Housing Strategy promises more homes to meet rising demand

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Bromley Council aims to support the building of all the homes agreed in the recently approved local plan, currently a yearly target of 641.

The council also aims to build up to 1000 homes as soon as possible to meet housing and homeless need, partly on council owned land and partly on other land, possibly in partnership with private developers. Work will also be undertaken to ensure necessary supporting infrastructures, such as transport, education and health facilities, are in place where needed.

The aim of the strategy is to tackle the significant and growing housing challenges faced by the council such as rising demands for homes, increased homelessness and greater use of temporary accommodation.

Targets will be set for additional affordable homes to be built by 2030 with at least half in Bromley-led developments being offered at affordable rents to households on the housing register. The council is also actively increasing the number of private landlords signed up to accept tenants from the housing waiting list.

Work to provide more housing is supported by actions and guidance to prevent homelessness in the first place, reducing the number of households in temporary and expensive nightly paid accommodation.

Also a priority is increasing the amount of accommodation available to people with specialist needs such as mental health issues, physical and learning disabilities, as well as specialist homes for older people.  Housing will continue to be made available for every child leaving care who has no alternative support.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Member for Renewal, Recreation and Housing said:  “I am confident the robust plans we are putting in place will tackle the serious issue of ensuring that people in Bromley have appropriate housing. This is pivotal for every individual’s health, safety, educational attainment as well as employability and mental wellbeing. All of these factors are put at risk without it and, in the longer run, this work will reduce the financial demands on the public purse.

“Residential development is really important in contributing to the regeneration and prosperity of an area, to providing council tax income and supporting local businesses. Good housing enhances the local environment for everyone and that is what we want for Bromley.”


Editors Notes:

Facts and Figures

Housing in Bromley ownership

  • 14% socially rented
    ○ London average - 23%
    ○ Lower than anywhere else in London
    ○ 80% owned by Clarion
  • 73% privately owned
    ○ London average - 50%
  • 14% private rented sector
    ○ London average - 27%

Sections of the population

  • Ageing population -
    ○ 3,500 sheltered or retirement housing units
    ○ 6 extra care schemes
  • 5 traveller sites -
    ○ 2 council-run
    ○ 3 privately-run
  • Largest settled traveller populations in the UK.

Housing Overview 2018/19

  • 3,457 households on the Housing Register
    ○ up from 3,332 in May 2018
  • 2,940 households approached the council as homeless
    ○ 302 were deemed homeless and accepted onto the Housing Register

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