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Council approve plans for 13-storey housing development in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 15:10 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 18 June 2018

How the new building is expected to look. Picture: Bexley Council

How the new building is expected to look. Picture: Bexley Council

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Plans to build a 13-storey housing development on the former Bexley Civic Centre in Bexleyheath were approved last night (Thursday, June 14).

Plans to build a 13-storey housing development on the former Bexley Civic Centre in Bexleyheath were approved last week (Thursday, June 14) in what the council believes will help families wanting to find “good quality, affordable accommodation.”

Once completed, the development will be the tallest building in Bexleyheath and will bring more than 500 new homes to the borough.

Planning applications were first submitted in December last year, and include proposals to demolish the existing structure to build 518 homes along with a car park, communal areas and facilities.

The site is situated to the eastern end of the Broadway, Bexleyheath and is currently occupied by a commercial wholesaler.

Developer Bellway Homes estimate in proposals that 296 jobs as well as 160 construction jobs will be created as a result on the new building.

The plans to build on the site were approved during a council meeting.

A spokeswoman from Bexley Council said: “When approving the Bellway development, the planning committee had to be mindful of planning legislation and the Mayor’s suggested London Plan which favours even larger developments with no parking.

“There is a need for local housing in the borough with many Bexley residents and their families struggling to find good quality, affordable accommodation, which is why the council is committed to providing more affordable homes, and has approved the 518 homes on the former Civic Offices site in Bexleyheath town centre.

“The scheme includes 110 affordable homes and new commercial floorspace. The application will now be the subject of a review by the Mayor of London, as is normal with a scheme of this size.”

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