More than 100 people attended a public meeting at the Melvin Hall on Wednesday, 21 September, organised by the local councillors for the Penge and Cator wards. (Kathy Bance, Simon Jeal and Kevin Kennedy-Brooks.)

The meeting focussed mainly on planning and how the development could be opposed, and on what grounds. The vast majority of residents who attended were against the proposals, particularly the concept of an 18 storey tower block.

In addition, the lack of public parking will make some of the shops in Penge High Street unviable, which may be grounds for an objection.

Overall, however, there was a feeling that this development would happen, and as a community we need to work with Hadley to mitigate the worst aspects of it.

For more on planning law and the grounds for objection to a development, click here.

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