Bexley has planning policies and guidance related to conservation, heritage and biodiversity in the borough. This guidance aims to ensure that new development respects the local context, character, wildlife and biodiversity, at the same time as creating buildings and places that make Bexley a great place to live and work.
Bexley has over 150 listed buildings and structures, around 400 locally listed buildings and structures, 23 conservation areas, four registered historic parks and gardens, and four scheduled ancient monuments. They are all protected by conservation and heritage legislation.
Sites of importance for nature conservation (SINCs) consultation
Places in Bexley that are valuable for wildlife have been identified as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs).
There are 60 individual SINC sites in Bexley. In addition, 14 strategic wildlife corridors are formally recognised. A map of these sites is shown at Figure 1 and 2 of the SINC Report.
Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) Report 2016 (PDF, 9MB)
The SINC Report published in 2016 provides detailed guidance to support current Development Plan policies and the development of future local plans. It forms part of the evidence base for the current Local Plan review. It is an important consideration for developers in the preparation of planning applications. It is also a material consideration for the assessment of planning applications.
Appendix 5 of the London Environment Strategy 2018 includes the current criteria for SINC selection.
The Council is currently consulting on preferred approaches to new local plan policies that will run until 31 March 2019. This consultation provides an opportunity for land-owners and interested parties to provide comments on the existing SINCs. Where it is considered that an area of land should be removed from, or added to a SINC, then the information should be submitted to demonstrate the reasoning for this change. The information submitted may be made publicly available as part of the next stage of the consultation process.
The Council will consider these suggestions and determine whether amendments to SINC boundaries are appropriate prior to the adoption of the Local Plan. It is equally important that this judgement should benefit from additional consideration by individuals and organisations with knowledge of the sites and of nature. Therefore, following review of responses received through this consultation, details of the proposed changes, including a map showing the proposed changes will be made available for comment.
Further details of the consultation and how to submit comments can be found at Local Plan review.