Bexley Growth Strategy approved for consultation

Local people and a wide range of stakeholders will be asked for their views this summer on Bexley’s draft Growth Strategy, which was approved for consultation at this week’s meeting of the Council’s Cabinet.

The Strategy is the result of three years’ work and has won the backing of all three political parties represented on the Council. It represents the borough’s manifesto for growth, with the aim of delivering 31,500 new homes and 17,500 new jobs and was drafted with the involvement and support of the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

At the meeting, mention was made of a new Place and Making Institute, which the Council hopes will be built in north of the borough. It would train people in all elements of place making, construction and development, leading to level 4 to postgraduate qualifications. Discussions are taking place with a range of potential partners and the Council hopes to share more information about the plans later in the year.

The Council continues to press for the extension of Crossrail to Bexley and on to Gravesend and for the construction of new river crossings linking the borough to east London. Discussions are already underway about smaller scale infrastructure improvements, to improve local bus services and cycling, to support the first phase of the plans.

Consultation on the strategy will start in May and last for six weeks. Cabinet Members will consider all the comments received with the aim of adopting the final amended strategy in September.