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Minister for London visits Bexley

3 February 2017: Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London, visited the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath on Monday (30 January) for a wide-ranging discussion about the London Borough of Bexley's plans for growth.

The Minister was invited to Bexley by Council Leader, Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE. He met with Cllr O'Neill and her Cabinet colleagues, Cllr Alex Sawyer and Cllr Linda Bailey, together with senior Council officers. They took him through Bexley's Growth Strategy and the Council's case that improvements to the borough's transport infrastructure will be needed to secure the right quality and scale of development.

They also briefed the Minister on the potential of several 'opportunity areas' close to Bexley's nine kilometres of riverfront.

"I am delighted that the Minister accepted my invitation to meet with us and for the opportunity to discuss our ideas with him," said Cllr O'Neill. "Bexley is already experiencing the impact of growth and we are keen to manage it well to ensure that the new opportunities and homes it brings benefit local people, as well as the capital as a whole."

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: "It was great to meet with the leaders of the London Borough of Bexley to hear their exciting plans for growth in the borough. In particular their ambitious vision for housing will hugely benefit the local area.

"We're  determined to create a housing market that works for everyone and I look forward to watching the progress of their developments in the future."

Discussions are in progress between the Council and the Mayor of London's office about the borough's draft Growth Strategy, which will be published for public consultation in April.

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