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Bexley council issues 'last resort' compulsory purchase order to develop Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone

PUBLISHED: 12:35 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 20 April 2017

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1,600 homes have been earmarked for the site

Plans for hundreds of new homes in Abbey Wood and Thamesmead have been given a boost as the council seized land earmarked for major residential development.

Last year the council approved plans from housing group Peabody to begin a major development in the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead housing zone.

It is expected to bring 1,622 homes to the towns, as well as shops, a new library, transport improvements and over 900 jobs, and £500million of investment into the area through commercial projects.

Ahead of the approval, Peabody subsidiary Gallions Housing Association began gathering the land needed around the first phase of its development in Southmere, where 525 homes will be built.

But the housing group struggled to get all the land necessary for other housing areas in Binsey Walk, Coralline Walk and Sedgemere Road.

Now the council has used its powers to acquire the land without the owner’s consent, in order to speed up the area’s development.

According to Peabody, most of the buildings in each of the roads are now empty.

A spokesperson from the council explained: “The vouncil uses compulsory purchase powers only as a matter of last resort and following unsuccessful attempts to purchase properties by agreement from their owners. Peabody has been negotiating with residents and businesses in the area to try and reach agreements.”

In addition, council documents read: “A CPO is the only way to ensure the land is available for comprehensive redevelopment of the scheme permitted by the planning permissions and secure the regeneration benefits associated with the scheme.

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