Update – 22 August 2017
Details of the appeal against the refused application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1for the demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB now exist at the Planning InspectorateInterested party comments are due by 21 September 2017.

Update – 24 July 2017
The decision refusing the revised application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1for the demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB has been appealedThe following are available from the file:
Mr and Mrs Bloomer wish to appeal the decision to refuse planning permission on the following grounds:
  • The only reason given for refusal, “by reason of its excessive massing and design would constitute an overbearing and dominant form of development, failing to either preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and would be detrimental to the amenities that neighbouring properties could reasonably expect to be able to continue to enjoy” is not explained in any detail by the refusal notice and neither was it explained or properly discussed by the committee.

  • It is the Appellants’ contention that, through the evolution of the earlier parts of the planning process the design, massing and appearance of the proposed new home, were objectively and satisfactorily resolved with the professional planning officers of the Council. This, together with the detailed report of the planning officers, its reference to the policies of the Council and the London Plan, the relevant SPD [Supplementary Planning Document] for the DHCA [Downs Hill Conservation Area] and other recently permitted developments in the immediate vicinity of the site all point to a logical acceptance of the application. Details are set out in the full Statement of Case.
Update – 15 June 2017
The revised application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1for the partial demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB has been refused.

The proposed development by reason of its excessive massing and design would constitute an overbearing and dominant form of development, failing to either preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and would be detrimental to the amenities that neighbouring properties could reasonably expect to be able to continue to enjoy contrary to Policies BE1 and BE11 of the Unitary Development Plan, adopted SPG1 and SPG2, Policies 3.5, 7.4 and 7.8 of the London Plan, the London Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The decision is available.

Update – 5 June 2017
The application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1for the partial demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB, will be considered by Bromley Council's Plans Sub-Committee No. 1 on Tuesday 13 June 2017 (not on a traditional Thursday) at 7 p.m. The recommendation is for permission to be given, but the planning committee is often quite willing to ignore the advice, so don’t give up hope! We would strongly recommend that anyone affected should register to speak in objection asap, and also enlist a ward councillor to speak at the meeting.

See the discussion document dated 3 June 2017.

Update – 28 April 2017


Revised redevelopment seen from the rear


The application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1for the partial demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB, appears to have been substantially revised. See the Design & Access Statement revised 7 April 2017 and Heritage Statement dated 4 April 2017.

The revised proposal is no longer based on the existing foundations, and is no longer a partial demolition but a complete demolition. As a result the applicants believe they are able to respond better to the request made in the pre-application response letter, and have now drawn the redesigned building in still further at the sides and reduced the overall width compared with the existing building.

A schedule of revised application documents is available from the Bromley planning site. The following documents are new:
  • Existing house drawing 2717 revision 1 – showing the existing building on site
  • Proposed redevelopment drawing 2718 revision 4 – showing the revised proposal
  • Context elevation drawing 2719 revision 1 – showing the revised proposal in relation to its neighbours
  • Outline overlay drawing 2720 revision 1 – showing the revised proposal in relation to the existing building
  • Block plan proposed revision 4
  • Summer daylight study
  • Revised Design and Access Statement v1
  • Revised Heritage Statement
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) form revision 1
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) exemption form revision 1
The following documents are retained:
  • Tree survey drawing 2721-0
  • OS map
  • Written pre-application response
  • Application form
The neighbour consultation expiry date is Friday 5 May 2017.

24 Downs Hill, Beckenham – 23 March 2017


Rear view of the existing house

An application, ref. No. 17/00812/FULL1, has been made for the partial demolition of the host dwelling and erection of a new detached house at 24 Downs Hill, Beckenham BR3 5HB.

As can be seen in the Design & Access Statement, William and Nicola Bloomer bought the property in late autumn 2016 with the express intention of remodelling it as a permanent home for their own young family. The proposed design, they believe, will be an improvement to the current bland appearance of the existing house which, or so it has been said, fails to make any significant contribution to the conservation area.

The proposed remodelled house will be built reusing much of the existing property. In order to reconstruct the building, it will be necessary to demolish the garage on the south side of the existing building, the storage area on the north side, the bay to the rear, the roof and chimneys, and most of the internal walls. The first-floor deck will also be removed. The external walls and foundations are to be retained and incorporated into the new building.


Proposed redevelopment seen from the rear

Pre-application advice was sought, though the original proposal is not publicly available. However, the pre-application response letter says:

In my informal opinion an application along these lines would be unlikely to be acceptable and it is likely that planning permission would be refused.

Without prejudice I am concerned that the proposal would constitute an overdevelopment of the site, with limited side space in context with the height and design of the proposed replacement dwelling. I am also concerned that the proposal would have inadequate regard to the prevailing character, scale, materials and form of development in the conservation area, and would dominate rather than complement the street scene. The impact of the proposal on the residential amenities of neighbouring dwellings would be carefully considered in the determination of a formal application. The Council would have regard to the existing development on the site and the relationship between the proposed development and neighbouring properties, including the terrace and basement, taking into account daylight, sunlight, privacy and outlook.

The following documents are available from the Bromley planning site:
  • Acknowledgement Letter
  • Proposed Block Plan 
  • How the Fee was Calculated
  • Design & Access Statement
  • Proposed Drawings
  • The Location Plan
  • Tree Survey
  • Application Form – without personal data
  • Copy of Pre-App Response Letter
  • Proposed Drawings
  • Elevations
  • Existing Drawings & Demolitions
  • A Summary of the Attachments in the Proposal
  • Location Plan
The standard consultation expiry date is Wednesday 12 April 2017.