Bromley Local Plan to be submitted
by Marco Cillario Fri 16 December 2016, 3:04 pm
The final stage of consultation on a document guiding development in Bromley over the next 15 years is under way, as the council prepares to submit it to the secretary of state for examination.
Businesses and residents are asked for their views on Bromley’s Local Plan, which will set out the council’s vision and objectives until the 2030s.
Land uses, planning policies and potential development sites across the borough will be addressed in the document.
The consultation, which will end on 31 December, includes draft site allocations for housing, education use, business and employment land, as well as nature conservation.
Bromley, the biggest London borough (64sq miles – 150sq kilometres), has the sixth highest population among the capital’s areas - just over 306,000 (2011 Census).
The Local Plan will be based on the framework provided by the London Plan, which sets out the strategy for housing provision in response to needs across the capital.
The London Plan requires that 641 new homes be delivered in Bromley every year; it designates Bromley town centre as an opportunity area – meaning it has significant capacity for housing and commercial development; and identifies Biggin Hill and Crystal Palace as potential strategic outer London development centres.
Along with the town centre, Biggin Hill and Crystal Palace, the draft Local Plan identifies as strategic location Cray Business Corridor – the main industrial and business area within the borough.
“Our proposed Local Plan has to balance the need for land for development coming forward with the continued protection of the high quality environment that makes Bromley an attractive place to live and work,” said Councillor Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council.
“Individual planning applications will be ultimately determined using the policies in the Local Plan so it is important to a wide range of people and organisations,” he added.
Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the plan which will be submitted to the secretary of state for independent examination by a planning inspector in 2017.
Those interested in commenting on the plan can do so here until 5pm on 31 December.