A heritage group have said residents are living in a “cloud of uncertainty” following council plans to build apartment blocks in the town centre.
Bromley Council recently announced a partnership with Countryside to 384 new homes across eight apartment blocks in Bromley town centre.
The houses will be for both private and commercial use on a site identified in Bromley action plan, which is west of the High Street.
Bromley Civic Society have been critical of the scheme for creating uncertainty for residents who live in the middle of the proposed site.
A statement issued by Bromley Civic Society said residents received a letter from the Council but there is no mention of the affect new houses will have on existing properties leaving residents living under a “cloud of uncertainty as a result of this proposal.”
Tony Banfield, Chair of Bromley Civic Society said: “There has been precious little consultation with residents so far.
“The scheme outlined in the press is even larger than that seen at the so-called ‘workshop’ held in July 2015 and we fear for the impact on the Conservation Area, the High Street and Library Gardens.
“We need to keep a close watch on developments and use the consultation process wherever we can”
Bromley Council say the new homes will be a mix of private sale and affordable rent homes, and the plans also earmark 990 square metres of commercial space for bars and restaurants.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council, said: “This is a key site in our town centre and we are pleased to have appointed Countryside to deliver a long lasting legacy at Churchill Gardens, Bromley.
“We wanted to create a high quality scheme which supports growth in Bromley and this is what we want to see and Countryside’s experience of large scale regeneration schemes, place-making and high quality design will help to create a vibrant hub for both new and existing residents.”
Bromley Civic Society said a High Court ruling quashing the council’s application to be granted a Town Centre Housing Zone status should have ended proposals for blocks of flats.
Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation addressed these concerns.
He said: “Site G has long been allocated for redevelopment as the Area Action Plan shows and there is the exciting potential to both improve the commercial viability of the town centre and construct housing in a high quality scheme, both of which are needed.
“Our legal team is looking at the recent High Court verdict but it is important to note that this action was not taken against the Council, with the proposal not affected.
“The reason that local residents know about the Countryside proposal is because we have written to residents and are meeting with them to as part of our ongoing commitment to both consult and explain to residents what is happening as the process continues.”