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Better For Business - Spring 2019

Added on: 20th February, 2019 by O1

Better For Business - Spring 2019

BID Manager Chris Travers with Jo Johnson MP discussing the new High Street Fund.

Last Updated:
Tue, 26 March 2019

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Orpington 1st Business Improvement District: Representing your views.

The BID holds regular meetings with senior representatives to ensure that the voice of our town centre businesses is being heard.

Most recently the BID team have met with Rajesh Argawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Jo Johnson MP, the new CEO of Bromley council Ade Adetosoye OBE, and the new BCU Police commander David Stringer. If you have a question or comment you do not need to wait for a meeting. Contact us any time on 01689 829527, or email chris.travers@orpington1st.co.uk


THE BID team would like to thank all of you who engaged in the consultation process: below is a summary of the response from Orpington 1st.

• The MHCLG proposal diminishes the power of local planning authorities and partnerships to influence changes in property use, the consequences of which can have long term economic and social effects.

• There is merit in ensuring underused office space can be converted to housing quickly. Unfortunately, the PDS introduced in 2013 and its proposed extension, has not been limited to vacant offices but is being implemented in areas most profitable
to developers; and

• The impact is a loss of wealth generating hubs for employment and innovation and the undermining of the vitality of town centres as it unintentionally affects the ability to ensure well balanced mixed use schemes.

• Decisions on town centre evolution and change of use should not reside at national government level or with individual stakeholders, but instead be decided at a local level in line with the vision and strategy of a Local or Neighbourhood Plan that has been developed with a clear understanding of local dynamics.

• We are supportive of limiting the permitted development right to offices that have been vacant since 30 May 2013 to prevent further harmful disruption.


Earlier this month we joined colleagues from BIDs across London and key strategic partners at an event hosted at City Hall by the GLA. Joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Rajesh Agrawal (Deputy Mayor for Business) and Jules Pipe CBE (Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills), the event provided an opportunity to hear the latest views and news direct from the Mayor’s team and the chance for the BID community, on behalf of its thousands of levy payers across London, to debate and shape the response to the big challenges facing London including:

• Business Rates
• High Street Fund
• The Mayor’s Housing priorities - planning and town centres;
• TFL – delivering the Mayor’s Transport Strategy;
• High Streets for All – adaptive strategies. including an update from the Metropolitan Police Commander Mark McEwan on how the engagement with BIDs can shape and support the policing of our towns.

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