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UPDATE: More time to have your say on ‘major development’ strategy mapping out hopes for 31,500 new homes and 17,000 jobs by 2030

PUBLISHED: 13:22 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 12 July 2017

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The strategy hopes to bring investment and development to the borough

Residents have been given more time to have their say on a strategy mapping out how the borough will evolve in the coming years to produce thousands of jobs and homes.

In its draft growth strategy, the council expects to see up to 31,500 new homes and 17,000 jobs across the borough by 2030.

A consultation on proposals had been due to end on Friday, but the council has now announced an extension, giving residents until Friday July 28 to have their say.

It is hoped an extension of Crossrail through Erith, Belvedere and Slade Green will help attract investors, with the council hoping for development of up to 22,000 homes as the towns links to London and Heathrow could improve.

No formal planning applications have gone in for the major developments, but with the council set to launch its own development company, BexleyCo, in the coming year, there are hopes investors will be further drawn into the borough, with hopes for a major shopping centre in Belvedere employing up to 3,500 people.

Elsewhere Thamesmead has seen approval given to build 1,622 homes, with the first 500 due by 2024.

Cabinet member for regeneration and growth Linda Bailey said: “Given the scale of what we’re proposing it is perhaps not surprising that some people have misunderstood our plans or are concerned at their impact.

“Major development of the type we are setting out will only happen if there is major investment in public transport improvements and other key infrastructure. It will also be phased over a long period of time to ensure that these changes are properly considered and controlled.

“I cannot emphasise this enough: any development proposals will be subject to planning permission and the usual consultation.”

The possibility of improving Bexley’s links to London were improved last month, when Sadiq Khan backed calls for a Crossrail extension from 2025, and voiced continued support for a DLR extension into Thamesmead.

The growth strategy consultation ends on Friday, July 14, with the final event in the council’s ‘growth roadshow’ taking place at Parkview Community Hub in Thamesmead on Tuesday, July 11, between 12pm and 4pm.

“We’ve been pleased with the attendance at the roadshows so far,” said Cllr Bailey.

“We’ve held them at a range of locations across the borough and our staff have taken the opportunity to tell people about the strategy, and what it could mean for them and for the borough.”

To view the strategy and the consultation, visit www.bexley.gov.uk/growth.

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