Update On Planning Decisions In Beckenham

A number of decisions regarding planning applications in central and north-west Beckenham have been made recently, so we thought we would give you a quick update on those of that may be of interest.

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Copers Cope Road

Following the withdrawal of an application to demolish a 19th-century house at 56 Copers Cope Road and build ten flats across five stories in March 2015, a second application was refused in October 2015. This entailed constructing a four-storey building containing nine flats, but the scheme was refused on the grounds that it constituted cramped overdevelopment.

An outline planning application to demolish 56A and 56B Copers Cope Road and replace them with five three-storey, four-bedroom homes was also refused on the grounds that it constituted of overdevelopment. The applicant has appealed and a hearing will take place on March 22nd 2016.

Change of use

An application was refused in August to convert the old Ardec shop on Beckenham High Street to a restaurant. This was refused on the grounds that a restaurant would not comply with the primary shopping frontage scheme of the high street. An appeal has been submitted, but a date for the hearing has not yet been confirmed.

Beckenham saw a large number of applications to convert office premises - many fully-let - to residential use granted consent lover the last six months. Among these were Ironstone House, Marqueen House and Provident House on Burrell Row at the western end of Beckenham High Street, which were all granted permission to be converted into flats in December.

Do you agree with these decisions? What are your thoughts on the loss of office space in the area?

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