Looking to Renovation or Extend Your Orpington Home

Orpington has fantastic transport links, good primary, grammar and comprehensive schools, and plenty of parks, sports centres, restaurants, shops and historic buildings. Now part of the London Borough of Bromley, but historically part of Kent – it was a village surrounded by orchards and hop gardens till the railway came along – Orpington combines the best of both worlds, and definitely retains a good deal of its Kentish identity.

One of the town's loveliest attractions is Orpington Priory, a 13th-century manor house surrounded by the beautiful Priory Gardens, Italianate and Arts and Crafts-style formal gardens where the River Cray rises. Traditionally the Orpington May Queen is crowned here. Crofton Roman Villa, which was inhabited from about AD 140 to 400, is the only villa in London open to the public, while All Saints Church is thought to date from the 12th century.

Orpington is less than 15 minutes by train from London Bridge and less than half an hour from Charing Cross and Waterloo; plus there are trains to Cannon Street, London Victoria, St Pancras for the Eurostar, Kent and Sussex.

Architects in Orpington

Bromley architects Bluelime Home Design have been designing and reimagining homes across south London and north Kent for more than a decade. We now have five offices across the area, and have built up a strong reputation for expertise, reliability and quality, as well as strong relationships with local builders and council planning departments. So not only can we design your dream home and get planning permission, we can oversee its construction from start to finish too. We work in Bromley, Bexley, Erith, Dartford, Croydon and sometimes even further afield.

House prices in Orpington

In January 2019, the average price for property in Orpington was £512,141: £797,431 for a detached house, £487,426 for a semi-detached house, £357,780 for a terraced house and £256,015 for a flat. Prices fell 0.96 per cent in the previous three months, but were still 1.33 per cent higher than 12 months before.

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Planning applications in Orpington

If you want to build, extend or alter a home, you will need to apply to Bromley council for planning permission. The fees for this are set by the government:

£206 for an extension

£462 for a new home, or a conversion of another type of building into a home (though nowadays some types of conversion don’t require planning permission).

You can get advice from the council before you submit your application to give it a better chance of success. The council charges £150 for advice on applications for an extension and £310 if it's a new home or conversion.

Directions to us from our Nearest Office

Contact us

Our Bromley office is in Chislehurst Business Centre, 1 Bromley Lane, Chislehurst. Drop in to see us or give us a call on 01322 517627 email us at fresh@bluelimeprojects.com to talk about how we can help you create your dream home.

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