Bromley conservation areas

Bromley has a total of 47 conservation areas. If you happen to live within one of these, there are strict requirements you will need to meet when seeking to make alterations to your property. Whilst it can be harder to obtain planning permission, this is something that our expert team can assist you with. Let us help you to gain approval for the project you have in mind.

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Conservation areas in Bromley

What is a conservation area?

Conservation areas are designed to protect the individual character of the area in question, particularly if it has a historic appeal or unique architecture. There are additional rules to follow when making alterations to buildings in these areas, making sure that any distinctive features are retained from generation to generation.

Why does Bromley have conservation areas?

The London Borough of Bromley uses the protections that conservation areas offer to control the developments that are permitted and ensure that there are no alterations to the look and feel of the wider area. As the largest London borough by area, Bromley has many unique features that need to be preserved in this manner.

Where are the conservation areas in Bromley?

Bromley’s large and varied coverage includes 47 conservation areas. It’s important to be aware of these as a local resident so that you know whether or not additional restrictions apply to your property.

Local conservation areas

  1. Aldersmead Road, Beckenham
  2. Alexandra Cottages (Parish Lane), Penge
  3. Barnmead Road, Beckenham
  4. Beckenham Place Park
  5. Beckenham Town Centre
  6. Belvedere Road, Anerley
  7. Bickley Park
  8. Biggin Hill RAF Station
  9. The Broadoaks Estate, Bromley
  10. Bromley Common
  11. Bromley Town Centre
  12. Broomhill, Orpington
  13. Cator Road, Sydenham
  14. Chancery Lane, Beckenham
  15. Chelsfield
  16. The Chenies, Petts Wood
  17. Chislehurst
  18. Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood
  19. Crystal Palace Park
  20. Cudham Village
  21. Downe
  22. Downs Hill, Beckenham
  23. Durham Avenue, Bromley
  24. Farnborough Park
  25. Farnborough Village
  26. Garden Road, Bromley
  27. Hayes Village
  28. Keston Park, Farnborough
  29. Keston Village
  30. Manor Way, Beckenham
  31. Mavelstone Road, Bickley
  32. Nash – rural hamlet
  33. The Priory, Orpington
  34. Park Langley, Beckenham
  35. Penge High Street
  36. Mary Cray
  37. Paul’s Cray
  38. Station Square, Petts Wood
  39. Shortlands
  40. Southend Road, Beckenham
  41. Sundridge Avenue, Bromley
  42. Copers Cope
  43. Bromley, Hayes & Keston Commons
  44. Elm Road

Speak to a member of our team

Do you live in a conservation area in Bromley? If you need assistance with planning permission a member of our team will be happy to assist you. Call 020 8131 2886 or email to tell us your requirements.

    How does living in a conservation area affect Bromley residents?

    Planning guidance has been prepared for each conservation area. This information is available on request but the council is in the process of making it more widely accessible via their website. Features which are said to contribute to the character of an area are:

    • Historic and locally significant buildings
    • Green and open spaces
    • Significant views
    • Natural elements such as trees and waterways
    • Features which make the area locally distinct

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    Additional restrictions

    When there is a particular need to look after an area, the London Borough of Bromley will apply an Article 4 Direction. This expands the scope of planning permission for the properties that are affected by removing permitted development rights. To see whether or not an Article 4 Direction has been applied to your area, consult the council website for an up to date list.

    Gaining planning permission within one of Bromley’s conservation areas

    There’s no need to feel daunted by the application process for planning permission. Although this can be an unfamiliar scenario for homeowners, professionals like the team at Wandsworth Sash Windows are on hand to provide support. We can even handle the planning process on your behalf. During our time completing and filing planning applications within conservation areas we have been able to achieve a 100% success rate. This allows you to be confident that your home improvement project will be able to proceed without hassle, including installing new sash windows.

    How long does it take to apply and gain approval within a conservation area?

    This is a difficult question to answer decisively because it will depend on how many submitted applications are currently in the queue to be reviewed. However, based on the 300+ applications we have handled over the years, we can provide the following rough guidelines.

    Preparing the application – 2-3 weeks

    You should allow several weeks to gather all the necessary information and assemble the application. Conservation areas can have detailed requirements, so it’s worth spending the time to make sure everything is correct.

    Assessing the application – 8 weeks

    The planning authority is held to an 8-week timeline to return a decision. However, this timeline only starts once the application has been checked and marked as complete. This can be used by planning authorities to their advantage, delaying the start whilst they work through a large backlog. Additional information can also be requested to extend the decision date. As an applicant these measures are out of your control and must be accepted as part of the process.

    How long does it take to apply and gain approval for a Listed Building?

    It’s also important to be aware of listed building status when planning a home improvement project. These fall into two categories – locally listed and statutory listed.

    Locally listed buildings

    This is a list of buildings that Bromley Council has put together because they are deemed to be of local architectural interest. There are no additional planning controls for buildings on this list, but the council encourages their preservation and retention. As a result, it is expected that all planning proposals will be sympathetic to the building’s current architectural character.

    Statutory listed buildings

    Buildings that are on the statutory list (also known as the national list) will require Listed Building Consent (LBC) for any alterations. This is a detailed planning process that applies to all internal and external works. It is an offence to alter these buildings without obtaining consent first. You should expect the application process to take at least 12-18 weeks, no matter the scale of the proposed works. It’s also important to note that such strict criteria mean that multiple applications will probably be needed.

    What is the Listed Building Consent process?

    Obtaining Listed Building Consent is highly complex and requires plenty of back and forth with the planning authority. They will often request additional information as the application progresses and is being considered. The team at Wandsworth Sash Windows will be happy to lend a helping hand by overseeing this process on your behalf. We can manage expectations over the permission that can realistically be obtained and can suggest an approach that maximises your chances of success. To learn more about the assistance we can offer, take a look at our guide to Listed Building services.

    Do you live in one of Bromley’s conservation areas?

    We’ll be happy to help if you’d like assistance with a planning application in Bromley. Call 020 8131 2886 or email to discuss your requirements and start the process.