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Council strategy to build 641 new homes in Bromley a year is approved

PUBLISHED: 11:17 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 27 June 2017

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Tory and Labour councillors approved the draft local plan

Labour leader Angela WilkinsLabour leader Angela Wilkins

Development around the borough is expected to ramp up in the coming years as the council approved a plan pleging 641 new homes a year until 2031.

On Monday, the council gave its full backing to its draft local plan, which strategises how the council aims to cope with housing, business and environmental demands in the coming years.

If approved by the government, the plan would be used as guidance for any planning applications or developments put in to the council.

Labour leader and Crystal Palace councillor Angela Wilkins said: “We gave our backing to the plan, our job now as the opposition is to make sure the council delivers on the areas highlighted in the plan, and improve on them where possible.

“We will be looking closely at how the council approves housing units over the coming years, to make sure 35 per cent of social housing is provided across the borough.

“There was also a lot of talk about open space, Penge and Crystal Palace are slightly more built up than other areas, there is something of a north-south divide in terms of development which we’d hope to see reduce.

Deputy leader of the council Colin Smith said: “We’re looking to improve our town centres and the developments around them, Bromley town centre remains our main focus for business as we try to encourage investors and better transport links.

“We are going to see greater development in these areas than maybe we would have liked a few years ago, but a key part of the local plan is maintaining the borough’s character while making sure we’re getting what’s best for our residents and meeting growing housing demand.

“Of course we are still looking at improving other town centre’s like Beckenham and Penge where works are currently on going, we’ve seen through the development of Orpington’s High Street some years ago how we can bring more people into other areas of the borough.

“There’s a reason people like to live in this borough, and our local plan aims to protect our environment while maintaining the reputation that Bromley is a great place to live.”

Following its approval, the draft is expected to be sent to the secretary of state for communities and local government’s office in July for final approval.

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