New Build Investor Guide – Bexley
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Bexley is one of 20 outer London boroughs and is located in south east London. Spanning over 23 square miles, it is the 7th largest borough by area. The borough is south of the river Thames and borders the county of Kent to the south, the river Thames to the north and the London boroughs of Greenwich and Bromley. It includes the districts Thamesmead East, Sidcup, Erith and Bexleyheath. It is within the Thames Gateway, which is an area earmarked as being a priority for regeneration.
Bexley’s population is forecast to grow by nearly 11% by 2030
|Forecast Population 2030||276 493|
Economically Active Population
A largely young, diverse, mobile population.
|Age Range||Percentage of population|
|16 – 64||63%|
Average Life Expectancy
The average life expectancy for those born in Bexley between 2016 and 2018 are below.
|Males||80 (UK average is 79). Males in Bexley have the 25th longest life expectancy of all London boroughs.|
|Females||84 (UK average is 83). Females in Bexley have the 19th longest life expectancy of all London boroughs.|
Population Density (2011)
Bexley has 4,099 people per km2. Lower than the London average of 5,701 people per km2 and the 6th lowest density of all London boroughs.
International Migration (2018-19)
1,171 new residents from overseas moved to Bexley in 2018 -2019. The second lowest of all London boroughs.
Country of Birth
|Location of Birth||Proportion of Population|
|UK and Ireland||87%|
Crime & Safety
|Crime Numbers (April 2017 – March 2018)||14,517|
|Crime rate per 1,000 population (April 2017 -March 2018)||59|
|Bexley has the 3rd lowest crime rate per 1,000 people of all London boroughs.|
|Primary Schools||73 (10 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
|Secondary Schools||23 (3 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
|Schools and Colleges (16-18 years)||19 (3 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
|Population considering themselves in very good health||48%|
|Population considering themselves in very bad health||1%|
Employment & Economy
76% of working aged people employed (compared to 75% across England 74% across London).
Top 4 Sectors of Employment
|Public administration, education and health||30%|
|Finance, banking and insurance||23%|
|Distribution, hotels and restaurants||16%|
In 2020, there were 20 companies in the borough employing more than 250 people and 10 companies employing between 50 and 249 people. (source: nomisweb.co.uk).
Jobs and Job density
Aproximately 41,218 residents of Bexley also work in the borough. 26,239 people travel into the borough each day for work and 62,403 residents work outside the borough. The daytime population of the borough therefore decreases by 36,164 people each day. (source: data.london.gov.uk).
|Median Gross Annual Pay for full-time employee jobs (2017)||£31,365|
|Number of jobs in the borough (2019)||92,000|
|Jobs per resident||0.49 (London average 1.03 and UK average 0.87)|
|Number of residential properties in Bexley||97,850|
Property Ownership (2018)
|own property outright (no mortgage)||35%|
|own property with mortgage||39%|
|rent from a Housing Authority or the Local Authority||13%|
|rent from a private landlord (representing approximately 12,400 private rentals)||13%|
|Household with no car or van (2011)||24%|
|One person households||28%|
|One family households||65%|
|Other (sharers / students etc)||7%|
Average House Prices
Average house prices in Bexley are the 2nd cheapest of all London boroughs and rose by nearly 7% between January 2020 and January 2021.
|Average achieved price January 2020||£336,664|
|Average achieved price January 2021||£359,197|
Volume of Sales
During the COVID pandemic, the number of property transactions fell by 18%, the 9th largest fall of all London boroughs.
|Number of residential sales to year ending September 2019||2,980|
|Number of residential sales to year ending September 2020||2,454|
Achieved Rents (January to December 2020)
Mean monthly average rents in the borough:
|London Median Rents
(per calendar month)
(per calendar month)
New Build Developments in Bexley
There are only three large new build apartment developments in Bexley currently available for sale.
Eastside Quarter (Bellway)
|Total Number of Apartments||518 (408 private)|
|First launched||May 2019|
Average Prices – Eastside Quarter
|Price per ft²||£427||£487||£562|
Abbey Wood – Southmere Village – (Peabody)
|Total Number of Apartments||525 (290 private)|
|First Launched||February 2021|
Average Prices – Abbey Wood – Southmere Village
|Price per ft²||£499||£542||£581|
|Total Number of Apartments||27|
|First Launched||October 2020|
Average Prices – Boomtown
|Price per ft²||£389||£563||£702|
Environment & Leisure
Bexley has over 4 square miles of greenbelt land and is home to:
Over 100 parks and open spaces
3 leisure centres
Bexley’s overground stations are in Zones 4, 5 and 6 .
|Abbey Wood||Albany Park|
There are no underground stations in the London Borough of Bexley
The Conservative Party