Coming up: Bexley backs estate regeneration

South London housing estate's 1960s-built high and low rise blocks are set to be replaced with more traditional streets of homes.

New buildings on the Arthur Street estate will range from three to nine storeys (PIC JTP)
New buildings on the Arthur Street estate will range from three to nine storeys (PIC JTP)

Bexley Council has given the go ahead to plans to regenerate the Arthur Street estate, in Erith, south London, replacing 1960s tower blocks and low rise buildings with 320 new homes. Housing association Orbit and housebuilder Wates Residential have formed a partnership to deliver the regeneration, with JTP as architect and masterplanner. The estate’s three 13 storey tower blocks and other lower rise buildings are in a poor state of repair. The masterplan envisages a return to a Victorian structure of streets, with new buildings ranging from three to nine storeys. JTP partner Rebecca Taylor said, "The historic Arthur Street will be reinstated as a human-scale street lined with front doors, creating a vibrant and active street scene supported by pockets of green space and a central park." It is expected that 80 per cent of homes will be for affordable rent and shared ownership. The regeneration is set to benefit from more than £10 million from the government’s estate regeneration fund and the Greater London Authority’s affordable homes programme.

Developer Peel Land and Property has won consent to develop a hub building for small businesses at its Wirral Waters regeneration, in Birkenhead. The three storey building, which will be built next to Wirral Metropolitan College, will provide an incubator facility for the region’s entrepreneur sector, including co-working space and larger suites. The facility is designed by Glenn Howells Architects and planning consultant Turley acted for Peel in the planning submission.

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