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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.
19 November 2017
A decision notice has been issued on a request for scoping opinion on Lewisham Council’s proposals for a flood alleviation scheme within the catchment of the river Ravensbourne, including a flood storage area at Beckenham Place Park. See this link for details, includ­ing the flood alleviation scheme and Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to transform the park.
16 November 2017
An application has been made for a development on the land of garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road and part of the rear garden of 8 Highland Road, including demolition of garages and erection of five terrace houses – see here.
3 November 2017
A new application has been made for the construction of a single storey building on land at Ambleside, Bromley (rear of 13 Calmont Road) to provide a children’s crèche. See here.
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.
31 October 2017
The minutes of our last meeting and agenda of our next meeting have been added to our web­site for members to down­load using this link.
30 October 2017
Details of the appeal against the refusal of the outline application for the demolition of 100 Madeira Avenue, Bromley and erection of three townhouses are now at the Planning Inspectorate. Interested party comments are due by 13 November 2017. See this link.
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.
14 October 2017
A revised drawing has been published on the planning application seeking retrospective consent for the change of use of the former leisure centre building to form part of a residential dwelling at Flat 39, Blyth Wood Park, 20 Blyth Road, Bromley BR1 3TN. The application includes the creation of a vehicular access on to Bracken Hill Lane. 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.
22 August 2017
Details of the appeal against the refused application for the demolition of 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham and erection of a new detached house now exist at the Planning Inspectorate. See here.
21 August 2017
Our annual roundup newsletter is available here for all to read.
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.
10 August 2017
An 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 has been refused. See this link.
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.
8 August 2017
The decision refusing permission for the planning application for the demolition of the house at 61 The Avenue, Beckenham and erection of six flats in 2 two-storey buildings is now available. See here.
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.
21 July 2017
The public consultation for Churchill Gardens (Opportunity Site G) is now open. See here for details.
12 July 2017
We are grateful to Ann Freiter for acting as road rep for Ravensbourne Avenue (odd numbers) for many years. See opposite.
6 July 2017
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has launched a consultation closing 27 July 2017 which sets out proposed changes to the timetable in 2018. Commuters using Shortlands will find the number of City-bound services between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. cut from seven to fourSee here.
10 June 2017
The reports presented at our AGM on 2 March 2017 have been added to our website for members to down­load using this link.
18 May 2017
We are hopeful that the longstanding mess of stones at the bottom of each of Hillbrow Road and Elstree Hill, Bromley, will be resolved - see here.
14 May 2017
We are very sorry to announce that Carol Davidson, our Road Rep for Warren Avenue and long standing resident of Elstree Hill, recently passed away. See opposite.
7 May 2017
Our latest newsletter has been added to our archive for members to down­load using this link.
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.
11 April 2017
The application for the change of use of part of the Bromley Court Hotel to a driving test centre for a temporary 12 month period has been permitted. 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.
6 March 2017
The application for the erection of 3 two-bedroom dwellings with undercroft parking on land at the rear of Oaklands Court, 6 Oaklands Road, Bromley has been withdrawn. See here.
2 March 2017
We have added a new page with some sound advice on how to avoid rogue traders and scams. See this link. We have included previous warnings from our existing pages relating to crime prevention and Neighbourhood Watch.
24 February 2017
At our AGM on Thursday 3 March 2016, we adopted the revised version of the new con­stitution which is available. See this link.
18 February 2017
Planning permission has been granted on the revised application for the demolition of the existing four-bedroom detached dwelling and redevelopment to provide 6 two-bedroom apartments and 1 bedsit at Upfield, Hillbrow Road, Bromley - see here.
15 February 2017
The applicants have won an appeal against the decision refusing the application for the demo­lition of a derelict shop to create eight new apartments at 2 River­park Gardens, Bromley. See here.
9 February 2017
The application to fell the very prominent tulip tree on the corner of Madeira Avenue and Bromley Avenue has been refused. For this and other tree news, see this link.
10 January 2017
Twelve RVPS tree friends met to cut back the bramble and ivy on Beckenham Place Park fence and to tidy up the triangle of common ground at the junction of Ravensbourne Avenue and Downs Hill. For this and other tree news, see this link.
11 October 2016
In September 2016 the Mayor of London presented a paper to their Board that summarised proposals on suburban rail services, including the transfer to TfL of various services. For further information, click here.
10 October 2016
The Crab Hill, Beckenham pay-by-mobile parking scheme is now in force in the vicinity of Ravensbourne station. For details, see here.
Working with the Community
Welcome to our website. We are a residents' society covering an area of 1500 house­holds of which nearly 500 are subscribing members. Our objective is to maintain and enhance the built en­viron­ment and to generally enhance the area for the benefit of residents.

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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.
Carol Davidson
We are very sorry to announce that Carol Davidson, our road rep for Warren Avenue and long standing resident of Elstree Hill, recently passed away. The following message was prepared by two of her close friends:

It is with great sadness that we tell you of our dear friend Carol Davidson who has passed away after a short illness.

She would always think of others and never saw any bad in anyone.

She will be sorely missed.

Heather and Ron
Report of the 2017 AGM
The outstanding feature of the AGM was a recital by a string ensemble from St Dunstan’s College, a co-educational school for nursery age to 18 year-olds based in Catford, who played the following programme:
  • Karl Jenkins – Palladio 
  • Fauré – Pavane (abridged)
  • Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement)
  • Leroy Anderson – Forgotten Dreams
  • Velázquez – Bésame Mucho
  • Richard Rodgers – Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music (selections)
  • Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor (first movement)
The youngest member of the eight-piece en­semble was just 12 (!) yet the performance was to an ex­tremely high standard and everyone felt genuinely privileged to have had the opportunity to hear them. There was a clear feeling that we should repeat this soon, and if you missed it first time round do watch out for a repeat.

We also heard from Rob Vale from Bromley’s Trading Standards Team. The key message here was to be vigilant of rogue traders trying to scam elderly, vulnerable or lonely members of our com­munity. If you should see anything unusual please contact the Trading Standards Rapid Response Team (24 hours) on 07903 852090.

We also conducted the society’s normal business, and this will be reported in the minutes in due course.

We were very grateful to the Bromley Court Hotel for the use of a magnificent room and it was pleasing to see the recent upgrades and im­prove­ments to the Hotel. The hotel hosts a number of other events that may be of interest to members.


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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 7 September 2017Members’ Meeting
Thursday 2 November 2017Members’ Meeting
Thursday 4 January 2018Members’ Meeting
Thursday 1 March 2018AGM
Thursday 3 May 2018Members’ Meeting
Thursday 5 July 2018Members’ Meeting

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.
Newsletters
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
 Download area (or via our Webmaster):
  • YOUR NAME
  • YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS
Planning Officer support
We are sorry to inform residents and members that, unless we are able to obtain further support from any volunteers to help us deal with planning applications, we will no longer be providing per­son­alised and specific advice to members. How­ever, we have made available self-help resources under the Planning tab, and RVPS will continue to formally object to planning applications as and when ap­pro­priate. If you would like to support us with planning, please contact the chairman.

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

61 The Avenue, Beckenham
Our thanks to Councillors Tickner and Mellor for supporting our successful campaign to oppose knocking down this property. See 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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