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News and Comment January 2012

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30 January - Still in the dark about The Black Horse

On the 2nd of the month the planning documents that may have allowed residents to see what was to replace the historic facade to Sidcup’s Black Horse coaching inn weren’t available to the public. Two days before the month’s end the situation is unchanged. A Sidcup Community Group member has brought the omission to the attention of the Chief Executive for a second time, the first did not produce a satisfactory answer.

On Friday 23 December 2011 the records finally showed that Planning Consent for demolition had been granted subject to a Section 106 Agreement. The Black Horse façade had already been demolished shortly after the 3 November Planning Meeting and well before the records showed Planning Consent had been issued or the Section 106 Agreement signed (i.e. 23 December 2011). However, there was and is still no public record whatsoever of a Planning Decision or a signed new revised Section 106 Agreement. The public therefore have no actual details of what the Applicant is supposed to be erecting on Sidcup’s historic site.

The full list of problems with this planning application are too lengthy and too complex for a blog entry. As with so many things about Bexley council one may wonder if there are no straight answers because something ‘funny’ is going on.


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