Our Latest News

29 November 2020

A planning application purports to be a non-material amendment to the planning permission for the the demolition of the house and erection of 2 two-storey buildings, each comprising 3 two-bedroom flats, at 61 The Avenue, Beckenham. See here.

4 November 2020

The planning application in discharge of conditions in relation to the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road, Bromley and the erection of a single two storey 3-bedroom house has been decided. See here.

28 October 2020

The minutes of the last meeting and agenda for the next meeting of Ravensbourne Valley Residents on 5 November 2020 have been added to the Download page. This meeting will be held on-line using Zoom Meetings. See here.

16 October 2020

We publish our response to the consultation re the massive proposal  at 76A & B The Avenue

16 October 2020

Draft ideas for improving Ravensbourne Station have been given to us. See here. We are very keen to have feedback from members and station users by 27th October and we will discuss the options at our next zoom meeting on 5th November

14 October 2020

An appeal has been received on the planning application for the demolition of 26 Hillbrow Road, Bromley and construction of 3 one-bedroom, 1 two-bedroom and 1 three-bedroom self-contained flats, and 1 one-bedroom house. See here.

2 october 2020

Bromley Civic Society publish their last briefing on LBB's Consultation - this time about the Historic Environment


1 october 2020

Bromley Civic Society publish a further guide to the consultation here - this time about Green Infrastructure.

28 September 2020

Bromley Civic Society publish helpful guides regarding Bromley Town Centre Consultation to help make comments about 'The Future of Bromley Town Centre' and 'Development Opportunities'.

17 September 2020

Two further planning applications have been granted in connection with planning permission for the demolition of the building at 50 Ashgrove Road, Bromley and the construction of 2 two-bedroom maisonettes and 2 four-bedroom houses, together with associated landscaping and provision of refuse stores, car parking and cycle spaces.


4 September 2020

At a meeting last night RVR members approved our final response to the consultation on the proposed Shortlands Village Conservation Area. We approved 'Option B' with a request that the boundary be expanded. See here for details.

1 September 2020

We published our draft response to Theme 1 of the Bromley Town Centre Consultation


31 August 2020

Important news about Bromley Town Centre Consultation.

29 August 2020

The annual roundup newsletter of the Ravensbourne Valley Residents is now available for all to read. See here.

9 August 2020

We publish our draft response to the consultation regarding the proposed Shortlands Village Conservation Area. This is for members to consider and make suggestions prior to adopting a formal response to the consultation at our meeting on 3 September.

21 July 2020

The new planning application for a part one/two storey rear extension, loft conversion with side and flank dormers and a raised front gable with elevational changes purports to be a revision of a previously approved application at Hillary Mount, Crab Hill, Beckenham has been permitted. See here.

19 July 2020

The new planning application for the construction of 2 three-bedroom two-storey dwellings with accommodation in roofspace, cycle parking, refuse storage and landscaping, including re-configuration of car parking layout associated with Oaklands Court, at Oaklands Court, 6 Oaklands Road, Bromley has been permitted. See here.

19 July 2020

We have submitted our response to Bromley's Air Quality Consultation (ends 27 July)


14 July 2020

Today we are publishing our (early) draft response to Bromley's Air Quality consultation. We would welcome comments from our members. Details of the consultation can be found here.

7 July 2020

Upward Extension Permitted Development
We are very concerned that the Government has introduced the right for the owners of most flats to increase the height of the flats by two storeys under a process called Upwards Extension Permitted Development. Details of this can be found here

We have written both to Bromley's Development Control Committee and to Local Councillors to express our concern and seeking Article 4 Directions which can mitigate some of these possible Permitted Developments.

4 July 2020

The new planning application for the demolition of the existing dwelling and detached garage and erection of a three-storey terrace of four dwellings (comprising two 3-bedroom and two 4-bedroom houses) with associated car parking, landscaping, cycle and refuse storage at Trees, Coniston Road, Bromley has been permitted. See here.

10 June 2020

Revised plans amending windows to the rear and providing windows to the side have been received on the planning application for the construction of 2 three-bedroom two-storey dwellings with accommodation in roofspace, including re-configuration of the car parking layout, at Oaklands Court, 6 Oaklands Road, Bromley, . The neighbour consultation expiry date is Friday 19 June 2020. See here.

7 June 2020

An application submitted in compliance with a condition relating to the Construction Management Plan (landscape) in the proposed regeneration of the part of Beckenham Place Park west of the rail line has been granted. See here.

7 May 2020

The planning application for the demolition of the existing chalet house and construction of a pair of two-storey semi-detached 4 bedroom houses with additional lower ground floor at The Chalet, Kirkstone Way, Bromley has been refused. See here.

17 april 2020

The latest newsletter of the Ravensbourne Valley Residents is now available for members to download. See here.

9 April 2020

LBB Easter Newsletter available here.

4 April 2020

The draft minutes for the annual general meeting (AGM) of Ravensbourne Valley Residents on 5 March 2020 have been added to the Download page. See here.

28 March 2020

Lewisham Council is consulting residents on the future development of the eastern side of Beckenham Place Park (the Common and Summerhouse Fields). Please complete the online survey by 26 April 2020. See here.

A Bachelor of Science project sponsored by Lewisham Council was accepted in April 2018 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a private research university in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, on the Regeneration of Beckenham Place Park. See here.

15 March 2020

All those over 70 years old or with underlying health issues may very soon be asked to self-isolate for a significant period and all these people, our neighbours, and others self-isolating will need help. At RVR, we are beginning to organise help for those who need it. See here.

2 March 2020

The planning application for listed building consent for the removal of an external door on the south-eastern elevation and external repairs, together with internal alterations, at Southend Lodge, Beckenham Hill Road, Bromley, has been granted. See here.

1 March 2020

The planning application for the demolition of the detached garage and erection of a three-storey side extension and subdivision of the plot to form a new 3-bedroom family dwelling with associated parking at 17 Ullswater Close, Bromley has been refused. See here.

12 February 2020

We are delighted to announce that the appeal for this unwelcome development of land at the rear of 48 Farnaby Road, Bromley (click link) has been dismissed, helping to safeguard the very attractive views in Madeira Avenue.

21 December 2019

The latest newsletter of the Ravensbourne Valley Residents is now available for members to download. See here.

25 November 2019

Now that the website for Ravensbourne Valley Residents has changed to ravensbournevalley.org, we have changed the Twitter name from @RVPSBromley to @RVResidents (the longest reasonable name permitted), to reflect the new name of our society.

16 November 2019

Bromley Civic Society are proposing, with support from Bromley Town ward councillors to create a Shortlands Conservation area which will help protect valuable buildings and green spaces from inappropriate development. RVR has already expressed support for the concept and will discuss the issue again in January 2020. See green area below (the purple area is already in another conservation area).

16 November 2019

The Shortlands Residents Association has a new website www.Shortlandsra.org.uk

16 November 2019

The Boundary Commission have released the final proposal for changing ward boundaries subject to consultation:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/greater-london/bromley

which ends 17 February 2020. Most of our members would move into Shortlands Ward, with some staying in each of Bromley Town, newly named Beckenham Town and Copers Cope, and Lewisham's Downham. Please follow the above link to register your comments.

October 31, 2019

The minutes of the last meeting of Ravensbourne Valley Residents and agenda for the meeting on 7 November 2019 have been added to the Download page.

October 16, 2019

The planning application for alteration to the boundary fence at 2 Ullswater Close, Bromley has been permitted.

October 14, 2019

Details have been approved in respect of planning conditions 6 (External materials and finishes) and 7 (Cycle stora…

October 13, 2019

The planning application for the demolition of a detached garage, erection of a three-storey side extension and sub…

October 08, 2019

A planning application has details relating to the "Bio-diversity Living Roof" condition in connection with the dem…

October 05, 2019

Lewisham Borough Council has made orders under the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce…

September 20, 2019

The refused planning application, for the erection of a detached two bedroom dwelling facing Madeira Avenue on land…

September 19, 2019

A planning application has been made for a part one/two storey rear extension, side and flank dormers together with…

August 30, 2019

The minutes of the meeting of Ravensbourne Valley Residents on 4 July 2019 and agenda for the meeting on 5 September…


August 24, 2019

Planning permission comprises an amendment to wording of Condition 22 of permission at the Bromley Court Hotel to a…

August 23, 2019

A new planning application has been made for the demolition of existing garages to the rear of 10 Highland Road and…

August 22, 2019

A planning application has been made for alteration to the boundary fence at 2 Ullswater Close, Bromley. The standa…


August 07, 2019

The planning application for the construction of a first floor extension and the conversion of the existing 3-bedro…

August 04, 2019

The homestead and ornamental garden which Lewisham Council have recently restored following fire are looking beautiful…

August 04, 2019

The new swimming lake which Lewisham Council have given us in Beckenham Place Park is a beautiful enhancement to th…

August 04, 2019

The landscaped grass mound that Lewisham Council have given us in Beckenham Place Park is taking shape nicely.

JulY 31, 2019

A planning application has been submitted for the construction of a new-build family dwelling situated on an infill…

JulY 29, 2019

The planning application with details submitted in respect of compliance with Condition (16) (travel plan) of the p…

JulY 29, 2019

The planning application in compliance with Conditions 5(a) (contamination), 7 (cycling), 18(a) (parking/access/tra…

JulY 29, 2019

The application with details in compliance with Condition 3(a) (archaeology) and Condition 4 (construction manageme…

JulY 14, 2019

Considering it hasn't opened yet, surprisingly good used was being made of the new swimming lake at Beckenham Place…

JunE 20, 2019

One of our members has spotted a huge development (312 apartments) being proposed for the playing field next to the…

Memorial to Paul Bennett

On 11 November 2009, nearly 30 people met in Beckenham Place Park to commemorate the life of Paul Bennett, the founder of our society, who died a year previously. Information about the origins of the society can be found here, but in short they centred upon a cedar of Lebanon tree. As such, it was fitting that the ceremony consisted of planting a cedar of Lebanon, together with a plaque in Paul's memory. After a thoughtful speech by the society's Chairman, Mr Leslie Watmore, Paul's family and others planted the tree in the grounds of the park. The event is recorded below.