08 Sep SRA backs conservation area for Shortlands Village
Shortlands Residents’ Association (SRA) is backing Bromley Council’s proposals to designate Shortlands Village as a conservation area, to help ensure future development in the Village does not damage its present unique character. It is also encouraging all its members to support these proposals and respond to the Council consultation by its 19 October deadline.
Shortlands Village is both historically and architecturally interesting, developing like many other London suburbs following the arrival of the railway and station in the area in the mid-nineteenth century. It is under significant development pressure, and, without the creation of a conservation area, is at great risk of losing its historic character.
Conservation area status would mean that any future development or planning applications would be required to either preserve or enhance the Village, thus ensuring a higher standard of design and greater sensitivity to the area’s historic nature.
The SRA is also supporting Option B in the consultation which proposes that the Southern section of the area, around Queensmead and across the pedestrian bridge to Valley Road, be added to the existing Bromley Town Conservation Area, while the rest of the proposed area would then form the new Shortlands Village Conservation Area. In addition we support the local listing of Shortlands Railway Station, built as it is in 1858.
SRA Chair Mark Dempsey said, “It makes very good sense to have Shortlands Village given conservation area status. Shortlands is a suburb many people want to move to because of its unique character, and it will be important for us and them to be sure that any future developments are sympathetic to the current street scene and preserve the village atmosphere for local residents and businesses alike”