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Extra restaurants plan for The Glades in Bromley labelled 'outrageous'
AN AMENDED plan to build a restaurant complex on the edge of land given to Bromley to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee has been slammed by campaigners.
Capital Shopping Centres saw its original planning application for five restaurants on the terrace at the back of The Glades shopping centre rejected by Bromley Council three months ago.
At the time the councillors on the development control committee were concerned it would be an over-intensive development of the area.
And they were concerned it would have a detrimental effect on the character of Queen’s Gardens.
The councillors said they would consider the idea of one or two café style places but instead the shopping centre owner’s plan still features five restaurants.
Among the alterations are the development being reduced in height by 40cm and the line of the building has been pulled back by 3m to create a terrace which overlooks Queen’s Gardens.
But Tony Banfield, the chairman of the Friends of Bromley Town Parks and Gardens and Bromley Civic Society, says they will be fighting the proposal.
He said: “They have hardly made any changes at all.
“It is still doing the same thing which is to destroy a significant part of the conservation area.
“The council are spending the Mayor of London’s money regenerating the Bromley North area and then we have this thing which will steal the trade and devastate this area.
“Yesterday the queen was walking through the Italian gardens part of Queen’s Gardens and then they will be selling it off.”
The Glades centre manager Howard Oldstein said: “We have made a number of important changes to our original proposals, improving the design, reducing the height and footprint of the building, and ensuring more space is created around the terrace for people to enjoy.
“Importantly, we have been able to make these improvements whilst keeping the space needed by high quality restaurant operators.
“This means we would be able to deliver the standard of restaurants Bromley needs, bringing families back into the town centre in the evening, whilst also addressing the feedback we have received from councillors and others.”