Planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Bexley, subject to Greater London Authority (GLA) and legal approval, to transform a high-rise estate in Erith, London, UK, into a new community of houses and low rise apartments for Orbit South. The masterplan, detailed design for dwellings and landscape design have been delivered by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.
Once the demolition begins next year, seven tower blocks will be torn down and replaced with around 620 low rise homes in the £100m regeneration project. It will include a mix of houses and low rise apartments for affordable rent, private sale and low cost home ownership.
The first phase of the scheme proposes building 66 homes for sale, 82 for shared ownership and 195 for rent to create a mixed community, with the first homes ready in early 2015. Open green space, including the Dell nature area, will also be improved.
The plan, partly funded by the GLA, is designed to completely regenerate the Larner Road area and the five year scheme represents one of the largest projects of its type in London.
The London Borough of Bexley, Wates Living Space and Broadway Malyan will be working in partnership with Orbit on the project. The plans were developed with input from local people, including a design workshop run with residents by the Commission for the Built Environment.
Geoff Brocklehurst, Director of Architecture at Broadway Malyan, said: “The planning green light is a major milestone in the creation of a new family-friendly neighbourhood that will be safe, permeable and legible and is testament to our London-based team of design experts working in a close partnership with the client and wider project team.”
Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “Bexley residents will one day soon, have exciting, new, high quality, modern homes available to them. It goes to show what amazing results can be achieved when working in partnership.”
Vivien Knibbs, Orbit South Managing Director, said: “This milestone decision enables us to press on with our plans to create a thriving community. To say that Larner Road will be transformed is an understatement.”