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Have your say on £73million plans to replace Arthur Street tower blocks with 270 flats

PUBLISHED: 11:28 24 October 2017

Artist's impression of the Arthur Street redevelopment

Artist's impression of the Arthur Street redevelopment

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A public consultation event takes place next weekend

Arthur Street in ErithArthur Street in Erith

Demolition plans for three Erith tower blocks which could be replaced with hundreds of homes will go on display next month.

Housing developers Orbit, which oversaw the transformation of Larner Road into Erith Park, hopes to knock down Arthur Street’s three 13-storey tower blocks and surrounding low rise blocks, destroying 263 homes.

In a proposed £73million project, the developer wants to build at least 270 new apartments, 80 per cent of which will be affordable rent and shared ownership.

The plans will go on display at an open event in Peareswood Primary School Peareswood Road, Erith between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday, November 4.

Built in the late 1960s, Arthur Street is mostly comprised of one and two bed flats with some three bed maisonettes.

Orbit says it is working with residents to find them alternative housing within the borough if the proposal is approved.

Maggie McCann, Orbit’s development director, said: “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, working locally to create sustainable communities which meet both need and aspiration.”

Orbit has appointed Wates Residential to help develop the proposed scheme which is set to benefit from more than £10m from the government’s Estate Regeneration Fund and the Greater London Authority’s Affordable Homes Programme.

Speaking after the GLA grant was issued in July, mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I want to see everyone playing their part in tackling the housing crisis in London, because it is simply unacceptable that Londoners continue to be priced out of a city they call home.

“We know that solving the housing crisis is not going to happen overnight, but I very much welcome so many housing associations and councils matching my ambition by committing to build the new and genuinely affordable homes Londoners so desperately need.”

Orbit intends to submit a planning application to Bexley council in the summer of 2018.

The proposals will be available to view in full on line at www.orbithomes.org.uk/publicconsultations and the Facebook page Arthur Street Future from Monday, November 6.

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