I made my third green belt visit to Bexley and Bexleyheath in southeast London. Bexley is 34 minutes by train from Cannon Street Station in the City of London, with a further 10 minute walk (or short bus journey) to the nearest area of green belt. The walking route from Bexley station to the nearest area of the green belt takes you by a large municipal park, followed by playing fields, so there is no shortage of recreational space in the area. It must be said that the part of the green belt I saw from Gravel Hill on the way up to Bexleyheath, is most attractive with trees spaced at intervals over a large area. But as in the case of my previous green belt visits to Hadley Wood and Dagenham East, the area I could see is not actually being used for any purpose.
Area of green belt between Bexley and Bexleyheath
Houses in the area are reasonably priced (for London), with prices ranging from £200,000 for a decent terraced house, and £300,000 to £350,000 for a three bed semi or detached bungalow. The houses I found overlooking the green belt (in the photo below) would presumably be more costly, given the quality of their view.
Houses overlooking green belt
So again, as in the cases of Hadley Wood and Dagenham East, we have an area of green belt that is fairly close to central London for commuting purposes and is at present not being put to any use. At least some of this space could surely be used for development as family homes with gardens.
Michael Ingle – email@example.com