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Khan refuses Bromley development in favour of green belt protection

Words: Laura Edgar
Sadiq Khan / Steve Punter

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for a development in the green belt in Bromley, South London.

The plans included building a three-storey football stadium for Cray Wanderers Football Club, community sports pitches and two four-storey residential blocks of 28 flats.

The London Borough of Bromley had approved the proposals, but following his decision, Khan expressed his determination to “oppose building on the green belt”, something he said is “now even more important than when it was created”.

In his manifesto for the mayoral election campaign, Khan stated his intention to protect the green belt and prioritise development on brownfield land. 

After carrying out a detailed assessment on the plans, Khan said he believed the plans would cause “significant harm” to an area of much-needed open green space. He was also concerned that the application at Flamingo Park Club included no affordable housing provision.

Khan said: “Working with my planning team, I will continue to use my full range of planning powers to further strengthen protections for open and green spaces in the London Plan and ensure we are making the most of brownfield sites across the city, including the vast swathes of public land, which are ripe for building homes for Londoners.”

Image credit | Steve Punter