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Thamesmead set for 1,500 new homes as council gives go-ahead - and there's good news for the rest of the borough too

PUBLISHED: 10:42 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:58 26 October 2016

An artist's impressions of the first phase of Southmere Village, the first phase of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.

An artist's impressions of the first phase of Southmere Village, the first phase of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.

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Four planning applications were submitted in May

An artist impressions of the first phase of Southmere Village, the first phase of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.An artist impressions of the first phase of Southmere Village, the first phase of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.

Plans to build more than 1,500 homes across four sites in Thamesmead were given the green-light on Tuesday.

Phase one of the development, known as Southmere Village, is expected to bring 525 new homes to the area, with 230 of them affordable.

A further three applications will bring around 1000 new homes.

As well as homes, the developments ar expected to bring commercial spac and a new library, creating new jobs and opportunities to the area.

How Abbey Wood could look once the Elizabeth Line is up and runningHow Abbey Wood could look once the Elizabeth Line is up and running

There are plans to create better links for pedestrians and cyclists to Abbey Wood train station, which is set to be part of the new Elizabeth line.

Peabody, which acquired land there in 2014, made planning applications in May.

Work to build Southmere village is expected to start next year, with all works completed by 2024.

“This is just the start of our commitment to Thamesmead and its residents at what is a really exciting time, with the Elizabeth line opening at Abbey Wood station in December 2018 and the DLR extending to Thamesmead in the next ten years” commented Peabody’s Thamesmead executive director, John Lewis.

He added: “Thamesmead will be better connected, opening up new opportunities to residents and to businesses looking to invest. We hope this will be the catalyst for Thamesmead fulfilling its promise as London’s new town.”

Local Labour councillor Danny Hackett praised the council’s approval.

He said: “Thamesmead is a unique place with a unique history and heritage which should never be eroded, the plans put forward by Peabody pay homage to Thamesmead’s past and also position it perfectly as a new and thriving part of South London.”

Leading Bexley council, Teresa O’Neill said: “We know London faces significant housing pressures and are committed to being part of a future that makes quality places where people choose to live and work.

“Essential to this is infrastructure, which is why we are lobbying to ensure the Elizabeth line doesn’t stop at Abbey Wood but continues into Kent, stopping at Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green.”

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