Agenda and minutes

Venue: Pavilion Leisure Centre, Bromley

Contact: Jo Partridge  020 8461 7694

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Apologies had been received from John Gledhill – LBB Head of Leisure, Terri Johnson – South East London Chamber of Commerce, Colin Maclean – Community Links Bromley, David Marcelline – Stiles Harold Williams Partnership LLP, Helen McIntosh – South East London Chamber of Commerce, Caroline Tatchell – Splash Damage and Louise Wolsey – London South East Colleges.




The minutes of the meeting held on 24th July 2018 were agreed, and signed as a correct record. There were no matters arising.




Mr Matthew Eady, Regional Manager (Bromley and South) and Ms Rose Webb, Director of Brand, Product and Wellbeing, Mytime Active gave a presentation providing an update on health and wellbeing initiatives being delivered by Mytime Active.


Mytime Active was founded in Bromley in 2004, as a not for profit organisation and a registered charity, with the mission to improve the wellbeing of the people in the local community. Mytime Active offered hundreds of different products and services in their portfolio, across all ages and life stages.


Work had been undertaken to profile the Bromley community, with 2,500 people asked to consider their relationship with wellbeing and the barriers to behavioural change. The company’s mission was the ‘Theory of Change’ model, which put wellbeing at the heart of everything they did and looked at the mechanics of how users could connect with their own wellbeing.


Mytime Active was a large employer in the borough, employing 850 staff, the majority of whom were Bromley residents. There were 3.6 million visits per annum to their facilities, and Mytime Active had a growing membership of regular users which had exceeded 20,000 during the summer of 2018. There were 162,000 attendances at the three soft play facilities in the borough; 7,500 children learning to swim weekly; and 84 schools engaged in swimming lessons.


For older adults, Mytime Active had introduced the Primetime programme, which offered 85 weekly activity sessions and an annual timetable of social events to help tackle loneliness and isolation. The Primetime programme had in excess of 2,700 members and there were 650,000 attendances at sessions per annum from older people. They had 24 volunteer ‘Primetime Buddies’ who provided help and support, and there was strong working partnerships with organisations such as Bromley Dementia Action Alliance.


Work was also undertaken with targeted adults, who were referred by their GP’s onto programmes delivered by exercise specialists at Mytime Active. These included ‘Heartsmart’ for people with established heart disease and ‘Escape Pain’, a chronic pain management programme for people with arthritic pain. The ‘Fresh Start’ programme for people with defined medical conditions received 1,600 referrals from GP’s and hospital departments and 9,000 attendances at sessions, per annum.


Programmes targeted at children and young people were offered by Mytime Active, who were working closely with the LBB Children Looked After Team – providing free memberships for 0-18 year olds, and giving care leavers opportunities for training, apprenticeships and employment. Other programmes delivered included ‘My Future’, a community sports programme; ‘Arts Train’, a creative music project; and before and after school clubs which were Ofsted registered.


Mytime Active also managed community programmes such as the London Youth Games, at which Team Bromley had been crowned champions for 2018, and Santa Dash races taking place in Orpington and Bromley. Anyone wishing to take part could sign up at


Mytime Active were committed to staff wellbeing, offering free leisure and golf memberships, and running a programme of Head Office activities which included pilates, run club, table tennis  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.




Members of the Partnership gave an update around progress across the main themes of the Partnership.




Virgil Rappa, LBB Town Centre Development Project Planner attended to provide an update on Town Centre Development across the borough. Progress was continuing across the sites that made up the Bromley Town Centre Area Action Plan.


A planning application for Opportunity Site G: West of the High Street had been submitted by Countryside Properties (UK) Limited, which it was hoped would be determined before the end of the year. The London Borough of Bromley had produced a Masterplan for the site which had been published, and was subject to an eight week consultation period. The responses received were currently being reviewed and would be reported to the relevant Council committees during the autumn.


Phase 1 of the Bromley Town Centre High Street Public Realm Improvements were mostly complete, with the new wooden benches to be installed over the next couple of weeks. Funding for remedial works to the Churchill Theatre had been agreed by the Council’s Executive, and a selection process to appoint a building contractor to complete the works was underway. As a result, the temporary scaffolding on the High Street frontages would not be removed until the remedial works were undertaken in the New Year.


Phase 2 of the improvement works had been delayed due to supply chain issues with the material being delivered from China. The contractor had since secured the material needs, and works were expected to be completed by the end of October 2018. The market had been relocated; the stone planters and trees removed, and new planters would be installed by 30th November 2018. The engineering team had advised that works to the Elmfield Road junction would commence in early 2019, once the seasonal highway works embargo had been lifted.


In Beckenham town centre, the public realm improvement works were in the final stages. From the 24th September 2018, the High Street had reopened to two-way traffic and the diverted bus routes had reverted back to normal. There would be an official re-opening of the High Street once additional works were complete. The public realm improvement works in Orpington town centre had suffered further delays due to contractual issues.


As part of the New Homes Bonus, funding had been allocated to produce a Framework Plan for regenerating Orpington town centre. The Framework Plan had been produced by Cushman & Wakefield, and provided an overview of key market trends affecting town centres and benchmarking analysis. The findings would be presented in the form of a SWOT analysis, and progress would be reported at future meetings. As part of the shopfront improvement project in Penge town centre, planning applications were to be submitted for ten shopfronts. It was anticipated that works would be completed by March 2019.


Members were advised that the soft opening of the St Marks’ Square development was due to take place at the end of October 2018, with the cinema expected to open in November 2018. The official opening was anticipated to take place in early 2019.


Members enquired if there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4a




Katie Ryde, LBB Planner provided an update on the development of the Draft Local Plan.


Bromley’s Local Plan had been submitted for independent examination, following which hearings took place at the end of 2017. A consultation was undertaken in the summer on suggested Main Modifications and the responses to this were submitted to the Inspector. It was hoped that the Inspector’s final report would be received in November / December 2018, following which it would go through the process to be legally adopted by the Council.


Members were advised that the London Borough of Bromley was continuing to object to aspects of the Draft London Plan, which was now itself in a period of examination. There would be hearings in front of a panel of Inspectors that would commence in January 2019, lasting several weeks. It was anticipated that the London Plan would be adopted in Autumn 2019.


The Vice-Chairman noted that the consultation responses had been sent to the Inspector in August 2018, and questioned if there was a legal requirement for her to respond in a timely manner. The LBB Planner responded that this was something which was out of their control, and it was not unusual for local plan examinations to take a year.


The Chairman reminded the Partnership that the London Plan proposed a significant increase in the fifteen year target for net housing completions, from the current requirement of 641 homes per annum to 1,424 homes per annum. In response to a question from a member, the LBB Planner advised that currently Bromley was exceeding its house building requirement – based on the current lower target – but this situation may change in the future. The planned timing of housing delivery could change due to some planned developments not coming to fruition, and others progressing that had not been expected to do so. A member noted that Bromley had a large amount of Green Belt land, and questioned if the borough would be susceptible to being required to build on it. The LBB Planner responded that she agreed there was lots of pressure, but that the Government remained strong on saying no to proposed developments on Green Belt land.


RESOLVED that the update on the Local Plan be noted.




Lorraine McQuillan, LBB Town Centre Manager gave an update on Business Improvement Districts and Business Support in Quarter 2, 2018/19.


The Beckenham and Penge BIDs had been established for a five year term, and Zoe Brown, BID Manager, Beckenham Together & Penge SE20 was introduced to members. It was noted that they had been two separate BIDS, and therefore different projects would be undertaken in each town centre. A feasibility study would be undertaken over the next couple of months with regards to establishing BIDs in West Wickham and Chislehurst, and a report would be produced by early 2019.


Work was also continuing on the Local Parades Initiative, with 22 applications for funding being received, three of which were expected to be approved imminently.


Business support events that had been delivered included a Successful Mums taster session on 26th September 2018 to support mums, dads and carers in returning to work after a break, or considering setting up their own business; and a Grow Bromley branding event on 11th October 2018. Both events had been well attended.


Ms Frances Forrest, Your Bromley BID Company advised members that events coming up included a “Trick or Treat” town centre trail, which would run between Saturday 20th and Sunday 28th October 2018, encouraging people to walk around the town centre during half term. The Christmas Lights Switch-on would take place in Bromley town centre on Sunday 18th November 2018, alongside a Christmas Market and Santa Dash.


Members were informed that a new parking app would be launched shortly, providing drivers with advice as to which car park was nearest to their destination, and highlighting special features such as electric charging points. It was hoped that in the future this could be developed into a ‘Bromley town centre’ app.


Ms Sharon Baldwin, Orpington 1st BID Company advised members that the town centre vacancy rate was currently 6.5%, which was well below the national average of 11%, and the churn rate of occupants had slowed. Most of the smaller units had been let, and a number of new businesses had opened.


Events had taken place in the town centre, including the ‘Flavours of Orpington’ Food Festival week which featured a comedy night, live music and a demonstration kitchen which local restaurants used to prepare dishes. The week ended with a ‘Sunday Service’ in collaboration with Churches Together Orpington, followed by a free BBQ which catered for 500 people.


Christmas event in the town centre would include the Christmas Lights Switch-on, taking place on Thursday 15th November; a pantomime over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd December; and a Santa Dash on Sunday 9th December 2018.


Members were advised that the All Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres would be meeting to discuss business rates reform. Business rates were a huge concern as they were deterring new businesses, and ‘breaking the backs’ of long established businesses.


Zoe Brown, Beckenham Together & Penge SE20 informed members that she  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4c




Updates are provided in the relevant sub sections.




Ms Katy Woolcott, London Biggin Hill Airport provided an update on developments at London Biggin Hill Airport. Work was progressing with London South East Colleges to deliver the London Aerospace and Technical College, and approval had been given for an on-site Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO).


London Biggin Hill Airport was a unique connectivity tool for businesses, and was attracting high quality and high value aircrafts, at low volume, to be respectful to the community with regards to noise levels.




Mr Mike Lewis, Michael Rogers LLP informed members that it had been a very busy and productive year so far, in which three major lets had been completed – One Elmfield Park (25,000 sq. ft.), and two units of 10,000 and 8,000 sq. ft. Rental values had been increasing, and One Elmfield Park had achieved a rental value of £28.50 per sq. ft. The owners of Wren Court (35,000 sq. ft.) were to invest several million pounds into bring the property up to ‘A*’ standard, and it was expected to achieve rental values in excess of £30 per sq. ft.


The John Baker Group were continuing with work to progress a development scheme at Elmfield Road, for which a planning application would be heard by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in November 2018.


It was noted that there was a dwindling supply of industrial units, and there was a great need for new units to be brought onto the market.




No update was provided to the meeting.




No update was provided to the meeting.




Mr Lee Thomas, Fairlight Group said that residential developments had been busy, but it was a difficult trading market. In the commercial market it had been difficult to purchase freehold properties. The latest property they had refurbishment had been completed in three months, and would officially open on 1st November 2018. A third of the space was already occupied, which highlighted how high the demand was.


Mr Dave Freeborn, Proctors informed members that sales of residential land had been quiet, due to lack of confidence in the market.


Ms Carol Arnfield - LBB Head of Service for Early Years, Schools Standards and Adult Education advised members of the Partnership that there had been a good start with enrolments into Adult Education. There was a high demand for ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’, and more tutors were needed for this course. Last year, learners had to be turned away during the summer term as funding targets had already been met, so it was hoped that additional funding could be requested this year. The Adult Education Centres in Poverest and Penge were full the majority of the time, and courses were also delivered in schools, residential care homes and other community venues. It was noted that demand for places was outstripping supply.


Mr Michael Humphries, Handelsbanken echoed comments made by other members, with regards to market trends. The residential market was currently quiet, and in the commercial market it was difficult to find properties of the size required.


Mr Chandra Sharma attended the meeting representing the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB were asking for support for their campaign to increase the threshold for the paying of Business Rates from £12,000 rateable value to £15,000 rateable value. There were currently 7,318 businesses in Bromley, of which 3,725 were under current threshold of £12,000 rateable value, and 638 Businesses would be brought in under the proposed threshold of £15,000. The FSB were also campaigning for no inflationary increases in Business Rates for 2019, plus a £1,000 discount for all shops to help the High Streets, and would be actively promoting Small Business Rate relief to small businesses. The FSB would be meeting with the Chairman of the Bromley Economic Partnership and the Leader of the Council on 28th November 2018 to discuss a range of issues.


Mr Sharma informed members that a new lunchtime ‘Curry & Networking’ event would be launched in Orpington the following month, and it was hoped that this could be replicated in other towns. The FSB were requesting that no parking meters be installed without consultation with local businesses, and were calling for 15-20 minutes of free parking to be allowed for people to make quick visits to shops. Small Business Saturday would be taking place on 1st December 2018.


Mr Mark Evans, Westgate Cleaning Services Ltd informed members that his business had been established in Bromley for sixteen years, and now employed around 400 members of staff. They delivered contracts for 50 schools, offices  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5e




Members of the Partnership considered the forward rolling work programme for the Bromley Economic Partnership for 2018/19.


The Chairman requested that the possibility of a visit and tour of the Churchill Theatre be explored. Members were asked to send any suggestions for future agenda items to the clerk.




The Chairman thanked Mytime Active on behalf of the Partnership for hosting the meeting. Following the meeting, members were provided with a tour of the Pavilion Leisure Centre.



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