Bexley prepares to consult on new draft Housing Strategy 

At its meeting next week (7 July), Bexley’s Cabinet will discuss the Council’s new draft Housing Strategy, on which it will be consulting over the summer. 

The Strategy sets out how Bexley aims to work with its partners over the next five years to address the housing needs of the borough and its residents.  

“Securing wider access to affordable, decent housing is central to all our hopes and aspirations for the borough and our residents,” explained Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the Council. “We all recognised how much we value our homes during the recent lockdown and we want to give Bexley residents the chance to access the right type of housing to suit their needs. The draft strategy sets out how we plan to do this, but it’s important we hear from local people, to make sure it reflects their needs and priorities.”

The strategy sets out the context in which the borough works to make more housing available. It explores ways to make the best use of Bexley’s resources, physical and financial assets to deliver more affordable homes.  

“We need new developments that offer homes to rent and buy, that meet the housing needs of all age groups and incomes, and that deliver the right infrastructure in the right places to create successful communities,” added Councillor O’Neill. “We support growth provided it respects the borough’s overall character and identity, but we will need external investment in improving our transport connections to make it happen.” 

The report on both the strategy and planned changes to the Council’s housing allocations policy are available in the Cabinet meeting papers.

You can listen to the virtual Cabinet meeting online live, or after event at https://bexley.public-i.tv/ 

If the report is approved, consultation on the strategy is likely to start soon after the Cabinet meeting.