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Have your say on the Mayor of London’s new draft London Plan

The Council is encouraging local people to have their say on the Mayor of London’s new draft London Plan.
The consultation has been organised by City Hall and runs until 2 March. As Jules Pipe, London Deputy Mayor for Planning, himself made clear when he spoke at the GLA consultation event in Bexley on 1 February, it is the only chance to comment on the plan before it is finalised and everyone must submit their thoughts and concerns directly to the GLA not the Council - writes bexley.gov.uk.
In the draft plan the Mayor of London proposes the following radical measures to address the capital’s housing crisis –
  • Increase Bexley’s housing targets nearly three-fold, from 446 units a year to 1,245.
  • Increase 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 865 with no consideration of additional infrastructure needs.
  • Introduce 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.
  • Remove housing density ranges so proposals are considered individually, but recognising that the existing character of residential areas will need to change.
  • Press for zero parking on developments in places considered to have good public transport, such as Bexleyheath town centre and Abbey Wood station.
  • Severely restrict the loss of any industrial floor space to other uses such as new housing.
“This is the only consultation we will see on the draft plan, so I hope everyone will look carefully at what the Mayor is proposing and make their views known,” said Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley.
The Council is preparing its own detailed response on the issues raised by the draft plan.

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