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  1. Introduction
  2. Background to the Plan

Part One

  3. General strategy and Part One policies

Part Two

  4. The reasons for the Council's strategy
  5. Environment
  6. Housing
  7. Employment and economic activity
  8. Traffic and transportation
    Annex 1 - Parking policy standards
  9. Shopping and town centres
  10. Tourism and leisure
  11. Bexleyheath Town Centre
  12. Thames-side
  13. Community services
  14 Minerals and waste processing
  15. Monitoring and review

Maps and plans

  4.1 Context diagram
  7.1 Crayford Industrial Area
  9.1 Sidcup - Major district centre
  9.2 Crayford - Major district centre
  9.3 Erith - Major district centre
  9.4 Welling - Major district centre
  9.5 Blackfen - District centre
  9.6 Belvedere - District centre
  9.7 Northumberland Heath - District centre
  9.8 Old Bexley - District centre
  11.1 Bexleyheath – Strategic centre
  12.1 Thames Policy Area
  12.2 Erith Riverside Redevelopment areas referred to in Policy TS21
    Lesnes Abbey Woods Nature Reserve
    Danson Park Bog Garden Nature Reserve
    Foots Cray Meadows Nature Reserve
    Crossness Nature Reserve
  K. Controlled Parking Zones

Design and Development Control guidelines

  1. New residential development
  2. Extensions to houses
  3. Residential conversions
  4. Considerate design for the less agile
  5. Highways considerations in Development Control
  6. Erith Riverside
  7. Shopfronts and advertisements
  8. Industrial and commercial development
  9. Temporary planning permissions
  10. Playspace provision in new developments


  A Glossary
  B Local Nature Reserves
  C Areas and Sites of Nature Conservation
  D1 Statutorily listed buildings
  D2 Locally listed buildings
  D3 Scheduled ancient monuments
  D4 Registered historic parks and gardens
  E Conservation Areas
  F1 Housing provision in Bexley (April 2004)
  F2 Housing proposals schedule
  F3 Residential Areas of Special Character
  G Neighbourhood Centres
  H Hierarchy of public open space
  I Business land provision
  J Additional uses for which Policy E13 applies
  K Existing and proposed Controlled Parking Zones
  L Key indicators and targets for the UDP
  M Index to policies by subject
Policy list
Policy text

Policy list

General strategy (chapter3)

G1 - quality of environment and economy
G2 - infrastructure
G3 - planning gain
G4 - social inclusion
G5 - considerate design (for the less agile)
G6 - housing land supply
G7 - development standards
G8 - flood risks
G9 - equal opportunities
G10 - Thames Gateway
G11 - town centre definitions and out-of-centre shopping policy
G12 - Metropolitan Green Belt
G13 - Metropolitan Open Land
G14 - industry and commerce
G15 - areas for primarily residential use
G16 - road traffic reduction
G17 - sustainable transport
G18 - road network
G19 - major road improvements
G20 - minor traffic improvements
G21 - traffic management
G22 - strategic transport proposals
G23 - off-street parking
G24 - industrial and business growth
G25 - telecommunications
G26 - conservation of the natural and built environment
G27 - open land including water, trees and woodland
G28 - tourism
G29 - new leisure and recreational facilities
G30 - mineral extraction
G31 - mineral reserves
G32 - waste management proposals - consideration within context
G33 - waste management proposals - liaison with relevant bodies
G34 - pollution, hazardous substances and energy efficiency
G35 - review of the Plan
G36 - departures from the Plan


ENV1 - Metropolitan Green Belt - boundaries
ENV2 - Metropolitan Green Belt - acceptable uses
ENV3 - Metropolitan Green Belt - inappropriate development
ENV4 - Metropolitan Green Belt - criteria for proposed development
ENV5 - Metropolitan Green Belt - replacement of existing dwellings
ENV6 - Metropolitan Green Belt - alterations/additions to existing dwellings
ENV7 - Metropolitan Green Belt - sub-division of existing dwellings
ENV8 - Metropolitan Green Belt - criteria for reuse of buildings
ENV9 - land of high agricultural value
ENV10 - Metropolitan Green Belt - recreational uses
ENV11 - Metropolitan Green Belt - criteria for agricultural dwellings
ENV12 - Metropolitan Green Belt - garden centres and farm shops
ENV13 - Metropolitan Green Belt - protection of visual amenities
ENV14 - Metropolitan Open Land - boundaries
ENV15 - Metropolitan Open Land - acceptable uses
ENV16 - Metropolitan Open Land - recreation, conservation and landscaping
ENV17 - South East London Green Chain - boundaries
ENV18 - South East London Green Chain - conservation and landscaping
ENV19 - urban open space
ENV20 - educational buildings and playing fields
ENV21 - allotments
ENV22 - heritage land
ENV23 - Areas of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation
ENV24 - Sites of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation
ENV25 - Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation
ENV26 - linear routes - conservation, amenity and landscaping
ENV27 - creation of other sites for nature conservation
ENV28 - Local Nature Reserves (LNR) sites
ENV29 - wildlife strategy
ENV30 - countryside management
ENV31 - landscape and wildlife protection
ENV32 - Sites of Special Scientific Interest - boundaries and protection
ENV33 - Sites of Special Scientific Interest - development of land adjoining
ENV34 - Trees and Woodlands Strategy and Parks Strategy
ENV35 - trees and hedges - planting, protection and retention
ENV36 - Tree Preservation Orders
ENV37 - new tree planting initiatives
ENV38 - horses
ENV39 - built environment - criteria for development, including strategic views
ENV40 - contamination and remedial treatment of land
ENV41 - Air Quality Strategies and preparation of an Air Quality Assessment
ENV42 - provision for the needs of people with disabilities
ENV43 - advertisements
ENV44 - environmental improvements
ENV45 - telecommunications apparatus - criteria for proposals
ENV46 - Conservation Areas - new development
ENV47 - Conservation Areas - demolition
ENV48 - Conservation Areas - new designations and boundary changes
ENV49 - Conservation Areas - preservation and enhancement
ENV50 - Conservation Areas - Article 4 Directions
ENV51 - listed buildings - protection
ENV52 - listed buildings - change of use
ENV53 - historic buildings - preservation
ENV54 - historic buildings - restoration
ENV55 - historic buildings and features in the public domain
ENV56 - Areas of Archaeological Search
ENV57 - sites of archaeological significance
ENV58 - Ancient Monuments
ENV59 - energy efficiency
ENV60 - crime prevention


H1 - housing land supply
H2 - resistance to loss of residential land or dwellings
H3 - character of local residential area - criteria to ensure compatibility
H4 - housing densities
H5 - Residential Areas of Special Character
H6 - residential development - amenity space
H7 - residential development - privacy and outlook
H8 - residential development - infill, back land and similar
H9 - residential development - extensions and alterations
H10 - residential conversions - resistance
H11 - residential conversions - requirements
H12 - piecemeal development
H13 - large residential developments - definition and requirements
H14 - large residential developments - affordable housing provision
H15 - sheltered dwellings
H16 - housing for small households
H17 - travellers sites
H18 - demolition control - determination
H19 - demolition control - requirements


E1 - criteria for proposed industrial and commercial development
E2 - small businesses
E3 - Primary Employment Areas
E4 - Secondary Employment Areas
E5 - Foots Cray Business Area - redevelopment objectives
E6 - Foots Cray Business Area - permitted land uses
E7 - Crayford Industrial Area - traffic
E8 - Crayford Industrial Area - interlinking of estates
E9 - Crayford Industrial Area - former Samas Roneo estate
E10 - Crayford Industrial Area - Acorn Industrial Park
E11 - Crayford Industrial Area - Crayford Industrial Estate
E12 - development of industrial land adjacent to the River Cray
E13 - Special Industrial Zones
E14 - Preferred Office Locations
E15 - other office locations


T1 - applications for major developments - travel plans
T2 - applications for major developments - full transport assessments
T3 - new development and a range of transport modes
T4 - traffic calming and environmental enhancement measures
T5 - traffic measures to protect and improve air quality
T6 - optimising use of the existing transport network
T7 - road proposals within the borough
T8 - Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme
T9 - public transport - improvements
T10 - rail services
T11 - developer contributions to project related provisions for travel
T12 - public transport - improvements in relation to development proposals
T13 - mixed land uses in town and local centres
T14 - cycle networks, routes and cycle parking facilities
T15 - accessibility in highway design and traffic management schemes
T16 - improvements to pedestrian safety
T17 - parking - off-street parking spaces
T18 - parking - shared use of parking facilities
T19 - parking - within development proposals
T20 - parking - control of on-street parking
T21 - parking - provision at or near railway stations
T22 - parking - safeguarding existing railway station car parks
T23 - air traffic and hovercraft facilities
T24 - freight transport


SHO1 - Bexleyheath as the borough's Strategic Centre
SHO2 - quality of shopping provision and the environment in all town centres
SHO3 - shopping proposals outside of town centres
SHO4 - loss of A1 use (ground floor) in defined core shopping frontages
SHO5 - loss of A1 use (ground floor) in defined non-core shopping frontages
SHO6 - changes to non-retails use in defined Neighbourhood Centres
SHO7 - changes to non-retails use outside the defined town centres
SHO8 - late night uses in defined town and Neighbourhood Centres
SHO9 - policy for all food and drink uses (Use Class A3)
SHO10 - motor vehicle and caravan sales
SHO11 - markets
SHO12 - environmental improvements in shopping centres
SHO13 - environmental improvements in shopping centres - partnership schemes
SHO14 - town centre's management in partnership with local business / community
SHO15 - access for off-street servicing and refuse collection
SHO16 - improvements to accessibility of shopping centres
SHO17 - character and design of shops
SHO18 - upper floor accommodation - small office use
SHO19 - upper floor accommodation - criteria for residential use
SHO(SID)1 - Sidcup Town Centre - enhancement
SHO(SID)2 - Sidcup Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(CRAY)1 - Crayford Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(CRAY)2 - Crayford Town Centre - enhancement
SHO(CRAY)3 - Crayford Town Centre - Strategy and Action Plan
SHO(ERI)1 - Erith Town Centre - enhancement
SHO(ERI)2 - Erith Town Centre - enhancement of riverside
SHO(ERI)3 - Erith Town Centre - development of Walnut Tree Road / Stonewood Road
SHO(ERI)4 - Erith Town Centre - Strategy and Action Plan
SHO(ERI)5 - Erith Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(WEL)1 - Welling Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(WEL)2 - Welling Town Centre - enhancement
SHO(BLA)1 - Blackfen Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(BEL)1 - Belvedere Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(NOR)1 - Northumberland Heath Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage
SHO(BEX)1 - Old Bexley Town Centre - strategy
SHO(BEX)2 - Old Bexley Town Centre - core and non-core shopping frontage

Tourism and Leisure(chapter10)

TAL1 - hotel development
TAL2 - short-stay holiday caravan and camping sites
TAL3 - accessibility of hotels and tourist attractions
TAL4 - enhancement of tourist attractions
TAL5 - publicly accessible parks and open spaces
TAL6 - additional open space provision
TAL7 - new residential developments - requirements for recreational open space
TAL8 - access to recreation opportunities
TAL9 - public rights of way - enhancement
TAL10 - public rights of way - diversions
TAL11 - golf - requirements for proposals
TAL12 - water-based activities - waterside and riverside areas
TAL13 - water-based activities - areas of mineral extraction
TAL14 - leisure centres
TAL15 - public use of school, collegiate and private facilities
TAL16 - commercial and voluntary sports and leisure facilities - public use
TAL17 - commercial and voluntary sports and leisure facilities - location
TAL18 - provision for performance of theatre, music, cinema and the visual arts
TAL19 - proposals for indoor recreational facilities - location criteria
TAL20 - indoor tennis, bowls and children's play facilities
TAL21 - design standards
TAL22 - public art

Bexleyheath Town Centre(chapter11)

BTC1 - redevelopment abutting the pedestrianised area
BTC2 - core and non-core shopping frontage and use within core shopping frontage
BTC3 - criteria for change of use in defined non-core shopping frontages
BTC4 - change from financial and professional services to food and drink uses
BTC5 - accommodation above shops - small offices
BTC6 - office developments
BTC7 - promoted use for civic and recreational and leisure facilities
BTC8 - improvement of existing and development of new leisure activities
BTC9 - small scale industrial and distribution uses
BTC10 - design standards
BTC11 - environmental improvements
BTC12 - resistance to loss of residential accommodation
BTC13 - provision of new residential accommodation
BTC14 - accessibility to the town centre
BTC15 - off-street servicing facilities for redevelopment or extensions proposals
BTC16 - parking standards for development


TS1 - business development areas (Sites A on Proposals Map)
TS2 - former British Gypsum site (Site D on Proposals Map)
TS3 - Erith Quarry (Site E on Proposals Map) - appropriate uses
TS4 - Erith Quarry (Site E on Proposals Map) - planning obligations
TS5 - Manor Road (north-west) (Site F on the Proposals Map)
TS6 - Belvedere Industrial Area
TS7 - Europa Estate / Fraser Road, Erith
TS8 - Manor Road, Erith
TS9 - Crayford Ness (Site G on the Proposals Map)
TS10 - Crayford Ness (Site G on the Proposals Map) - adjacency to Green Belt
TS11 - Thames Road, Crayford
TS12 - Slade Green (Site H on the Proposals Map)
TS13 - protection and enhancement of the character of the Thames Policy Area
TS14 - access to the riverside
TS15 - wildlife habitats - riverside and other watercourses
TS16 - Crossness Sewage Treatment Works (Site B on the Proposals Map)
TS17 - Thames Water Utilities operational land (Site B on the Proposals Map)
TS18 - The Saltings (Site J on the Proposals Map)
TS19 - Crayford Marshes (Site K on the Proposals Map)
TS20 - water borne transport
TS21 - Erith Riverside Redevelopment Area - land uses
TS22 - Erith Riverside Redevelopment Area - criteria for development
TS23 - Erith Riverside Redevelopment Area - planning obligations

Community Services(chapter13)

COM1 - primary and secondary school provision
COM2 - educational buildings and playing fields
COM3 - nursery and creche facilities
COM4 - health care facilities
COM5 - doctors' and dentists' surgeries in residential areas
COM6 - meeting halls, community centres and places of worship
COM7 - library provision

Minerals and Waste Processing(chapter14)

MIN1 - environment, amenity and safety issues
MIN2 - loss of agricultural land
MIN3 - economic viability of farm units
MIN4 - safeguards for mineral deposits
MIN5 - restoration of disused mineral sites
MIN6 - loss of existing deep water wharves for transhipment
MIN7 - location of new transhipment wharves
MIN8 - efficient use of minerals including recycling
WAS1 - waste disposal uses - location
WAS2 - waste minimisation and recycling
WAS3 - Crayford Marshes landfill site - restoration

Monitoring and Review(chapter15)

M1 - review of the UDP
M2 - contribution to strategic policy reviews