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Plans on show for Erith regeneration providing over 300 new homes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2018

An image of how Arthur Street may look. Picture: JTP

An image of how Arthur Street may look. Picture: JTP

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Plans for the regeneration of the Arthur Street estate in Erith will go on display at a public consultation event on Saturday September 1.

Orbit, which owns and manages around 4,600 homes across the borough, is holding the drop-in session with its development partner Wates Residential between 12noon – 3pm in the new Erith Park community room on Dell View Road, formerly known as Larner Road, opposite the Arthur Street estate.

Built in the late 1960s, Arthur Street consists of three 13 storey tower blocks and a number of low rise blocks providing 263 one and two bed flats with some three bed maisonettes.

Despite substantial investment since the transfer from Bexley in 1998, many components are now failing and the blocks no longer meet modern standards.

The proposed regeneration will feature 321 new homes, of which 80pc will be for affordable rent and shared ownership with associated parking and public open space.

Maggie McCann, Orbit’s development director, said: “Since we last consulted with the local community on our proposals in July 2017, we have been working closely with colleagues at London Borough of Bexley, the Greater London Authority and Wates Residential to ensure our plans meet all planning requirements and that we can deliver the best possible scheme.

“The regeneration of Arthur Street is part of our wider investment plans for the borough of Bexley.

“As one of the largest housing providers and landlords in the borough we are investing in Bexley for the long-term, creating sustainable communities where people will be proud to live.”

The project which is set to benefit from more than £10m from the Greater London Authority’s Affordable Homes Programme and the government’s Estate Regeneration Fund.

Orbit and Wates Residential intend to submit a planning application to London Borough of Bexley by December.

If anyone would like to view the proposals but is unable to attend the public consultation, the plans will be made available to view online at www.orbithomes.org.uk/publicconsultations and via the Facebook page ‘Arthur Street Future’ from Monday September 3.

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