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 for printed copies of these documents. Please note a charge may apply for some documents.

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

The Hill View Development Proposals document (adopted 22 June 2009) sets out development proposals for the Council's former office site at Hill View in Welling. 

The Howbury Regeneration Brief (adopted 23 July 2008) sets out development proposals for the former Council-owned site in Slade Green.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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