Bromley residents’ federation slams ‘entirely inappropriate’ museum plans

By Luke King in Community News

THE London Borough of Bromley Residents’ Federation has branded plans for a museum and heritage centre in Biggin Hill as “entirely inappropriate”.

Bromley councillors have approved proposals submitted by the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust for a new facility attached to St George’s Chapel on Main Road, Biggin Hill.

But the trust’s plans have drawn criticism from local residents, as well as the Federation, whose members represent some 42 residents’ associations throughout Bromley borough.

In a submission to Bromley council, Dr R Hadley, chairman of the Federation, said: “Located in the centre of the conservation area, the chapel is a fine brick-built war memorial to the men and women of RAF Biggin Hill and replaced the original chapel which was lost to fire on December 2, 1946.

“The current proposal is an entirely incongruous addition which is entirely unsympathetic and which representatives of residents’ associations are likening to a ‘crematorium’, a ‘prison camp’ and even a ‘public toilet’.

“Member associations are keen to see a proper memorial to celebrate the unique history of Biggin Hill. However, the present design falls short of anything appropriate or appealing and impacts negatively on St George’s RAF Memorial Chapel, the conservation area with its pleasant surroundings and neighbouring youth organisation.”

The federation is also concerned about the removal of trees at the site, particularly two limes.

For more information on the trust’s plans, visit http://www.bhmm.org.uk/

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Joel Diggle · 81 days ago · Report

Let's be clear here, the Trust and Bromley Borough Council are just one and the same. They don't give and monkeys about the history of the site or honouring those who were lost protecting our Freedom flying from RAF Biggin Hill. This monstrous plan is just after winning some modern architecture award. Wasting all the charity money in the process.

Andrew Clift · 81 days ago · Report

It good to see more and more residents and organisations objecting to this awful proposal. I find it amazing that a council that turned down a proposal for a small hotel to be built next to hangers on the civil airfield can approve this blot on a historic landscape.

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