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Housing plans push on at former Erith depot site as search for designer begins

PUBLISHED: 15:25 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 08 August 2017

Walnut Tree Road

Walnut Tree Road

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The council hopes to end its search by the end of the month

Plans to build new homes alongside a busy college campus in Erith are being pushed forward by councillors this month.

The abandoned former depot site on Walnut Tree Road, near Erith Town Hall, has been earmarked for new homes by the council, as money continues to be pumped into the town.

Altogether more than £6million has been secured for the town’s redevelopment, £4.2million of which the council will have to pay back to the London Enterprise Action Partnership, after borrowing the money from its Growing Places Fund.

The mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund contributed £1.96million to improving the town, with further investment from Transport for London to the roads and other travel infrastructure.

A design team has already started drawing up plans for Erith station’s forecourt, and the town pier, considered the longest pier in London.

The council has set a deadline of the end of the month for design teams to come forward with their suggestions for the expected housing development in Walnut Tree Road.

Linda Bailey, cabinet member for growth and regeneration, said: “This is a very early stage of something extremely exciting for Erith.

“The land is currently overgrown and not used and yet it sits near the station and in the middle of a busy town, that we hope will become even busier.

“It’s the ideal place for much needed houses and offers the chance to improve the surrounding space.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what the contractors will submit.”

Planning applications and consultations will need to be made before any work begins at the site, near London South East College’s campus.

The town is already preparing for 600 homes to arrive when The Quarry development is completed.

The nearby London and Quadrant development is promising a new primary school, offering up to 630 places for pupils in the town, with the first homes expected to open by the end of 2017.

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