The excellent Pratts Bottom newsletter, edited by Laura Dimbleby, is available here for download:
Previous editions of the newsltter are available here.
Broke Hill closed at the end of last year and has been sold to Quinn Estates, a development company based in Canterbury. The site is entirely in Sevenoaks District and is designated as Green Belt. Sevenoaks Council are in the process of reviewing their Local Plan and Quinn Estates have put the site forward as a potential site for development, to include around 800 homes, commercial floorspace, public open space, a secondary school and community facilities. Sevenoaks Council are currently considering whether the site should be removed from the Green Belt to accommodate this. Whilst Quinn Estates could make a planning application at any time, we are not expecting them to do so at the moment.
The next stage will be for the Council to consult on their draft Local Plan, which may or may not include Broke Hill as a potential development site. The consultation is expected to be in Summer 2018 and at that stage, the Residents’ Association will be in a better position to form a view on the proposals. In the meantime, the Association has been in contact with the Council and with Quinn Estates and will be monitoring progress with the proposals.
The Association’s AGM will be on 16th May in the Village Hall and an update on Broke Hill will be provided. It will also be an opportunity for residents to express their views on the future of Broke Hill. Quinn Estates have produced a brochure outlining their ideas and that is available on the Pratts Bottom Community Website at www.prattsbottom.co.uk
Following the Council’s decision to adopt the plans for Biggin Hill Museum and the Chapel, which many think are most unsuitable, Dave Evans, Rita Radford (Downe RA) and others have started a 38 Degrees Petition to protect the Chapel. Twenty signatures are needed to get started. Please help by signing the petition and spreading to others via email/ social media using this link
PLEASE NOTE: To make your opinion count you must sign the petition. Comments made on this site are welcome but will not affect the petition .
A few weeks ago some proposed changes to Biggin Hill Chapel were passed by the Council. Some people are continuing to object to these proposals and a group has been formed, ‘Biggin Hill Chapel Action Group’. They had a first meeting two weeks ago, which was well attended. The second meeting is on 30 May 7.30 pm at the Biggin Hill WI hall, Lebanon Gardens, Biggin Hill and because all the candidates have been invited it technically has become a ‘hustings’
Cllr Lydia Buttinger has alerted us that Biggin Hill Airport’s track keeping system has gone live. You can view this fairly easily by going to their website https://lbhacommunity.co.uk/. If you click on noise complaint https://lbhacommunity.co.uk/noise-track/, you get to the track keeping system. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see a button “enter webtrak” and by clicking this, you will go to the tracking keeping system, which is this link http://webtrak5.bksv.com/bqh2.
From this point, you can see a map of the Borough and the various aircraft moving across the sky with Biggin Hill associated aircraft in red and green, denoting arriving and departing. By clicking on an aircraft, you can see the height etc and other detail but also from this screen, you can log a complaint if needed.
Supplementary Consultation on plans to introduce a new landing system for Runway 03 at Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport plans to install an all-weather aircraft guidance system for flights landing at the airport from the south west.
We consulted widely on these proposals between November 2015 and February 2016. That Consultation Document and the Post Consultation report – which collated all the responses to the original consultation – are in the airport’s website and remain available at www.bigginhillairport.com/stakeholder-consultation
The original consultation determined that further work was necessary to resolve some technical details with other airspace users, including Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. That work is ongoing.
In the meantime, we (Biggin Hill Airport) are proposing an amendment to the last few miles of the approach route, which more closely follows the line of existing transport infrastructure such as the A23 trunk road and the M25. This supplementary consultation is specifically about that amendment.
This consultation, which runs for a six-week period from 27th February until mid-April 2017, is being conducted in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Cabinet Office and the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
We hereby invite you to respond to the consultation as a constituency, local government, interest group or airspace user group representative – or as a neighbour or other stakeholder.
Please go to: www.bigginhillairport.com/stakeholder-consultation
to access the consultation document and for guidance as to how you can respond.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Land Adjacent to Knockholt station north side Sevenoaks road.
Change of use of land for siting of caravans for residential use for occupation by Irish Travelers with an amenity block, septic tank, hard standing, reproofing of land and boundary fence. Part retrospective.
Please put your views in writing to Clare Preece, Planning Division, Bromley Council, Civic Centre, Bromley, BR1 3UH.
IT IS VITAL EVERYONE ATTENDS THE “CALL-IN” MEETING
Bromley Council’s consultation is now underway following Biggin Hill Airport Limited’s proposal to extend the operating hours at the airport. Please respond to this consultation by visiting our website (www.bromley.gov.uk/bigginhillairport) where full details about the proposals can be viewed and the survey filled in online via the link below. The survey does have scope for comments but individuals and groups can e-mail additional comments to firstname.lastname@example.org if needed.
As part of the consultation process, over the coming days, we are distributing a letter and survey to all households across the borough as a way of ensuring that all residents are alerted and have access to the information that is being presented.
Please note that consultation formally closes on Friday 13th March at 17.00 hours. The results of this consultation will then be presented to the Council’s Executive for their consideration alongside BHAL’s proposal and other commentary.
We welcome your views and will consider them all very carefully before making a decision but unfortunately we will not be able to respond to individual comments.
London Borough of Bromley
Tel: 0208 313 4314