Hopes to replace Erith tower blocks with more than 200 affordable homes boosted by £10million grant

PUBLISHED: 16:17 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 17 July 2017

Arthur Street in Erith

Arthur Street in Erith


Developers claim the three blocks “no longer meet modern standards”

Hopes of levelling three Erith tower blocks and replacing them with new, affordable homes received a near-£10million boost from the mayor of London last week.

Developers Orbit, which has overseen the demolition of tower blocks and redevelopment of nearby Larner Road since 2013, hopes to remove three 13-storey tower blocks from Arthur Street and replace them with 280 new homes.

Built in the last 1960s, the street currently provides 263 homes, but developers warn “many components are now failing and the blocks no longer meet modern standards”.

Orbit hopes 80 per cent of its new homes will offer affordable rent and shared ownership, with associated parking and public open space.

Last week Sadiq Khan announced the developer was to receive £14.6million under the Greater London Authority’s affordable homes programme.

Proposals for Erith will receive a £9.64million share of the grant.

Maggie McCann, development director at Orbit said: “We want the Arthur Street estate to be a great place to live now and for future generations. The regeneration of Arthur Street looks beyond bricks and mortar and will encourage an inclusive community for people who wish to work in London and live in a neighbourly community.”

Paul Nicholls, regional managing director, added: “The regeneration of the Larner Road Estate and subsequent development of Erith Park is the perfect example of what good development really looks like with both the area and community having seen a vast improvement in their surroundings and Erith Park becoming a highly desirable place to live.”

A consultation on plans for Arthur Street is expected to go ahead in the coming months, before developers put in a planning application to Bexley council next summer.

Mr 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.”

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