There is a desperate housing shortage and providing homes needs to be a priority
Housing and development is a key part of our response to the Bromley Local Plan.
Providing homes: there is a desperate housing shortage and providing homes needs to be a priority. However these homes need to be in the right place, of the right type and the right price to provide a range of accommodation for Bromley residents throughout their lives, particularly including social and affordable housing.
Social and affordable housing is vital to guarantee that the low-waged members of our communities are not increasingly forced to move out of the Borough to meet their housing needs. It is essential to retaining key workers, demographically mixed households and those who contribute so much to our communities. We would like to see a significant increase in the amount and range of social rent properties provided, especially for those who are disabled, vulnerable and older.
We would like to see all new housing developments provide at least 50 per cent of the total number of habitable rooms as affordable housing on site.
We cannot ignore the Climate Emergency - we must minimise our environmental impact, as well as planning for the adverse impacts of climate change. There is a responsibility to reduce flood risk, cut emissions and improve air quality. New developments should meet high standards for sustainable design, increased urban greening and tackle the biodiversity loss by protecting species and habitats, and enable them to adapt to a changing climate.