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Housing numbers see biggest rise in 10 years in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 13:18 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 21 November 2017

Thousands of new homes have been delivered in the county this year. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of new homes have been delivered in the county this year. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures were released by the government last week

The number of new homes being built around Bromley has reached a 10 year high.

According to government figures published last week, 858 new homes were created around the borough across 2016/2017.

It is the biggest rise in the borough’s housing stock since 2006/2007, when 952 new homes were created.

Since then, more than 6,000 homes have been built in the borough.

But with pressure coming from the prime minister to deliver more housing, the council has reiterated its commitment to protecting open spaces.

Councillor Colin Smith, leader of Bromley council said: “The housing completions over the last 10 years show that Bromley meets its share of London’s housing needs, whilst at the same time, the council is resolutely committing to protecting the Green Belt.

“The housing numbers do fluctuate from year to year, depending on when large developers finish their schemes.”

Responding to the figures, prime minister Theresa May made the call for greater building.

She said: “For decades we simply have not been building enough homes, nor have we been building them quickly enough, and we have seen prices rise.

“The number of new homes being delivered each year has been increasing since 2010, but there is more we can do.

“We must get back into the business of building the good quality new homes for people who need them most.

“That is why I have made it my mission to build the homes the country needs and take personal charge of the government’s response.”

With thousands of new homes coming to the borough in recent years, Bromley council’s strategy for the next 15 years plans to deliver at least 641 new homes a year, with developers putting plans together for the 384-home Churchill Quarter development in Bromley town centre and a proposed 21-storey apartment block promising to deliver 200 homes next to Bromley North station.

Cllr Smith added: “We recognise the need for more housing and further residential development can be expected to come forwards but not at the expense of the Green Belt and our green open spaces.”

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