Public meeting on Mayor of London’s new draft London plan

PUBLISHED: 13:55 26 January 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised police will use increased stop and search to tackle soaring knife crime. Picture: PA/Adam Davy

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised police will use increased stop and search to tackle soaring knife crime. Picture: PA/Adam Davy

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Residents are encouraged to attend an information event in Bexleyheath, which is part of a consultation on Sadiq Khan’s new draft London Plan.

The consultation runs until March 2, and provides the only chance to comment on the document before it is finalised.

The London Plan is among the most important planning policy strategies the Mayor produces, and will affect Bexley profoundly.

It will include a presentation from Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for planning, regeneration and skills, as well as officers from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

They will outline the thinking behind the plan and answer questions from local people.

In the draft plan, the Mayor of London proposes several measures to address the capital’s housing crisis, including:

n Increasing the borough’s housing targets four-fold, from 446 units a year to 2,145

n Increasing the amount of housing coming from small sites, mainly in Bexley’s residential areas around stations and town centres, eight-fold from around 110 units a year to 856

n Introducing a presumption that small housing developments (up to 25 units) will get planning permission, with considerations limited to privacy, heritage, biodiversity and safeguarded land such as green belt

n Removing housing density ranges so proposals are considered individually, but recognising that the existing character of residential areas will need to change

n Pressing for zero parking on developments in places considered to have good public transport, such as Bexleyheath town centre and Abbey Wood station

n Severely restricting the loss of any industrial floor space to other uses, such as new housing

The draft plan also includes a range of other policies, in a bid to produce an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London.

The event will take place at the Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath on Thursday, February 1, between 10am and 12.30pm

It will be hosted by the leader of Bexley council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, who said: “I strongly encourage people to come along to hear the presentation and ask questions.

“As the council, we have a number of significant issues which we will put to the GLA.”

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