Planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Bexley this week, subject to Greater London Authority (GLA) and legal approval, for the final phase of the large scale regeneration taking place at Erith Park.
Work is expected to begin with main contractor Wates Living Space in Spring 2015 with the first homes of the final phase ready in Summer 2017. Along with the brand new homes, the development will also include a new community centre, a purpose built nursery and new central green space.
The scheme represents one of the largest projects of its type in London. It will include a mix of houses and low rise apartments for affordable rent, private sale and low cost home ownership. The London Borough of Bexley, Wates Living Space and the architects, Broadway Malyan will be working in partnership with Orbit on the project.
Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said; "This is fantastic news and has been made possible through strong partnership working and community engagement.
The prospect of such a diversity of new homes, community centre, green space and a nursery is very exciting. The end result will be attractive, change lives - and create a strong community feeling.”
Vivien Knibbs, Executive Director at Orbit South said: “We are delighted to have received planning approval to continue the work we’ve started at Erith Park. It will allow us to complete our plans to provide a community for the people of Erith where they will be happy to live and proud to call home.
“Once complete, it will become a new neighbourhood of streets and gardens with a public green space for all of the community to enjoy.”
Martin Bates, Director at architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said; “This green light will see a further 244 new homes being delivered for local residents and is the result of the strong team partnership between the project partners and our master planning and design experts. It’s the latest milestone in the delivery of a truly transformational project that will change lives and make a significant contribution to the Mayor’s vision for new housing in the capital.”
The second phase of the scheme proposes building 244 brand new homes, including 49 for private sale, 58 for shared ownership and 137 for affordable rent to local people, to create a truly mixed community. Residents starting moving into homes created during phase one of the regeneration in December 2014.