Hill, Hillbrow Road, Bromley, We feel it particularly important that these should be replaced in order to soften the street scene – see here.
21 April 2017
Various conditions have been approved on the application with details of conditions submitted in relation to planning permission at 74 Madeira Avenue, Bromley. See here.
24 March 2017
A decision has been given on one of the conditions in relation to the application for outline permission relating to the demolition of 4 Oaklands Road, Bromley and erection of 11 flats. See here.
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2018 annual general meeting
The Ravensbourne Valley Preservation Society AGM, to which all members are invited, was held on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Bromley Court Hotel. 

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Dates for your diary
Future meetings are on the first Thursday, every other month, at 8 p.m. at the Bromley Court Hotel as follows:

Thursday 1 November 2018
Members’ meeting
Thursday 3 January 2019
Members’ meeting

Our annual roundup newsletter is available here. Other newsletters, including the Ravens­bourne Valley Preservation Society 25 year review, are available from our archive for members to down­load.

To those members who have not done so already and would be happy to receive future newsletters by e-mail, please send the following information to the address given in our
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How to join
You can join us here. For further background information about the Society see About Us.
We cover the area shown above, and in more detail here, whilst an Introduction to Planning Issues can be opened here.

Council news downloads
Latest news from the council can be found here or here.

Above: artist's impression of how the scheme won't look
Flood alleviation scheme in our area
There are interesting proposals for a new lake in Beckenham Place Park. See this link.
Our activities
We are publishing a selection of the letters we have written to local authorities to demonstrate the range of activities with which the society is involved. Generally, we receive replies but as we consider that we do not have permission to publish these, we have simply given details of the outcome of the correspondence.
Sunset on the Italian Villa, Elstree Hill
Sunset on the Italian Villa, Elstree Hill, 16 March 2014
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Bill Brown
We are sorry to announce the death of Bill Brown, husband of a long time RVPS member Barbara Brown. Bill died peacefully at his care home with both Carol, his daughter, and Barbara by his side on Monday 29 January 2018.

Bill had been suffering from Parkinson’s for some time and also became unwell with a chest infection and was unable to fight it all. 
As both Bill and Barbara spent so many happy years living in Downs Hill, it has been agreed that a cremation will take place at Beckenham Crematorium on Friday 23 February 2018 at 1.30 p.m. Please attend the cremation if you wish.
Road rep news
After many years of service, Roger Legg and Brian Atkinson have stepped down from their roles as the road reps. We are hugely grateful to them both for their contributions in delivering newsletters, collecting subscriptions and generally providing a link between the society and members. We are very pleased that Mick Pinson and Judy Adcock have volunteered to take over their respective rounds and their details can be found here.

Also we currently have a vacancy for the friendly and small Warren Avenue round – if you would like to support us by being the road rep for this road, please contact the Chair.
Ann Freiter
Please note that after many years, Ann Freiter has decided to give up her role as road rep for Ravensbourne Avenue (odd numbers). It goes without saying that we are enormously grateful for the dedication and commitment shown by Ann over such a long period and wish her well for the future.

Sharon Miles has agreed to take on the job.
Please remember!
If you see work being carried out on a protected tree please contact the Council immediately. If you learn of a developer wanting to develop a property please
let us know immediately.
Over 60?
Did you know about Age UK Bromley & Greenwich (formerly Age Concern)?

Privacy policy
At RVPS, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of all our members, visitors to this website and those we have dealings with. See our privacy policy.