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Erith Park nominated for London Planning Award

Bexley’s Erith Park, has been shortlisted for Best New Place to Live in the prestigious London Planning Awards.

Now in its 14th year, the London Planning Awards celebrate the capital’s top planning and development projects.

The large-scale regeneration of the former Larner Road estate into Erith Park has transformed an ex-local authority high-rise estate suffering from low demand and a poor local reputation. The two-phase development replaces eight high-rise blocks with 588 homes for rent, shared ownership and market sale.

Completed in December 2015, the fully occupied 334-home Phase One, is recognised in the London Planning Awards.

Caroline Field, Orbit’s Regeneration Project Manager, said: “Over ten years in the making, Erith Park is a flagship regeneration development that continues to make a positive difference to the lives of our customers, and local people in Erith. Orbit and our partners are incredibly proud of Erith, so to see it recognised in this way is a fantastic achievement.”

Erith Park is the largest regeneration scheme undertaken by 39,000-home Orbit, the UK’s second largest developing housing association, building around 1,500 new homes a year.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “It is only fitting that a city as exciting and dynamic as London is home to so many innovative developments. Good planning and design is going to be critical in building the thousands of new and genuinely affordable homes for Londoners as well as creating the work space and culture venues our city needs.”

The scheme is delivered in partnership with Wates Residential, London Borough of Bexley and the local community. Orbit has invested over £90m along with £28m affordable housing funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said; “I’m delighted that Erith Park has been shortlisted for this award. It took a lot of work to bring those tower blocks down and we were told we couldn’t do it. I’m so very glad that we did and extremely proud that our achievement is being recognised in this way.”

Paul Nicholls, Regional Managing Director, Wates Residential said: “Erith Park is very special to the Wates Residential team and we are very proud to have been part of such an ambitious and successful regeneration project. The new homes we are currently developing, both for private sale and affordable rent, continue to transform this once challenged neighbourhood and we look forward to welcoming more residents to their high-quality new homes.”

Despite the stigmatised location of this development, all homes in Phase One were reserved or sold ahead of programme with over 400 applicants per rental home.

The second and final phase of the development is due for completion in 2018. Reservations for the remaining homes are being taken now and in the New Year for shared ownership properties.

The acclaimed awards are organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Winners will be announced at a ceremony held at City Hall, London on 27 February 2017.

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