The planning application, ref. No. 20/02159/FULL1, for the demolition of the existing garages and building of a new 4-bedroom dwelling house at 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD, has been permitted. The delegation report and decision are available.
Nearby owners/occupiers were notified of the application and representations were received, which can be summarised as follows:
- RSPB – Recommend a swift box
- Too large for the plot of land available. Almost no garden at the rear and sides.
- Space allocated for car and cycle port is unlikely to be adequate
- As there is no attic or garage the erection of a shed is likely in this limited space.
- May be a good investment for a development but will forget above the occupants and their children.
- Owners and occupants of Highland and Grasmere Road area all opposed to this rear garden development. This is the third attempt to push through a large development on this site.
- Two petitions sent in against development
- Concerns width of passage entrance by the side of the Doctors, potential fire hazard and door to the flats above the doctors surgery directly open onto the passage.
- Footprint of the garage does not warrant a 4 bedroom house. Limited space for a family house.
- Bank of earth running at the back of 16–22 Grasmere Road where the house is located and this could collapse.
- The two bedroom house was permitted query why the owners have now applied for a four bedroom house.
- Garages were demolished over a year ago so the proposal is confusing
- Site is in back gardens and is not the place for a 4 bedroom house.
- Will be within 3m of neighbouring property where there should be a back garden.
- Replaces garages which were very different to a 4 bed house. Question sense of approving site for use as garages originally but that bad decision should not be a reason to allow back gardens to be built on.
- Undesirable backyard development
- Views into other people's back gardens
- Concerns about stability of earth
- Site is paved so surface water runoff concerns.
- Increase in density and excessive noise pollution.
However, it is considered that this would be acceptable form of backland development in this previously developed land. It would not result in significant harm to the character or appearance of the locality, and the impact on neighbouring residential amenities is on balance acceptable.
The planning application, ref. No. 19/03134/CONDIT, in discharge of conditions in relation to the planning application, ref. 19/03134/FULL1, for the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD and the erection of a single two storey 3-bedroom house has been decided. The delegation report and decision are available.
The following conditions have been approved:
- Condition 5 – Slab Levels
- Condition 6 – Construction and Environmental Management Plan
- Condition 7 – Details of ownership and access
- Condition 9 – Storage of refuse
- Condition 10 – Materials
- Condition 13 – Car Parking Permits
The following condition has been refused:
- Condition 4 – Tree Survey
The details submitted are not acceptable to discharge the condition. The removal of the trees identified as T1 and T3 within the Treecraft Report contradicts the tree removal identified under planning ref: 19/03134/FULL and their removal is not considered necessary to implement the permission. They are protected by a TPO and their removal is not recommended on arboricultural grounds. Accordingly the proposal would be contrary to Policy 73 of the Bromley Local Plan (2019).
A new planning application, ref. No. 20/02159/FULL1, has been made for the demolition of the existing garages and building of a new 4-bedroom dwelling house at 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD.
See the design and access statement dated July 2019 [sic]. This appears to be identical to the design and access statement filed in connection with planning application, ref. No. 19/03134/FULL1, but certain pages have been inexplicably omitted.
An additional design statement has details of design and materials.
The standard consultation expiry date is Monday 27 July 2020.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 9 June 2020
A planning application, ref. No. 19/03134/AMD, dated 29 April 2020 purports to be a non material amendment to planning ref. 19/03134/FULL1 to allow changes to the facades, roof and internal layouts during the demolition of garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD and the erection of a single two storey 3-bedroom house. The delegation report and decision are now available.
Objections were raised in relation to the approved scheme, and these included concerns with overlooking. The proposal includes amendments to the windows including an enlargement to the upper floor windows on the front elevation and installation of frameless glazed boxes to the side, which used to be a zinc-clad bay arrangement. It also now would introduce a large two-storey frameless window to the rear elevation. This would include an area of opaque glazing at first-floor level to help prevent overlooking, but visually, the introduction of this large glazed window and wider amendments would be a very noticeable change to the approved development and could give rise to greater perceptions of overlooking. Therefore, allowing this amendment would deprive neighbours of additional consultation.
The Council considers that the changes proposed will result in a material change to the development. If the applicants wish to pursue these amendments, they will need to submit a new planning application for the whole development.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 4 March 2020
A planning application, ref. No. 19/03134/CONDIT, has been made in discharge of conditions in relation to planning application ref. 19/03134/FULL1:
- Cond 4 – Tree Survey Report
- Cond 5 – Details of Slab Levels
- Cond 6 – Construction and Environmental Management Plan
- Cond 7 – Details of Ownership of Access
- Cond 9 – Details for Storage of Refuse
- Cond 10 – Details of Materials
- Cond 13 – Details of No Resident’s Parking
for the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD and the erection of a single two storey 3-bedroom house.
The standard consultation expiry date is Monday 23 March 2020.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 3 November 2019
The new planning application, ref. No. 19/03134/FULL1, for the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD and the erection of a single two storey 3-bedroom house, has been permitted. The delegation report and decision are available (attached).
Nearby owners/occupiers were notified of the application and representations were received, which have been summarised as follows:
- Block out light which is already half blocked by trees
- Further overcrowding as the majority of the houses in Highland Road have been converted into flats.
- Increase in noise and vehicular pollution
However, it is considered that this would be acceptable form of backland development. It would result in the provision of one new dwelling which contributes to the London Borough of Bromley’s overall level of housing provision. The revised design and not too dissimilar to the extant permission and it would not result in significant harm to the character or appearance of the locality and the impact on neighbouring residential amenities is on balance acceptable.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 23 August 2019
The design and access statement is available. The changes sought in this proposal are aimed at turning the house into a highly energy efficient house achieving an EPC A rating.
The standard consultation expiry date is Friday 6 September 2019.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 8 January 2019
The new planning application, ref. No. 18/04241/FULL1, for the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD and the erection of a single 3 bedroom house has been permitted.
The applicants made a response on 9 November 2018 to the main points made in the letters of objection posted on the council’s website. In conclusion, they argue that the proposed house is modest in scale, and will have a minimal impact on neighbouring properties. It will make use of site which is currently disused and neglected, turning it into residential site dominated by greenery.
The decision is now available.
Update – 10 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 9 October 2018
Proposed development - 3D view
See the design and access statement. In this, the developers say:
Introduction – context
The site is located at the rear of No 10 Highland Road and is currently occupied with 9 redundant garages built in precast concrete panels.
The site has an area of 299m2. The footprint area of the existing garages is 112m2. The proposal is to build a single dwelling with a footprint of 81.50m2.
This proposal follows on from a previous planning application for 5 houses on this site and the adjoining rear garden of No 8 Highland Road (PA No DC/17/04981 refused on 14/01/2018).
The site is accessed through a private lane located between No 8 and No 10 Highland Road.
Highland Road is a fairly quiet street boarded with houses of various sizes and styles including some large early 20th century houses generally converted into flats. This is the case of No 10 which includes a surgery on the ground floor and flats above.
To the north side of the site there are clusters of 1960's or 1970's brick terraced houses; two to three-storey high, some with garages, accessible from Grasmere Road.
The site is fairly rundown with evidence of fly tipping at the edges of the site. The reasons for this, perhaps is that the site is in a cul-de-sac not accessed frequently and hidden from view.
- Planning permission ref. DC/06/00745/FULL 1 was given on 24/04/2006 for the demolition of existing dwelling and erection 3 storey block at 8 Highland Road with new parking area and use of existing garages at the rear of 10 Highland Road. This project was never implemented but was followed by planning applications for the conversion of No 8 to flats.
- Planning refusal ref. DC/17/04981 on 14/01/2018 for a project of 5 terrace houses with associated parking and refuse store.
This project is to build a detached; single storey house with loft accommodation. The existing garages will be removed and the proposed house will be built in a central position on the site with the main elevations facing south east and north west.
The house will include:
On the ground floor; an open plan dining/lounge and kitchen, shower room and hallway to be accessed from a covered porch.
The upper floor will house 3 loft style bedrooms under the roof.
The house will be built to high environmental standards, with a timber frame structure, cavity walls with outer facing brick and timber boarding on the side and front elevations.
The house will be built to meet the London Plan standards and will aim to meet part M of the building regulations and be adaptable for future use.
The gross internal floor area is 114m2 with 63.5m2 for the ground floor and 51 m2 for the upper floor
Scale of development, daylighting and privacy
Following concern expressed by occupants of neighbouring properties at Grasmere Road about potential daylighting obstruction and overshadowing of the previous scheme (ref. DC/17/04981), this proposal aims to address these concerns with this design which is for a small scale house, with eaves level at 3.5m. The house will be lower than the adjoining 1970's houses to the west.
The concern about privacy and overlooking will also be addressed by siting rear windows and doors only at ground floor level. Upper floor windows will be mainly facing south in the form of dormer windows. There will also be rooflights on the front and rear roof slopes. A dormer/bay window on the east elevation will have the side facing window obscured up to 1700 above floor level so as not to overlook the back garden of No 8 Highland Road.
These south facing windows will be away by at least 25m from the nearest windows at the rear of No 10 Highland Road flats.
The west flank wall of the proposed house will be facing the flank wall of No 14 Grasmere Road, which appears to have only an entrance door and a small window.
The house will be accessed from the lane through a gate and a paved area leading to a south facing entrance porch.
The standard consultation expiry date is Thursday 25 October 2018.
Update – 4 January 2018
The application, ref. No. 17/04981/FULL1, for a proposed development on the land of existing 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, with associated parking and refuse store at 8 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD, has been refused for the following reasons:
- The proposed development constitutes an undesirable form of backland development, out of character and scale with adjoining development, detrimental to the existing level of amenity which the occupants of neighbouring properties might reasonably expect to be able to continue to enjoy, whilst leading to an unacceptable loss of amenity space for the neighbouring property at No. 8 Highland Road.
- The proposal constitutes a cramped overdevelopment of the site, by way of building coverage, which if permitted would establish an undesirable pattern for similar backland development in the area, resulting in a retrograde lowering of the standards to which the area is at present developed.
- The development of this site with 5 terrace houses would be detrimental to the privacy, prospect and visual amenities of the occupiers of adjacent residential properties.
- In the absence of sufficient information to demonstrate that vehicles can manoeuvre safely and efficiently within the site layout and in and out of the site, the proposal would be prejudicial to the free flow of traffic conditions and general safety in the highway.
- The development would prejudice the retention and well-being of a number of trees which are protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
In response to the main points made in the letters of objection, YB Architects had said:
Daylighting / sunlighting obstruction
It was stated previously that the existing trees are the real daylighting obstruction to the houses at the northern end of the site.
Also, the proposed houses rear elevation is only 5.1m high, which is about 2.8m higher than the existing garages. The houses are also set back further from the northern boundary than the existing garages. So the daylighting / sunlighting obstruction will be minimal and within acceptable limits.
Privacy / overlooking
The proposed houses openings mainly south facing or face into the courtyards at the front. To the rear there are only windows and doors on the ground floor, and no windows on the upper floor north facing elevation, thus avoiding any overlooking of properties on Grasmere Road.
Traffic / Parking
The site, although currently disused, has 9 garages, which implies at least 9 cars. The proposal allows for only 6 car parking spaces and provides space for cycle parking. Refer to submitted transport report.
The access road and parking spaces will be paved with granite setts defining a semi-private space and encouraging low speed. Other traffic calming measures such as road humps could be added.
The disabled parking space will be enlarged to 3.6m.
Backland Development (policies BE1 and H7)
Only around 30% of the land at the rear of No 8 Highland Road is proposed to be built on; the remaining will be kept as a landscaped area and communal garden for the residents.
The proposed development is small scale and low density backland is currently unused and non-maintained.
The houses are proposed to built [sic] up to the boundaries, as this a small development. The end houses flank walls will still be at least 1.5m from existing adjoining houses flank walls.
The proposed tree removals are only for old drying trees, or trees with limited life. The submitted tree survey recommends impact mitigating measures to protect the existing trees during and after construction.
All hard landscaping including access road and parking spaces will be paved with permeable paving allowing water to be absorbed by the ground.
Risk of subsidence to neighbouring houses
This is a technical matter and will be addressed at design detailing stage. The initial structural engineers’ recommendations are to use piled foundations which would protect the tree roots as well as stabilize the ground.
Fire risk, fire engine access
In order to mitigate this aspect it is proposed to fit the houses with sprinklers.
Refer to submitted transport report.
Currently flats to No 10 place their bins (exposed separate small bins) along the lane. The proposal suggests grouping the refuse from these flats and the proposed development into a new closed and covered bin store. This bin store will be located on the new land (currently behind the fence) acquired from the side of No 10 Highland Road. This site will be within 18m from Highland Road which is the recommended maximum distance for bin location from the road.
Letter to neighbours
A letter describing the proposed project has been sent to neighbours, including the flats at No 10 Highland Road. This was done before the submission of the planning application.
8 Highland Road, Bromley BR1 4AD – 16 November 2017
Isometric view towards north west
The Design and Access Statement shows that the proposal is as follows:
- This project is to re-develop the site with the insertion of 5 two-storey terraced houses. The existing garages will be removed and the new houses built over the garages site and part of the rear garden of No 10 Highland Road – a site area of approximately 950 m2.
- The houses will be L shape with a front courtyard and rear garden. They each will have a green roof flat at the front and sloping to the rear.
- The houses will be organized with an open plan dining/lounge and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms and bathroom on the upper floor.
- The houses will be built to high environmental standards, with a timber frame structure, timber boarding on the façades at first floor level and brick walls at ground floor level.
- All new houses to be built to meet the London Plan and will aim to achieve Lifetime homes standards. The gross internal floor area of each house will be around 84 m2 with courtyard and rear garden with a total area varying between 35 and 50 m2.
Conclusions are stated as follows:
- This project makes use of a disused and neglected site, and aims to turn it into residential mews providing a quality living environment.
- The proposal is the result of careful consideration of the existing environment and neighbouring properties.
- The proposed houses are small scale but will provide comfortable accommodation with ample private garden and amenity space.