Lewisham Council has released updated plans for Beckenham Place Park which include a mounded garden offering 360 degree views of the parkland, including the lake.
The park, which borders Bromley and Lewisham boroughs, received £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for redevelopment back in December 2016.
A prior planning application was accepted in October 2016 which includes plans to rebuild and change the use of the stable block to include a café and an education room; the relocation and expansion of the car park; the restoration of the parkland lake for swimming and other leisure activities; a wetland area and new street furniture, play and gym equipment, boardwalks, lighting and signage.
The newly proposed mounded garden will sit in a clearing located over 300 meters away from the Southend Lodge, 400 meters from the Homestead and 500 meters from the mansion.
Lewisham Council’s website states: “Beckenham Place Park is Lewisham’s largest park by far. At 95 hectares it is 30 per cent bigger than Greenwich Park. It boasts ancient woodland, meadow, parkland, a river and several historic buildings.
“Yet the park remains little known among the wider community and is under-used. Its historic buildings are in need of significant renovation and the park as a whole requires major investment.” However, many local residents have been critical of the plans, especially the closure of the park’s golf course.
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