'Controversial' plans to see New Beckenham station car park double in size approved

Many residents opposed the application last year

Many residents opposed the application last year

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A ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ planning application for New Beckenham station car park to see over 60 new spaces has been approved, according to councillors.

Three ward councillors announced on their blog today that the proposal went through at a planning sub-committee meeting last night.

Kathy Bance, Peter Fookes and John Getgood, Labour members for Penge and Cator on Bromley Council, said online: “A controversial planning application for an additional 64 car parking spaces at New Beckenham station car park was approved last night.

“Peter Fookes was the only member to vote and record against the proposal.”

Last year the News Shopper reported local anger from residents when the plans were put forward, with fears of more cars in the area bringing increased noise and pollution.

In May 2013 it was said the site would see the site double in size and would expand into a former allotment to make way for the extra spots.

At the time, Bob Asquith, 74, of Kings Hall Road, whose garden backs onto the car park, said the development would be bad for the environment. 

He explained: "The development that is going on here will be detrimental to the whole area and a lot of us are very angry.

“All these fumes to the front and back of our houses. Lots more cars with all the noise and destruction that comes with them.”

Mr Asquith also said trees would be felled as part of the works, which would bring a greater risk of flooding in the area. 

Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones also questioned the plans, expressing disappointment at Bromley Council's intentions to concrete over a green space. 

Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment, said last year: "Whilst the council genuinely understands the reluctance of those local residents most directly affected by these proposals, the fact that the application has already been deferred on two separate occasions to ensure that the correct level of screening and distance from the nearest dwellings are achieved is surely testimony to the council’s determination to ensure a fair deal is struck for all."

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4:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Bimembris says...

Like many stations the car parking is not adequate anymore, doesn't Bob Asquith realise that it will be the same people parking there that currently park in the various side roads as with every other station? Therefore no additional fumes.
Like many stations the car parking is not adequate anymore, doesn't Bob Asquith realise that it will be the same people parking there that currently park in the various side roads as with every other station? Therefore no additional fumes. Bimembris
  • Score: 16

4:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Eagles_Man says...

Who will save up from blinkered car-hating greens? I thought we were supposed to encourage use of public transport - allowing more parking at the stations does exactly that! At least the council saw sense on this one.

And does Mr Asquith have so much concern for residents near wherever he parks *his* car when he's out?
Who will save up from blinkered car-hating greens? I thought we were supposed to encourage use of public transport - allowing more parking at the stations does exactly that! At least the council saw sense on this one. And does Mr Asquith have so much concern for residents near wherever he parks *his* car when he's out? Eagles_Man
  • Score: 16

5:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

molsey says...

Someone should explain to Mr Asquith that usually when cars park in car parks for the day they switch their engines are switched off. As for the rest of his objections, he's rehearsing for 'Miserable Old Men'.
Someone should explain to Mr Asquith that usually when cars park in car parks for the day they switch their engines are switched off. As for the rest of his objections, he's rehearsing for 'Miserable Old Men'. molsey
  • Score: 13

7:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Boris bighead says...

Bromley council could not care less, all they want is your money.
Bromley council could not care less, all they want is your money. Boris bighead
  • Score: 9

8:54am Sat 8 Feb 14

reasonable75 says...

There are 3 councillors commenting, yet only 1 voted against the car park

So if the others are opposed why didn't they vote? Or did they not attend?

At least no folded arms
There are 3 councillors commenting, yet only 1 voted against the car park So if the others are opposed why didn't they vote? Or did they not attend? At least no folded arms reasonable75
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Sun 9 Feb 14

danm5577 says...

My parents live near a train station with no car park.
Train users park outside their house and others, making it impossible for residents to park, so a car park is good!
Also think of the people that drive to work, providing a car park, these people will probably use the train now.
My parents live near a train station with no car park. Train users park outside their house and others, making it impossible for residents to park, so a car park is good! Also think of the people that drive to work, providing a car park, these people will probably use the train now. danm5577
  • Score: 5

3:12pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Petras says...

reasonable75 wrote:
There are 3 councillors commenting, yet only 1 voted against the car park

So if the others are opposed why didn't they vote? Or did they not attend?

At least no folded arms
Probably be ayes only one was actually on the planning Ctte
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: There are 3 councillors commenting, yet only 1 voted against the car park So if the others are opposed why didn't they vote? Or did they not attend? At least no folded arms[/p][/quote]Probably be ayes only one was actually on the planning Ctte Petras
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Horatio3 says...

I think some of you have missed the point here. Mr Asquith was referring to pollution and volume of traffic at peak times - grid locked for over a 2 hour period for on Kingshall Road, Lennard and Bridge Road.
Council officers confirmed that the existing car park is only full to 89% capacity and there is street parking available most days. Trains at New Beckenham station are well used with standing room only on trains at peak time. The station car park is £1.50 all day – surrounding streets on the north side free – Copers Cope CPZ £2.80 all day all within easy walking distance of the station
There is already parking available for commuters so what is the logic of spending tax payers money on providing even more spaces when there is clearly no demand or need.
I think some of you have missed the point here. Mr Asquith was referring to pollution and volume of traffic at peak times - grid locked for over a 2 hour period for on Kingshall Road, Lennard and Bridge Road. Council officers confirmed that the existing car park is only full to 89% capacity and there is street parking available most days. Trains at New Beckenham station are well used with standing room only on trains at peak time. The station car park is £1.50 all day – surrounding streets on the north side free – Copers Cope CPZ £2.80 all day all within easy walking distance of the station There is already parking available for commuters so what is the logic of spending tax payers money on providing even more spaces when there is clearly no demand or need. Horatio3
  • Score: -2

5:42pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Cllr John Getgood, Penge & Cator says...

There are 3 councillors for Penge & Cator but only Cllr Fookes sits onm that Planning Committee so only he had a vote.
There are 3 councillors for Penge & Cator but only Cllr Fookes sits onm that Planning Committee so only he had a vote. Cllr John Getgood, Penge & Cator
  • Score: -2

9:37am Tue 11 Feb 14

molsey says...

Cllr John Getgood, Penge & Cator wrote:
There are 3 councillors for Penge & Cator but only Cllr Fookes sits onm that Planning Committee so only he had a vote.
Silly Fooker, typical.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr John Getgood, Penge & Cator[/bold] wrote: There are 3 councillors for Penge & Cator but only Cllr Fookes sits onm that Planning Committee so only he had a vote.[/p][/quote]Silly Fooker, typical. molsey
  • Score: 0

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