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Plans for growth of Bexley’s economy highlighted

PUBLISHED: 12:45 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:56 03 June 2015

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Council hopes to improve the quality of new homes, boost business and create more jobs

Bexley’s plans to grow its local economy are highlighted today (Wednesday) in a new document published jointly by the London Borough of Bexley and the Mayor of London’s Office.

The Direction of Travel document is aimed mainly at landowners and developers and at encouraging them to come to Bexley to improve the quality of new homes, boost business and create more jobs.

Bexley is working with the Mayor of London’s Office, Transport for London and other groups to produce a Growth Strategy later this year that will set out what growth might happen and where, supported by the right investment, particularly in transport and other infrastructure work.

The Direction of Travel document explains the work that is under way and the timetable for it.

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, commented: “We know that proposals for new development will come forward while we are working on the Growth Strategy.

“We want developers and landowners to engage with us and the Mayor of London’s Office as early as possible so that we can work with them to explore new opportunities. The word ‘quality’ is key to our thinking, as is a diverse offer in terms of homes, particularly for first time buyers, jobs and investment in our town centres. Bexley is uniquely situated within an hour of central London, major airports and the coast, including Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover. It is already a great place to live and do business.”

Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning, said: “Bexley is set for significant growth and by working closely with the council we look forward to putting the building blocks in place to deliver the improved transport, housing and economic prosperity that will benefit local residents, businesses and London as a whole.”

When complete, Bexley’s Growth Strategy will set out a plan for the borough’s future development and will aim to ensure that growth brings benefits to transport connectivity, economic prosperity and people’s skills.

The council is currently gathering evidence to support the Growth Strategy and there will be an opportunity to comment on the draft in the autumn, after which it will be reviewed, and adopted in the spring of 2016. The Growth Strategy will then help guide Bexley’s planning policy.

The Direction of Travel document is available on the Council’s website at www.bexley.gov.uk/growth

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