Exclusive interview: Cllr Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council
by Maria Shahid Fri 2 September 2016, 4:53 pm
Bromley’s vision for growth is coming to fruition, according to Councillor Stephen Carr, leader of the council.
Carr spoke exclusively to Invest Bromley magazine about the borough’s growth agenda, commenting that the council was “really pleased with the progress being made, which is not just focused on town centres, but is evident right across the borough in Penge, Crystal Palace, Orpington and Beckenham”.
He added that Bromley Council has committed more than £21 million to establish a growth fund, which is being used to enable investments in Biggin Hill, the Cray Business Corridor and Bromley town centre. The latter was granted housing zone status by the London mayor’s office in the spring.
Consent has been granted for more than 600 residential units in the town centre, and 220 of these are already complete with a further 200 under construction. Carr emphasised that in addition to housing, the area will also need better infrastructure, including a new primary school. The council is also currently working with Network Rail and other partners with a view to the redevelopment of Bromley North Station. “We are looking for a proposal of the right height and density. We want to see sustainable development, and it needs to be measured and balanced.”
Carr confirmed that a preferred development partner for the next phase of the redevelopment of Opportunity Site G would be announced by mid-autumn.
One of the council’s key projects, which it is working on with the GLA and Bromley College, is to establish an Aviation and Technology College on the redundant RAF West Camp Estate at Biggin Hill. “We are working with local colleges on creating employment opportunities, and have identified a site for a centre of excellence at Biggin Hill,” Carr commented.
“We want to be aspirational as a borough,” he concluded. “We believe we have the right demographic for this and are now delivering on that vision. We are willing and keen to speak to private sector partners to help us deliver the right schemes.”