12 Lee Neighbourhood Plan

The full neighbourhood plan is 253 pages long. There are many sections, including local history, design guidance, background and priority projects for the area. If you don’t have time to read it all, you may want to concentrate on the planning policies sections (scroll down) since it is these that the council consider when deciding whether to approve or refuse planning applications. If either of these documents are not displaying properly on your device, you can download the PDFs here and here.

Examples of Policies and Design Guides that will guide Council decisions on local planning applications (the policies are what you are invited to vote on):

  •  Identify and protect almost 80 local heritage assets that are not mapped in other council plans including buildings, bridges, a sundial, waymarkers,
  •  Map local community centres and amenities so they are not lost to development.
  •  Provide for local businesses to stay onsite during redevelopment by developing sites in stages.
  •  Should Sainsburys decide to redevelop its site, that a supermarket be retained on the site.
  •  Improve safety through improved infrastructure at Lee Green and Burnt Ash/ South circular junctions and along Lee High Road.
  •  Bring about biodiversity improvements and increased access along the River Quaggy and Hither Green railway sidings.
  •  Map all local  green spaces, enabling their easier protection eg in Milborough Crescent, Pitfold Road and Dermody Gardens.
  •  Bring vacant and derelict sites back into use by encouraging ‘meanwhile’ uses.
  •  Identify sites for new housing that matches local housing and design aspirations.
  •  Should the owner of the BMW garage site at Lee Green apply to develop it, that public access be allowed where the river Quaggy borders the site.
  •  Apply specifically local design guidance for seven distinct sections of the Lee Forum area, recognising what is uniquely special about each area.
  •  Improve public realm on Staplehurst Road, Burnt Ash Road, Lee Green crossroads and Lee High Road.
  •  Reduce the impact of tall buildings through setting back higher stories and maximum heights.
  •  Encourage diversity of businesses and cultural activities eg through requiring varied planning use classes.
  •  Attempt to retain existing trees and hedgerows on development sites.
  •  Increase biodiversity eg require large developers to provide it on site or elsewhere in the forum area.
  • Create healthy and safe routes linking the area’s key destinations eg train stations, parks and retail areas.
  •  Consider allergy sufferers when assessing species included in public realm planting schemes.
  •  Improve night and daytime safety on local streets through design eg with lighting and residential overlooking.

Examples of Priority Projects and Recommendations Actions that can be used additionally by the Community to attract funding and stakeholder engagement to pursue local aspirations:

  •  New public realm in Lee Green town centre at Osborne Terrace.
  •  Improved bus links to Maritime and North Greenwich and Bexleyheath.
  •  Improved links from the local area to the Elizabeth Line.
  •  Increased community led activities particularly youth provision.
  •  Investment in community consultation and nature around the River Quaggy and Hither Green sidings.
  •  Proptected community assets  eg playing fields north of Eltham Road.
  •  New conservation areas to protect local heritage including on Lee High Road and Lee Green town centre.
  •  Encourage councils to use their powers to tackle substandard housing and derelict buildings.
  •  Work with arts providers to encourage cultural diversity in local retail centres.

*Please note LTNs do not fall within the remit of neighbourhood planning*

Full Lee Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Policies