Status of the Plan
1.1 This Unitary Development Plan (UDP) has been prepared by the Council under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This is the second UDP prepared by the Council. It is a partial review of the 1996 UDP and supersedes that Plan. It incorporates both structure and local planning policies in one document. Its main purpose is to provide a framework for guiding development. It also shows how land will be used as a resource for achieving the Councils wider objectives.
Timescale of the Plan
1.2 The policies in Part I of this Plan are intended to apply for a period of seventeen years from the Plan's base date of January 1999. The policies and proposals in Part II will apply for a period of ten years from this base date. For the purposes of calculating housing land supply, a base date of 1997 is used in accordance with the Draft London Plan, with an end date of 2016.
Boundary of the Plan
1.3 The Plan applies to the whole of the London Borough of Bexley. Since the adoption of the Borough Plan (1985), the boundaries of Bexley have been amended in accordance with the recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission. These changes came into effect on 1st April 1993 and 1994. The borough boundary is shown on the Proposals Map.
Style of the Plan
1.4 The form of this Plan is determined by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Town and Country Planning (Development Plan) Regulations 1991. These provide that the Plan should include this Written Statement and a Proposals Map.
1.5 The Written Statement is in two parts. Part One is a statement of the Council's general policies for the development and other use of land (including measures for the improvement of the physical environment and the management of traffic). It deals with the major land use policies for the whole borough, based on an overall vision of how the Council sees the borough changing over the next ten years, and sets the framework for the more detailed policies and proposals in Part Two.
1.6 Part Two of the Written Statement begins with the reasoned justification for the policies in Part One. It then sets out more detailed policies and proposals for a range of topics, together with their justifications. Appendices contain supporting material for the policies and their justifications.
1.7 Design and Development Control Guidelines are published as part of Part Two of the Written Statement setting out further descriptive or explanatory matter for policies on matters such as design and layout. These will be taken into account as a material consideration when determining planning applications. They are produced to assist prospective developers submit schemes that are likely to be acceptable to the Council in both principle and detail.
1.8 The Written Statement also contains a schedule of proposals for residential sites for ten or more dwellings (Appendices F1 and F2). This includes known proposals for the development of sites where change may be expected during the Plan period. Other proposals will arise during the Plan's life and these will be judged against the policies in the Plan.
1.9 The Proposals Map shows the locations of development sites and the areas where specific policies apply.
1.10 To clarify the meaning of some of the words, phrases and acronyms used in the Plan, a glossary of terms has been included as Appendix A, at the end of this Written Statement.