A couple of weeks ago this site covered the final consultation of Bellway’s plan for 518-homes in Bexleyheath Town Centre on the former civic office site.
Now the final plan has been submitted.
There’s many more detailed images of the development. I’m a big fan of this corner building with its inter-war modernist appearance. It’s the highlight of the development with clean lines, recessed balconies and curved corner treatment.
Unfortunately the main tower doesn’t replicate the style and instead appears a pretty lumpen and grey block from some angles. The continuous horizontal bands don’t help. Here it is viewed from Sainsbury’s.
When it comes to types of housing, it’s revealed that “affordable” housing (which often isn’t even for those on average incomes around £30k) totals 20%. It’s even getting to the point now where even skilled professionals cannot afford “affordable” housing.
There’s no social housing mentioned. Bexley Council have a pretty lamentable record of providing so-called “affordable” housing, let alone social housing, as Bexley is Bonkers points out here.
Sports Direct will have a large store at ground level. Parts of Highland Road will be pedestrianised to improve links to the town centre.
It’ll bring in sizeable sums to Bexley Council:
- £4.2 million to Bexley Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy.
- An additional £3.1 million will be brought in to the council through the New Homes Bonus. I covered what that is here. It’s a little known source of funds that is bringing Greenwich Council £13.7 million this year. There’s a bonus for councils in ensuring higher numbers of “affordable” housing so the low 20% figure will cost them income.
- It’ll add £790,000 per year in council tax income.
- Nine retail units are included, including Sports Direct, which will bring in £79,000 in business rates.
Something here that will raise attention is the possibility of creating a future pedestrianised space on Broadway car park by Sainsbury’s.
It could be purely hypothetical from the developer given a reduction of income and potential loss of shoppers.
The planning reference is 17/02745/FULM
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