2 Sydenham Hill - Planning Application refused for development (Astra Palace)


Lewisham Planners have refused a planning application at 2 Sydenham Hill, the site of a hotel called the Astra Palace.
The refusal to grant the application is being challenged by the Applicant with The Planning Inspectorate.
The summary arguments of Lewisham Planning against this application included,
1      The proposed development, by reason of siting, and excessive scale and height, would appear as an overbearing form of development that would fail to respond sympathetically to the character of the surrounding area and the prominent corner location.
2      The proposed siting, height and scale of the development would serve to impact detrimentally upon the amenities of neighbouring occupiers by way of reduced outlook and increased sense of enclosure, contrary to Core Strategy Policy
A group of SHRNF members visited the site in late 2019.  It was felt that the height, bulk and modern materials proposed were out of keeping with the sweep of low rise red brick flats built in a curve between three major roads, Sydenham Hill, Westwood Hill and Crystal Palace Parade which meet at this busy junction. The term ‘aggressive’ was used, a response similar to the ‘overbearing form of development’ used by the planners.
Concern was also expressed about the loss of light and privacy for the houses built to the rear of the proposed building, a subject again picked up by the planners.
Resulting from the visit Stephen Weil, SHRNF Secretary, sent a ten-point summary of SHRNF members’ views to the Planners. Lewisham included this statement as part of its evidence to The Planning Inspectorate.
JS   02/10/2020
Mais House 
Lewisham Council planning committee heard the application, Lewisham Application DC/20/115160, on Thursday 27th August at 1930. The planning officers report and Committee Decision can be found here   >>>
Crystal Palace Park
  1.    Camping Site & other Areas Redevelopment - Rockhills
  2.    Application to hold mass events involving up to 50,000 people in 2021-23
We understand that Bromley has had outline permission from the Secretary of State to build on the CP caravan park, Rockhills, and the depot land on Crystal Palace Park Road to generate endowment funds for the Park, with management of the Park is to be handed over to a Trust managed by locally-based Trustees. 
The application (along with other changes to the park, including access at Anerley Hill Gate, Penge Gate, Old Couple Lane and Sydenham Gate) can be viewed at
https://searchapplications.bromley.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage Ref. 20/00325/OUT 
or press button here >>>
Link to planning Application for comprehensive phased regeneration of Crystal Palace Park is here >>>
Whilst the Application has been “successfully validated”, Bromley is inviting comments and observations on the Re-development Application by 13 October 2020.
In order to raise additional funds over and above income from the proposed endowment fund, and to allow the Trust to improve the ecological diversity, restore historic buildings and dinosaurs, maintain the park properly, make it more usable for the local community, the Trustees intend to generate about £700k per annum from large events, some of which they will run themselves (Summer Proms, local community (free) events), and significantly some “mass” events, involving up to 50,000 people on the Italian Terraces, which will be run by Festival Republic over two weekends in July starting from next summer.  The contract with FR will be signed within the next few days.   
A separate consultation process is under way with regard to these very large events, the disruption such events will cause locally, and possible mitigation and benefits.

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