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Plans announced for 20,000 new homes in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:04 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 05 November 2015

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Officials have criticised plans to bring in the homes as part of the City in the East development

An environmental campaign group has criticised Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plan to bring more than 20,000 homes to Bexley in the next 20 years.

The developments are part of the mayor’s City in the East plan, which could see more than 200,000 homes and 250,000 jobs created between London Bridge and Bexley and Ilford in Essex.

The proposal would see 21,500 homes built in the borough with 1,000 homes in Crayford; 2,000 homes in Slade Green; 2,500 homes in Erith; 11,000 homes in Belvedere and 5,000 in Thamesmead.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England says it supports attempts to tackle the housing crisis, but raised concerns over the environmental impact and affordable housing.

A CPRE spokesperson said: “We have watched over the past few years as development has encroached on green spaces, even those with the highest protection, while not delivering any solution to the crisis in affordable housing.

“As the population increases so does the need to protect our green spaces for all of the vital social, health and environmental services they provide.”

Labour’s shadow minister for housing and planning, Teresa Pearce said: “There is an urgent need for more homes in our area and across the country to keep up with rising demand. New development is to be welcomed but it must deliver for the local people.”

The Erith and Thamesmead MP continued: “New developments need to include a real variety of tenures to provide for a settled community, for homes to both buy and to rent.”

Leader of Bexley Borough Council Teresa O’Neill said: “These are very much our plans as well as the

mayor’s.

“It will happen, with the right infrastructure, there has been extreme pressure on primary schools for the past five years, and we are working hard to make sure there are enough places for local people.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “East London is already enjoying incredible growth and the City in East plans reflect how we make the area an even better place to live and work over the next 20 years.”

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