Have your say on plans for 'largest amount of building since 1930s' across Bexley
PUBLISHED: 16:50 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 18 May 2017
It follows a cabinet meeting last month
Residents are being asked to have their say on a strategy mapping out plans to bring thousands of homes and jobs to the borough.
In April, the council’s cabinet approved a strategy outlining potential growth up to 2030, which includes bringing in 31,500 new homes and 17,000 new jobs in infrastructure, including new GPs and teachers by 2030.
The figures come from a range of areas, including ongoing developments in Thamesmead, where housing group Peabody is building 1,500 homes and Erith, where 600 new homes are being built as part of the quarry development.
Much of the council’s other figures hinge on the potential extension of Crossrail beyond Abbey Wood to Gravesend, calling at Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green. The council believes the extension will help bring investment, including thousands of homes and jobs, to the towns.
Speaking at last month’s meeting, Cllr Linda Bailey described the potential growth as “the largest Bexley has seen since the 1930s”.
But before mass growth hits the borough, the council is asking residents for their thoughts.
“Increasing demand for housing and land is already having an impact,” said Gill Steward, chief executive of the council.
“The Growth Strategy will put us in control, so we can ensure that the change that happens benefits the borough and our residents.”
Assistant chief executive for regeneration and growth, Jane Richardson, added: “As well as giving us their comments, this is a chance for everyone interested in how the borough wil grow in the future to read about our plans and learn about the opportunities we aim to create.
“It’s also a chance to ask questions about the strategy and debate the issues involved.”
During the consultation which runs from May 18 to July 14, a series of events revealing more detail will take place in towns across the borough, as follows:
Saturday June 10, 12 noon-4pm – Erith Riverside Shopping Centre
Tuesday June 13, 3pm-7pm – Crook Log Leisure Centre, Bexleyheath
Thursday June 15, 3pm-4pm – Mobile van outside Belvedere Junior School
Thursday June 15, 4pm-7pm – Mobile van on Station Road, Belvedere
Tuesday June 20, 3pm-7pm – Morrison’s superstore, Erith
Thursday June 22, 12 noon-4pm – Welling Library
Saturday June 24, 12 noon–4pm – Sidcup Library
Wednesday June 28, 3pm-7pm – Crayford Library
Thursday June 29, 9am-9pm – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath
Saturday July 1, 9am-6pm – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath
Monday July 3, 3pm-7pm – Sidcup Leisure Centre
Wednesday July 5, 12pm-4pm – Thamesmead Innovation Centre, Belvedere
To find out more and respond to the consultation visit www.bexley.gov.uk/growth.