Draft Local Plan Regulation 19 consultation

Status CLOSED
Start date Fri 28 May 2021, 5:00pm
End date Sun 25 Jul 2021, 11:59pm

The Council is seeking comments and feedback on:

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Draft Local Plan

Following the publication in February 2019 of Preferred approaches to planning policies and land use designations, the emerging local plan (regulation 18 stage) consultation paper, the Council has carefully considered all views received, and, along with subsequently completed additional evidence, is now in a position to publish the Draft Local Plan (regulation 19 stage) and accompanying submission policies map for public consultation before submitting it to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for public examination.

The Draft Local Plan, and other supporting documents (see links to documents in sections below), are being made available for public inspection to provide any individual, group, or business the opportunity to make a ‘Statement of Representation’ on the ‘soundness’ and legal compliance (including with the duty to cooperate) of the Draft Local Plan, for consideration by the Planning Inspector.  

Please provide your comments (‘representations’) on these documents before the consultation deadline which is 23:59 on 25 July 2021. Representations cannot be received after this date.

Complete the representations form

Alternatively, download and complete the form-fillable PDFs Representations forms A and B and submit via:

  • email to spandgteam@bexley.gov.uk with the subject line ‘Regulation 19 Consultation’ or
  • post to Planning Policy Team – Draft Local Plan consultation, Strategic Planning, 2nd Floor East, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

When making representations on the Draft Local Plan, you should consider the following three specific questions only:

  • is the plan legally compliant?
    • does the plan comply with the relevant legislation and regulations in the way it has been prepared, and in its content?
  • does the plan comply with the ‘Duty to Cooperate’?
    • has the planning authority engaged constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with neighbouring authorities and other prescribed bodies during the preparation of the plan?
  • is the plan ‘sound’?
    • has the plan been ‘positively prepared’?
    • is it robustly justified and evidence-led?
    • will it be effective in what it sets out to achieve?
    • and is it consistent with regional and national planning policy?

You should read the Statement of Representations Procedure (PDF) and Guidance Note for Representations (PDF) for further detailed guidance on how to submit your representations to the Council and what you must consider when preparing your representations.

Integrated Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment

The Council is also seeking comments on the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). 

  • the IIA describes the key sustainability effects anticipated as a result of the implementation of the development options and policies contained in the Draft Local Plan
  • the HRA provides an assessment the potential impacts of the Draft Local Plan on European protected sites to determine whether there will be any ‘likely significant effects’ on any European site

Please provide your comments on these documents before the same consultation deadline as for the Draft Local Plan, which is 23.59 on 25 July 2021. You can do this by:

  1. email to spandgteam@bexley.gov.uk with the subject line ‘Regulation 19 Consultation’ or
  2. post to Planning Policy Team – Draft Local Plan consultation, Strategic Planning, 2nd Floor East, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

Documents and supporting evidence

A list of the documents that support or inform the Draft Local Plan is set out below. Please note, the Council is only seeking comments specifically on the Draft Local Plan, submission policies map, the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), as detailed above.

The documents are divided up as follows:

  • the main Draft Local Plan Regulation 19 Stage proposed submission documents
  • procedural and compliance documents
  • supporting evidence documents (listed under the relevant Draft Local Plan chapter heading)
  • the Council’s key plans, programmes, and strategies that underpin the Draft Local Plan

COVID-19 statement 

Many of the evidenced-based documents supporting the Draft Local Plan are based on research and data collection carried out prior to the coronavirus pandemic.  

In addressing the pandemic, the Government has encouraged plan-making authorities to carry on with the production of local plans, given their importance in facilitating a recovery.  

Whilst it is clear that there are short-term effects from COVID-19, it is impossible to predict how behaviour will be altered in the longer term.

We therefore consider that the evidence produced to support the Draft Local Plan remains as up-to-date and relevant as possible. 

It is considered that policies have been developed that are both flexible and resilient and therefore able to remain appropriate and effective in the longer term.

Accessibility of documents

There are a number of documents in the list below which do not meet accessibility requirements. This has been clearly indicated where relevant, and links have been provided that allow a request to be made for the Council to provide the document in an alternative format.

Alternatively, if you need information on this web page in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

The team will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

Evidence documents (arranged by Draft Local Plan chapter)

Council Key Plans, Programmes and Strategies

Plan, Programme or Strategy Reporting process Current status Location of information
#BrilliantBexley - Shaping our future together 2017 to 2025 Council Adopted Corporate Plan (November 2017) Strategies, plans and policies
A Digital Strategy for the Borough Cabinet Member for Resources Approved Strategy (April 2019) Decision details within the Democracy webpages
A Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Bexley N/A Current Strategy Public health strategies
Ageing Well Strategy Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (February 2018) Adult social care policies
Bexley Growth Strategy Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (December 2017) Planning strategies
Bexley Joint Strategic Needs Assessment JSNA steering group Core dataset for Bexley published April 2018 Public health strategies
Bexley Obesity Strategy 2020 to 2025 Public Cabinet Current Strategy Public health strategies
Bexley Reduction and Recycling Plan 2020 to 2025 (March 2020) Cabinet Member for Places Current Plan London Datastore website – waste plans webpage
Bexley Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation Public Cabinet Adopted Plan (December 2016) Conservation, heritage and biodiversity
BexleyCo Business Plan 2020 to 2030 and Annex 1 Development Sites Cabinet Committee Approved Partner Plan Council meetings and decision making
Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2021 to 2023 (March 2021) N/A Current Plan School place planning
Commissioning Plan for Special Educational Needs Provision 2021 to 2023 (March 2021) N/A Current Plan School place planning
Community Safety Partnership Strategy 2018-2021 and Joint Strategic Assessment 2020 N/A Adopted Partner Strategy and Action Plan N/A
Connected Communities Strategy 2019 to 2023 Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (July 2019) Planning strategies
Erith Regeneration Programme Public Cabinet Approved Programme (November 2019) Decision details within the Democracy webpages
Housing Strategy 2020 to 2025 Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (November 2020) Housing
Learning, Skills and Employment Strategy 2019 to 2023 Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (April 2019) Planning strategies
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy N/A Adopted Strategy (March 2017) What to do in an emergency
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Action Plan N/A Adopted Strategy (March 2017 What to do in an emergency
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Executive Summary N/A Adopted Strategy (March 2017) What to do in an emergency
London Borough of Bexley's Equality Policy Public Cabinet Adopted Policy (November 2018) Equality and diversity
Rights of Way and Access Improvements Plan (June 2009) N/A N/A Public Rights of Way
Start Well, Live Well and Age Well – Bexley System-wide Prevention Strategy 2020 to 2025 Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (October 2019) Public health strategies
Third Local Implementation Plan 2019 to 2022 (May 2019) Council Adopted Plan (May 2019) Transport policy
Town Centres Strategy 2019 to 2024 (July 2019) Public Cabinet Adopted Strategy (July 2019) Planning strategies