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Housing estate's new lease of life

PUBLISHED: 10:39 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

SITE FOR SORE EYES: How the Ferrier Estate will look.

SITE FOR SORE EYES: How the Ferrier Estate will look.

COUNCIL bosses have given the go-ahead for the re-development of a 1970s council block.

COUNCIL bosses have given the go-ahead for the re-development of a 1970s council block.

The master plan for the redevelopment of the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke was granted planning permission last Monday.

But detailed permission was only granted for the first phase of the development, which is due to start in June and last for approximately three years.

This will consist of 449 houses and apartments, with 220 for private sale and 229 as affordable homes.

Architects from the firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands drew up the masterplan that is due to be completed in 15-20 years.

This includes replacing 2,000 old homes with 4,000 new ones, with the first set to be ready in 2010. Also promised are approximately 300,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space, a new school, new community facilities, healthcare facilities, sports pitches, leisure facilities, a new transport interchange and eight hectares of new public open space.

Demolition work began last month - two years after Berkeley Homes bought the site in February 2007.

Greenwich council approved a compulsory purchase order in April 2007 for the £1billion regeneration plan.

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