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Residents fight plans for housing
BECKENHAM residents are fighting housing development plans for the town centre, saying they will lead to parking chaos.
One new scheme approved by councillors is a mixed residential development of 14 houses in the car park of the Rat & Parrot pub, in Beckenham High Street, with no parking spaces.
Ian Muir, chairman of West Beckenham Residents' Association, said: "Developers always seem to manage to squeeze housing developments in areas which are already over-intensified and that exacerbates the problem of parking and traffic."
Bromley Council's planning committee has also given the thumbs up to a development of 11 two-bedroom flats with 11 parking spaces.
A council spokesman said: "These developments will be located in the town centre where there are good public transport links. We are following Government guidelines which state a maximum number of parking spaces must be set to encourage buses and trains."
But Councillor Rod Reed, representing Kelsey and Eden Park, says the council is being unrealistic.
He said: "The idea that people will rely on public transport is not true in the modern world."
Bromley Council will rubber-stamp the two developments once legal agreements have been drawn up with the developers concerning access-related off-site works.