HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS IN BROMLEY 2019: Around 6,000 households in the borough in rent arrears; Landlords less willing to accept tenants on Universal Credit; private rents unaffordable to many households on low income SAYS SHOCK COUNCIL REPORT

Radical changes to their housing strategy are being proposed by Bromley's Conservative-controlled council.  In a ground-breaking 'consultation' document on future strategy they say: private rents are unaffordable to many households on a low income, even if they receive the maximum possible welfare benefits. housing association rents have also increased meaning more homes which had previously … Continue reading HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS IN BROMLEY 2019: Around 6,000 households in the borough in rent arrears; Landlords less willing to accept tenants on Universal Credit; private rents unaffordable to many households on low income SAYS SHOCK COUNCIL REPORT

HOUSING IN BROMLEY: FUTURE SOLUTIONS – Lobby Government to raise local housing allowances; keyworkers to be let percentage of homes; (strategy report – Two)

Radical changes to Bromley council's housing strategy are being proposed. A 'consultation' document on future strategy published by the Conservative-controlled council lists current actions and proposed solutions and current actions. A wide-ranging list of proposed solutions - and actions which Bromley have already taken - include: Lobbying government to raise the Local Housing Allowance for … Continue reading HOUSING IN BROMLEY: FUTURE SOLUTIONS – Lobby Government to raise local housing allowances; keyworkers to be let percentage of homes; (strategy report – Two)

HOMELESSNESS IN BROMLEY: Many people do not perceive there is an issue, says report. Hidden homeless include sofa surfers. Major campaign planned to raise awareness / reduce stereotyped view (Housing strategy – Three)

Many people do not perceive there is an issue with homelessness in Bromley, says the report The perception of what constitutes a homeless household in Bromley is poor. Many members of the public confuse homelessness with street sleeping and do not perceive there is an issue. There is a widely held belief that homeless people … Continue reading HOMELESSNESS IN BROMLEY: Many people do not perceive there is an issue, says report. Hidden homeless include sofa surfers. Major campaign planned to raise awareness / reduce stereotyped view (Housing strategy – Three)

BROMLEY TO GET TOUGH WITH DEVELOPERS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING (Bromley housing strategy – four)

Housing officers in  Bromley will be expected to "robustly challenge" viability assessments put forward by developers who claim they cannot put affordable housing into any of their schemes, says the report. Bromley's Local Plan stipulates that, in schemes of over 11 units, or where the residential floor space is more than 1000 square metres, 35pc … Continue reading BROMLEY TO GET TOUGH WITH DEVELOPERS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING (Bromley housing strategy – four)

BROMLEY HOUSING: SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLE: Some older people regard asking for help as shameful. One person in severe difficulty refused a food voucher, saying he ‘would rather starve’ (Bromley housing strategy – Five)

Bromley has an ageing population. Many older people are living alone – in 2015, the number of people aged over 75 and living alone in the borough was estimated at over 13,500, and this is predicted to rise to 19,000 by 2030. The report highlights the diminishing amount of housing suitable - and available - … Continue reading BROMLEY HOUSING: SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLE: Some older people regard asking for help as shameful. One person in severe difficulty refused a food voucher, saying he ‘would rather starve’ (Bromley housing strategy – Five)

HOUSING STRATEGY: BROMLEY TO SET UP OWN HOUSING COMPANY? (Six)

Bromley council are to explore the possibility of setting up their own housing company. Their housing strategy report says they should explore the potential to set up a Local Housing Company, not just to build homes on council-owned sites, but to manage the homes for the council, ensuring high quality homes, security of tenure and … Continue reading HOUSING STRATEGY: BROMLEY TO SET UP OWN HOUSING COMPANY? (Six)

BROMLEY HOUSING: POINTS FROM THE REPORT (Seven)

Bromley has 22,000 acres of Green Belt land and the Local Plan is clear that this will not be used for residential development. There are also a large number of Conservation Areas and Areas of Special Residential Character, which restrict the amount of potential development in these locations. The council say they have reduced the … Continue reading BROMLEY HOUSING: POINTS FROM THE REPORT (Seven)

HOUSING STRATEGY – OPINION: Normally Bromley council are about as radical as a plate of scrambled eggs.

Radical is not a word one would normally associate with Conservative-controlled Bromley council. Normally Bromley council are about as radical as a plate of scrambled eggs. But Bromley are to be congratulated on their housing strategy 'consultation' document. It shows that Bromley have the same sort of housing problems as almost every other borough across … Continue reading HOUSING STRATEGY – OPINION: Normally Bromley council are about as radical as a plate of scrambled eggs.