Development with 254 homes beside Lower Sydenham station approved on appeal

Weston Homes have won an appeal against Bromley Council’s refusal for 254 homes on a site at the former Dylon Works near Lower Sydenham station.

The site is just over the boundary from Lewisham borough and follows two previous developments approved and built over the past five years.

The appeal was made as Bromley Council failed to decide within the required time period. The report states:

One issue was the status of the land as Metropolitan Open Land, though it was formerly a sports ground for employees of Dylon International and not publicly open.

Current site

In addition, 38 per cent of the “open” land was also already built upon.

Much green space retained and opened for public use

The plan opens up much of the site with a new park.

Around 400 homes have been built nearby in two applications. Excellent public transport links exist at the adjacent station reducing vehicle dependency.

However the station, like many other Southeastern Metro stations, is lightly staffed and that has not kept pace with new homes in the area.

Just today, the ticket office is once again closed:

Work is expected to begin in late 2022.

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Murky Depths

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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