Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Proposals for new development are expected to follow the guidance and information given in the Council’s supplementary planning documents, including borough-wide policies and site-specific guidance. Council officers must consider these documents when making a relevant planning decision.

Email spandgteam@bexley.gov.uk for printed copies of these documents. Please note a charge may apply for some documents.

Affordable housing SPD

The Affordable Housing SPD (adopted 9 March 2006) clarifies and supports affordable housing policies within the UDP and Core Strategy.

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Design for living - Bexley's residential design guide

The Design for living - Bexley's residential design guide (adopted 21 January 2006) seeks to secure the delivery of high-quality neighbourhoods within Bexley.

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Planning Obligations Guidance SPD

The Planning Obligations Guidance SPD (adopted 26 July 2008) explains what the Council will seek in planning agreements with developers to ensure contributions to providing local services and facilities. 

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Sustainable design and construction guide SPD

The Sustainable design and construction guide SPD (adopted 29 October 2007) highlights the importance of design and construction in creating a more environmentally friendly and sustainable development.

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Bexleyheath Civic Offices Planning Brief SPD

The Bexleyheath Civic Offices Planning Brief SPD (adopted 13 July 2007) guides prospective partners on acceptable uses and design expectations for the redevelopment of this key site. 

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Bexleyheath Night Vision and Improvement Development Framework

The Bexleyheath Night Vision and Improvement Development Framework (adopted February 2010) provides a comprehensive and up-to-date framework to identify, facilitate and manage development opportunities.

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Erith Western Gateway Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Erith Western Gateway Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (adopted 5 January 2012) guides prospective partners on acceptable uses and design expectations. 

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Lamorbey Planning Brief SPD

The Lamorbey Planning Brief SPD (adopted 8 September 2008) guides the development of the former Lamorbey swimming pool site.

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Manor Road (North West) Site F Planning Brief

The Manor Road (North West) Site F Planning Brief (adopted in 1996) provides guidance for potential redevelopment of sites on Manor Road in Erith. 

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Pirelli Plus Planning Brief

The Pirelli Plus Planning Brief (adopted in 2005) sets out guidance for the redevelopment of the former Pirelli site in Belvedere.

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Thamesmead and Abbey Wood SP

The Thamesmead and Abbey Wood SPD (adopted 31 December 2009) outlines key principles to guide development in Thamesmead and Abbey Wood providing guidance on a number of opportunity areas.

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Upper College Farm and Mill Meadows Planning Brief

The Upper College Farm and Mill Meadows Planning Brief (adopted in 1984) provides guidance on the planning requirements and preferred land uses for two sites south of Bexley Village.

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Article 4 Directions

In response to growing issues around small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough, the Council made a borough-wide non-immediate Article 4 Direction on 16 September 2016, under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended.

The Council invited representations on the Article 4 Direction between 23 September 2016 to 4 November 2016 and has considered the representations received during this period.

The Article 4 Direction was confirmed by the Council on 20 September 2017 and came into force on 24 September 2017.

The Direction relates to development comprising of a change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouse) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) to a use falling within Class C4 (house in multiple occupation) of that Order, and removes Permitted Development rights for this type of development.

Planning permission will, therefore, be required for change of use from Class C3 to Class C4. The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the London Borough of Bexley.

Please email spandgteam@bexley.gov.uk with any queries.

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Crayford Strategy and Action Plan

The Crayford Strategy and Action Plan (adopted July 2005) details development proposals and projects to promote environmental, cultural and economic improvements to regenerate a sustainable town centre.

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Sustainable Drainage Design and Evaluation Guide

The Sustainable Drainage Design and Evaluation Guide links the design of SuDS with the evaluation requirements of planning.