Consultation - planning for the next decade and beyond

Published Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A major consultation exercise seeking views on proposed sites for future school, employment and housing use, which will help deliver the council’s vision for the borough is now under way.

The consultation is part of the development of Bromley’s Local Plan which will set the pattern of development across the Borough over the next 15 years into the 2030s.  Interested residents and businesses can respond directly by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/localplan, with responses needed by the end of October. 

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation said, “Whether it be homes, schools for our children or premises for business to thrive and prosper, we need to ensure that we have the right development coming forwards in the right place.  The emerging 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 and visit.”

The consultation includes proposals about draft site allocations for housing, education use, business and employment land, and nature conservation.  The plans also specifically mention both Biggin Hill and Crystal Palace Park.  The proposals also include a limited number of revised and new draft policies and designations building on earlier consultation in the local plan process.

Council Peter Dean, Chairman of Development Control Committee said, “There is rightly enormous interest in future development in the Borough, particularly when it is near to where we live.  Maintaining the unique character of Bromley is a priority and we want to ensure that our Local Plan encourages high quality development. 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 and I would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved in this consultation.”

Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Draft Local Plan.  Before it can be adopted for use by the council, the Draft Local Plan will undergo another consultation prior to being submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in 2016.

Printed copies of the Draft Allocations, Further Policies and Designations proposals are available at local libraries, the Cotmandene and Mottingham Community and Learning Shops, Bromley’s Civic Centre and Community House in South Street in Bromley.

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Notes to editors: The Draft Allocations, Further Policies and Designations proposals document essentially builds on the earlier Local Plan consultations, in particular, the ‘Options and Preferred Strategy’ document in spring 2013 and the Draft Policies and Designations Document in 2014.

The consultation on “Local Plan – Potential Sites, Draft Policy and Designation Alterations” was endorsed by Development Control Committee on 13 July 2015 and approved by the Council’s Executive on 15 July 2015.

Further information about Bromley’s Local Plan is available at www.bromley.gov.uk/localplan

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