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Local Plan consultation begins

by Jim Dunton Thu 20 February 2014, 2:00 pm

Bromley Council has begun the consultation process for its strategic plans for the borough between 2015 and 2030, which includes the delivery of more than 7,000 new homes and a similar number of new jobs.

Its draft Local Plan document includes the provision of “at least” 470 new homes a year and the further development of the borough’s three priority strategic economic areas: Bromley town centre, the Cray Valley commercial corridor and the aviation-focused Biggin Hill strategic outer London development centre (SOLDC).

According to the draft, the borough is expected to host 8,000 additional jobs by the year 2031, compared with 2011 levels, and has a net requirement of 121,000 sq metres of office space to cope with that growth.

It said that the Cray corridor currently represented just over half of the borough’s designated business floorspace but would require a “progressive upgrading” of employment land to provide modern premises to meet predicted commercial floorspace needs.

The draft Local Plan adds that Biggin Hill SOLDC “offers the potential for increased support of economic growth activities” at the airport and its adjoining industrial area.

While it said the expansion would “focus on aviation-related activities” it added that the provision of additional business infrastructure and amenities would not necessarily increase the number of flights at the airport because of existing lease arrangements and environmental constraints.

Councillor Peter Dean, who chairs Bromley’s development control committee, urged residents and businesses to comment on the draft Local Plan document.

“This is a very exciting time in which local people can help to shape Bromley’s future,” he said.

The consultation is open until 24 March.

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