Bromley council could lose £1.23million warns Lib Dem candidate

PUBLISHED: 10:54 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 10 March 2016

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Julie Ireland complained of “complacency” at Bromley Council

Bromley could potentially lose more than £1million from a government bonus if it fails to provide a local plan.

The council has been consulting on the local plan, which all councils across the country have been asked to make, since 2013.

The government is currently considering proposals that councils who have failed to provide a local plan by early 2017, could lose out on a new homes bonus.

If approved, Bromley could lose out on its £1.23million bonus.

The local plan was set up for planning authorities to map out the future objectives of an area.

The plan can be made up of more than one document, as it aims to guide the development of the borough including residential and commercial aspects.

More than 80 per cent of councils have published a plan, but as Bromley continues consultations, one Lib Dem campaigner has branded the council as “complacent”.

Julie Ireland, Bexley and Bromley’s Lib Dem London Assembly candidate, said: “Local residents are furious that while the council is cutting services that we depend on, councillors are too complacent to get a local plan together.

“And now it looks like their complacency will cost us money.

“They’ve been consulting for years now, what have they got to hide?”

Councillor Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation said: “Councillors and officers have been working for many months on the new plan.

“The Government has asked us to deliver it by 2017 and we are confident of meeting this.

“The first round of consultation was in 2013, the options and preferred strategy, then in 2014, the draft policies and designations, which included a call for sites, an invitation for people to put forward sites for development and most recently, the draft allocations and further polices and designations consultation.

“This occurred last autumn with the plan to publish the draft local plan for formal consultation later this year followed by submission to the secretary of state.

“We shall then be in the hands of the planning inspectorate and expect to have an adopted plan in the 2017 which is within the government’s timetable.

“Thus we do not expect to lose any money.”

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