Planned Crayford flats look like 'cottages on steroids', says Bexley councillor Melvin Seymour

Planned Crayford flats look like 'cottages on steroids', says Bexley councillor

How the flats on Crayford Road will look.

Councillor Melvin Seymour opposed the plans.

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A BEXLEY councillor has described plans for a major new housing development in Crayford as looking like “cottages on steroids”.

Councillor Melvin Seymour objected to proposals to build 30 flats at 74 Crayford Road, including four and five-storey structures, a basement car park and courtyard.

Developers A and R Partnership got a unanimous thumbs-up from Bexley Council’s planning committee at a meeting on January 16.

But non-committee member and Crayford ward Councillor Seymour made clear his strong opposition to the development, featuring a four-storey block facing the road, before it was approved.

He said: “The flats look like cottages on steroids. Whatever way you dress it up the two storey Victorian houses opposite are going to be facing these four storeys which I believe is overdevelopment.

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Marc and Andrea Pearey. 

“It will impinge on the skyline. Young families in Crayford can’t get their children into Crayford schools which I think is very worrying.

“This doesn’t help our aspiration of forging community spirit and this is a development too far.”

Residents living opposite the site in Crayford Road, which is dotted with derelict former industrial buildings, are also unhappy the plans have been given the go ahead.

Great-grandmother-of-three Jessie Porritt, 77, says the traffic on the busy road will only be made worse once the development, with 34 spaces for cars, goes ahead.

The retired Crayford station kiosk worker said of the plans: “They’re ugly and they’ve got no character to them.

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The entrance to the site from Crayford Road. 

“You won’t see anyone here with their windows open at the front – it’s not just the noise of the traffic but the smell of it.”

Fulltime mother-of-four Katie Beeson, 28, added: “It’s going to be quite polluted and there are not enough facilities in Crayford to keep up with the amount of people that are going to be living here.”

Andrea and Marc Pearey run the B.J. Miles body shop next door to the where the new flats will go.

Mrs Pearey said: “We know something needs to go there as it is an eyesore but we think we are going to be massively overlooked by all the balconies and windows.”

A and R Partnership is hoping to begin construction in three to four months.

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4:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Womblingbarnacle says...

Oh stop moaning there needs to be more housing built. Britain hasn't built as little as last year since the 1870s.

It looks nothing like a cottage. A lot of the rubbish permitted by bexley previously did take the form of a house that was expanded to 4 times the size. Awful cheap rubbish they were.
Oh stop moaning there needs to be more housing built. Britain hasn't built as little as last year since the 1870s. It looks nothing like a cottage. A lot of the rubbish permitted by bexley previously did take the form of a house that was expanded to 4 times the size. Awful cheap rubbish they were. Womblingbarnacle
  • Score: -2

4:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Councillor Melvin Seymour opposed the plans.

Well until he see a brown envelope down the lodge.
Then it will be Melvin I Seymour Flats.
Councillor Melvin Seymour opposed the plans. Well until he see a brown envelope down the lodge. Then it will be Melvin I Seymour Flats. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -18

4:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bojimbo26 says...

I've seen worse . Block of flats by Sidcup Station painted gold on the outside . Ick .
I've seen worse . Block of flats by Sidcup Station painted gold on the outside . Ick . bojimbo26
  • Score: 4

6:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Joelo says...

Doesn't matter what you build or where it is some people will always object, simply because they have to moan about something!
Doesn't matter what you build or where it is some people will always object, simply because they have to moan about something! Joelo
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Joelo says...

Doesn't matter what you build or where it is people will always object. Most people are not happy unless they're moaning
Doesn't matter what you build or where it is people will always object. Most people are not happy unless they're moaning Joelo
  • Score: -2

9:18pm Thu 23 Jan 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I get the impression that the idea is to turn Crayford into "New Lewisham".

At least in The Sharm a few new trees have been planted, presumably to replace the giant weeds felled when the St Mildreds Road development finally began.
I get the impression that the idea is to turn Crayford into "New Lewisham". At least in The Sharm a few new trees have been planted, presumably to replace the giant weeds felled when the St Mildreds Road development finally began. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Fri 24 Jan 14

cookster says...

They look ok to me, and certainly don't match his description.
They look ok to me, and certainly don't match his description. cookster
  • Score: 3

1:38pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Wiff180 says...

Traffic in Crayford on a weekend is already an issue, queing to get into the retail park and blocking up Crayford Road - if these flats do go ahead they'll be right next to the railway line and adding garages to the basement isn't going to help the traffic problems.
Mr Seymour is one of the the few on that council who isn't in it for himself, I'd be very suspicious how many of that council planning team don't benefit in some way....
Traffic in Crayford on a weekend is already an issue, queing to get into the retail park and blocking up Crayford Road - if these flats do go ahead they'll be right next to the railway line and adding garages to the basement isn't going to help the traffic problems. Mr Seymour is one of the the few on that council who isn't in it for himself, I'd be very suspicious how many of that council planning team don't benefit in some way.... Wiff180
  • Score: 2

6:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14

childs447 says...

I tend to agree with the comment that Crayford facilities are alreadyy stretched more housing isn't the answer necessarily we should have better general facilities to manage existing residents.
I tend to agree with the comment that Crayford facilities are alreadyy stretched more housing isn't the answer necessarily we should have better general facilities to manage existing residents. childs447
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Fri 24 Jan 14

childs447 says...

Councillor Seymor is a Crayford resident after all and is entitled to his opinion. If the proposal went to I planning then it should have been discussed Andy arguments put forward constructively.
Councillor Seymor is a Crayford resident after all and is entitled to his opinion. If the proposal went to I planning then it should have been discussed Andy arguments put forward constructively. childs447
  • Score: 1

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