Bromley Council is set to take on developers as a row over a controversial housing scheme has been taken to the government.
This is the fourth time developers have tried to push through schemes for the former Footzie Social club in Lower Sydenham Road, but the plans have been blocked because of the use of protected land.
West and Partners has most recently proposed 151 homes in a block between three and eight storeys tall back in April, and also plans a public outdoor gym and play areas for children.
The developer said this latest attempt includes 36% affordable housing, and said it would help Bromley with its housing needs and enhance public space. The developer has appealed straight to the government on the grounds of “non-determination”.
The developer has gone over the council’s head to appeal for a decision as the council has yet to come to a conclusion in the five months since the plans were submitted.
Planning chiefs have previously turned down a larger applications on the grounds it was “inappropriate” on the protected area known as metropolitan open land, and there have been a number of appeals turned down.
The council’s planning meeting has confirmed it would be contesting the appeal.