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