Plans from Orbit Homes and Wates to demolish the post-war Arthur Street estate in Erith have been shown at a public consultation. This estate regeneration follows  a similar regeneration scheme nearby which resulted in the Erith Park development.

The scheme is forecast to cost £73 million scheme and involves demolishing three 13-storey blocks and all other low rise buildings.

Photo courtesy Orbit

International architectural firm HKR Architects are behind both the masterplan and design of the scheme.

Orbit and Wates Residential expect to submit a planning application to Bexley Council in summer 2018.

There is talk of 280 homes but little detail beyond that of tenure except mention of “affordable rent” which varies widely in terms of cost. Is it social levels? Or almost “market” levels? Near market rent excludes vast numbers of people given the so-called market is propped up by central government at high cost.

Click here to see Orbit’s Facebook page on the scheme. Future consultations should occur in coming months.

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