The Council produces a number of technical documents related to its planning policy and guidance documents. 

What is the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register?

The Council maintains a register of people and groups who want to buy serviced plots of land in Bexley to build homes to live in as their main or only residence.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register provides information on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the borough. The Council must consider this information when preparing local planning policy, determining planning applications, and exercising its housing, regeneration and land disposal functions.

The Register is not published. Key data will be published in accordance with the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 and anonymised information will be included in the Council's annual Authority Monitoring Report. The personal information that you enter will be held securely by the London Borough of Bexley.

Am I eligible to apply?

To apply to be on our register, you must:

  • be 18 or older
  • be a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the UK or a national of Switzerland
  • want to buy the plot in Bexley to build a house to occupy as your main individual dwelling
  • want to use the plot to build your main home
  • want a ‘serviced plot’ which already has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, mains water and waste water

How do I apply?

Register your details at Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register. 

Applicants should provide as much detail as possible. Information such as project timescales and finance helps the Council to plan accordingly to reflect local demand.

What happens next?

The Council will consider your application for entry onto the register and notify you in writing. You can contact us at any time to update or remove your entry.

Please note that successful inclusion on the Register does not require the Council to identify a specific plot(s) for you or your group. There is no guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Please email with any queries, or to request to be removed from the register.

What is the Authority Monitoring Report?

The Council produces an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) to measure the effectiveness of its planning policies. The AMR also helps central government and the Mayor of London assess how successfully Bexley's policies support national and regional planning policies.

Authority Monitoring Reports

In February 2020 the Council approved its Local Plan Monitoring Report for the 2018/19 reporting year. All monitoring reports prepared since the adoption of the current Local Plan in 2012 are published below.

Assessment of five-year housing land supply

The Council must publish information on whether there are enough deliverable sites to meet the area's housing needs over the next five years, as part of the AMR process. The Council considers that it is on course to exceed its London Plan target over the next five years.

Please email with any queries. 

What is the Statement of Community Involvement?

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how you can become involved in planning in the London Borough of Bexley, both in deciding planning applications and preparing planning policy documents.

Statement of Community Involvement - 2019

A new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for Bexley has been published. This document reflects changes in national legislation and guidance, and the use of technology as a method of engagement since the publication of Bexley's SCI (2006) and associated addendum (2009).

A public consultation on an updated draft Statement of Community Involvement closed on Tuesday 30 April 2019. A full summary of the comments received, the Council's responses and any changes made to the final document can be found in the SCI Statement of Consultation.

The SCI was subject to an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA).

The new Statement of Community Involvement was adopted in July 2019, replacing the 2006 version and associated addendum (2009).  This SCI has been reviewed and updated in May 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in line with government’s planning practice guidance. These changes are only temporary whilst restrictions relating to COVID-19 are in place.

The documents are also available in paper format at the Council’s Contact Centre at the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath and all borough libraries.

Please email with any queries. 


What is the Local Development Scheme?

The LDS lists all of the documents that will form a part of the local plan. It also sets out the timetable for their production and adoption.

The Council endorsed its LDS on 28 October 2019. The LDF timetable for the production and adoption of local plan documents was amended in February 2020 and is reflected in the updated document.

Please email with any queries.

The Government has introduced the Housing Delivery Test as a standardised method of monitoring housing delivery across the country. The Housing Delivery Test measurement for each local planning authority will be published annually, with consequences applying for different levels of under-delivery, as set out in the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

In the 2018 measurement, LB Bexley delivered below 95% of its housing requirement and, as a consequence, must publish an Action Plan. LB Bexley's Action Plan can be viewed in the following document, Housing Delivery Test Action Plan (PDF, 202KB).