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Council Could Lose Out On Government Bonus

The Liberal Democrat Greater London Authority candidate for Bexley and Bromley, Julie Ireland, has warned that Bromley could lose out on a significant Government bonus if it fails to finalise its local plan by the beginning of next year.

All councils are required to make a local plan, which will be used by planning authorities to decide on future developments in the region. More than 80 per cent of councils have already put together their plans, but Bromley Council is still consulting on theirs.

The Government is deciding how councils that do not submit their plans before early 2017 will be penalised, but they could end up losing their new homes bonus. If Bromley Council has not submitted its plan by the deadline and the proposals are approved, they could lose a £1.23 million bonus, which would have an impact on future developments.

Julie Ireland believes that the council is being complacent in its approach: “Local residents are furious that while the council is cutting services that we depend on, councillors are too complacent to get a local plan together.”

However, the council states that it is on track to meet the deadline of 2017 and that its draft plan is due to be published later this year for a formal consultation process.

Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation Peter Morgan stated: “We shall then be in the hands of the planning inspectorate and expect to have an adopted plan in the 2017 which is within the government’s timetable.”

Are you aware of the council’s local plan? What are your thoughts on what should be included?

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