Agenda item

(21/02452/FULL1) - Babington House School, Grange Drive, Chislehurst, Bromley, BR7 5ES




The application was for the erection of a single storey extension to the south east elevation to provide a permanent classroom. The officer recommendation was that the application should be approved.


The Assistant Director, Planning’s Representative mentioned that additional objections had been received and that there was a current travel plan in place for the school although this was due to elapse in July 2022. A new travel plan had been submitted which was being considered. It was noted that the temporary classroom would be removed when the construction of the permanent classroom was completed. It was also noted that any permission granted would include a condition that the current and new travel plans would be accepted and implemented.


Oral representations objecting to the application were received at the meeting.


Ward Councillor Mark Smith attended the meeting as a substitute committee member.


Cllr Alisa Igoe expressed the view that although a travel plan existed, travel/road conditions outside of the school at certain times were chaotic. The Chairman pointed out that granting permission for the extension would not result in an increase in pupil numbers.


Cllr Julie Ireland was in favour of the application being deferred until the new Travel Plan had been approved. The Assistant Director, Planning’s representative commented that this was an option, but could result in a significant delay to the application.


Cllr Alexa Michael moved that the application be approved and this was seconded by the Chairman. 


Members, having considered the report, objections and representations, RESOLVED THAT PERMISSION BE GRANTED for the reasons and subject to the conditions set out in the report of the Assistant Director, Planning.


Approval was subject to the following additional condition:


An up-to-date Travel Plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority within 3 months of the decision notice.  The Plan should include as a minimum:


  Measures to promote and encourage the use of alternative modes of transport to the car:


  A timetable for the implementation of the proposed measures and details of the mechanisms for implementation and for annual monitoring and updating.

The details of the plan as agreed shall be fully implemented concurrently with the operation of the development hereby permitted, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.


Reason: In order to ensure appropriate management of transport implications of the development and to accord with Policy 31 of the Bromley Local Plan”











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