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Residents give views on former GlaxoSmithKline site

Mon 20 June 2011, 4:28 pm

Bromley residents want to see high quality family housing, a village shop plus new community facilities on the former GlaxoSmithKline site in Beckenham.

Around 100 attendees gave their views to the site’s developer, Altessen, during a community planning day last month.

The event was attended local residents, Langley Waterside and Langley Park Residents’ Associations, local councillors and MP for Beckenham Bob Stewart.

Martin Bellinger, Partner at consultant Essential Land, which manages the site, said: “We are delighted by the turnout and feedback from the community.

The Government’s shift towards Localism and the Big Society means that we have sought an innovative approach to planning, allowing people to participate in making new places within their neighbourhood.”

He said that participants favoured low density residential uses and green spaces with many supporting leisure and community uses. 

Suggested leisure and community uses included a park with a sports pitch, a care home for the elderly, a village shop and a country club, comprising a spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and club house serving food and drinks. 

Altessen will now meet with London Borough of Bromley planning officers to discuss the feedback.

Following a suggestion made at the Community Planning Day, Altessen will be working with local stakeholders to form a steering group which it intends to work with during the remainder of the consultation. 

Altessen said it hopes to hold another public event in September, likely to be a public exhibition displaying more formal plans for the site, plus drawings and a model of the proposed development. 

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted in early 2012 with a decision in mid 2012.

The developers have set up a RegenerateLangleyCourt Facebook page and Twitter account.

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