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'Opportunity Area' plan for Bromley town centre

by Jim Dunton Wed 15 January 2014, 3:30 pm

London Mayor Boris Johnson has proposed making Bromley town centre one of the capital's Opportunity Areas in recognition of its capacity to deliver new residential development and jobs.

Just-published draft revisions to the London Plan include a 39-hectare area of the town centre identified as having the capacity to deliver a “minimum” of 2,500 new homes, and 2,000 jobs.

According to the document Further Alterations to the London Plan, Opportunity Area-status for Bromley would allow the town to capitalise on its “distinctive cultural, leisure and quality-shopping experience”.

London currently has 33 Opportunity Areas identified as major sources of  brownfield land for redevelopment, along with public transport and infrastructure improvements.

Johnson said the addition of Bromley, with three other areas in different boroughs and increases in the housing targets of existing Opportunity Areas, would help the capital reach the 42,000-new-homes-a-year target he set in November’s Housing Strategy document.

“As the capital continues to flourish over the next few years, we will need to create over half a million new jobs and a million more people will have to be housed,” he said.

“That’s why it is crucial that we plan strategically for the future, to ensure we have a cleaner, greener, safer city that abounds opportunity, talent and economic activity.”

Further Alterations to the London Plan is now subject to a 12-week consultation process.

The Mayor’s Office said a finalised version was expected to be adopted by the middle of next year.

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