Since the Society was established in 2007 much of our work has been related to town planning. This page includes information about:
Planning has a huge effect on our daily lives and yet it is often little understood. An overview of the planning system is available via the links below:
From May 2018, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (which leads on housing and planning policy for central government) has been the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. The Minister of State with specific responsibility for housing and planning at MHCLG is Kit MalthouseMP.
Local Plans set out a framework for the future development of an area, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy and infrastructure – as well as being a basis for safeguarding the environment and securing good design.
Local Plans also help to guide decisions about individual development proposals, as they are the starting-point for considering whether planning applications can be approved. It is important for all local authorities to have an up to date plan in place to positively guide development decisions.
Bromley Council does not as yet have an up to date Local Plan in place. A report to the Council’s Development Control Committee on the 11 July 2016 endorsed a draft Local Plan, and this was confirmed at the Executive meeting on 20 July 2016. Consultation took place at the end of 2016.
The response to this consultation was reported to Development Control Committee on 12 June 2017 and to the council’s Executive on the 20 June, seeking agreement to ask Full Council for approval to submit the Draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for examination. The Full Council at its meeting on 26 June 2017 approved the Draft Local Plan for submission to the Secretary of State. We now await a date for the examination which will be led by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).
If you would like to read more about Local Plans, you may be interested to read the letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (who has responsibility for planning matters) to the Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate. The letter sets out the government’s current position on examining local plans and links to wider measures that the government says it will be taking to improve plan making.
In October 2010 Bromley Council approved a major plan for central Bromley which will mould development for the next 15 years. We were actively involved in the consultation process—commenting on the plan’s general aspirations and the site specific policies it contains. You can download the AAP documents from the council website. These documents include a map which identifies the various site designations in central Bromley (Sites B, G, K, L etc).
We have voiced our support for many of the aspirations of the draft AAP but raised concerns about the detail and what is proposed for some of the sites. We believe that many of the Council’s proposals are just plain wrong—they are not based on proper evidence and often contradict local and national planning policy aspirations. We know that many people in Bromley share our concern. Our public meeting to discuss the AAP attracted over 150 local residents. If the Council gets this wrong we will be living with the consequences for many years to come.
We will thoroughly review planning applications for each of the sites and make our comments on them.
For the latest status of all of these sites please see the post: Bromley Town AAP status
Introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act, Neighbourhood Planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a Neighbourhood Plan that reflects their priorities, delivers tangible local benefits and has real weight in planning decisions. Neighbourhood Plans can deal with single issue planning policies such as heritage and conservation, or include multiple policies centering on specific site development.
The Queen’s Speech in May 2015 indicated that the Government will legislate to speed up the neighbourhood planning process and make it easier for communities to develop a plan. The Government’s delivery body, Locality, has useful information about Neighbourhood Planning via the link below:
We monitor planning proposals in central Bromley and comment where we feel that they are of particular concern.
If you have concerns about any planning proposals affecting central Bromley please contact us (see details at bottom of page).