Update – 13 May 2018

Approved Application Ref: 16/00367/FULL6

Current Application for additional swimming pool and outbuildings

An application, ref. No. 18/01766/FULL6, has been made for the erection of a swimming pool/gym and 3 outbuildings (comprising storage container, storage shed and greenhouse) in the rear garden of 46 Ravensbourne Avenue (amendment to previous application 16/04706/FULL6) at 46 Ravensbourne Avenue, Bromley BR2 0BP.

This application is being made in order to regularise the original approved drawings in terms of the height of the swimming pool and garage buildings. In addition a few “minor changes” have been included, as follows:

  • Garage Building: Minor amendments to size and location of windows within office.
  • Swimming Pool Building: Minor amendments to size and location of windows facing the garden.
  • The proposed roof lights have increased in height from 3 m to 3.35 m from ground level due to the manufacturer's technical details and requirements.
  • Boundary Treatment: The timber fencing along the SW boundary is to be replaced and additional screen planting has been introduced behind the swimming pool building.

The following documents are available from the planning file:

  • Supporting Document – flood risk    
  • Proposed swimming pool (as approved)       
  • Location and block plan         
  • Swimming pool elevations (as approved)      
  • Proposed outbuildings (as approved)             
  • Comparison plan      
  • Swimming pool plans and elevations 2           
  • Garage plan & elevations     
  • Covering letter          
  • Site location & block plan      
  • Application form - without personal data      
  • Swimming pool plan & elevations 1  
  • Site levels

The neighbour consultation expiry date is Thursday 24 May 2018. As can be seen from the comparison plan, the swimming pool/gym is a lot bigger than you would expect to see on a site such as this. Mr John Carter of 54 Ravensbourne Avenue has already objected to the application, saying:

The size of the construction already completed for this swimming pool/gymnasium is far larger than one would have imagined necessary for ordinary domestic use, and certainly far too large for the site.

Like the main building, it seems to have been planned on an almost industrial scale.

As someone who has lived here since long before the original house was constructed (on a site designated for "horticultural use" according to contemporary restrictive covenants), I cannot believe that buildings of this scale were what the council had in mind when permission to expand was granted.

Others, I am sure, will have drawn your attention to flood risk. I will however, mention past difficulties relating to the building's connection to the main sewer in Ravensbourne Avenue. Drains which run uphill are not the ideal solution.

46 Ravensbourne Avenue,Bromley BR2 0BP – 8 October 2009

An application to build a bungalow behind 46 Ravensbourne Avenue has been received; details can be found on the Bromley planning site under ref. 09/01517.

No 46 itself lies behind the original houses, approx. Nos. 48-66 of Ravensbourne Avenue. The new bungalow will itself be behind Nos 66 and 68 Ravensbourne Avenue.

An earlier application at this site was refused and none of the four reasons given for rejecting the initial application have been remedied in this application. In particular we would point out the following:

  1. there is a statutory requirement to consult the Environment Agency which appears not to have been done;
  2. there is an absence of a Flood Risk Assessment as required by Central Govt PPS 25 and Policy ER12 of the UDP;
  3. contrary to UDP policy BE1 and H7 the development would result in unacceptable piecemeal backland development; and
  4. contrary to PPSs 1 and 9 and UDP policies ER17 and NE2 would have adverse impact on the ecology of the Ravensbourne River corridor.