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New build block of 42 flats in Erith set to be approved

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Bexley Council will next week consider plans for 42 flats in Erith from Orbit Housing Association.

Council Officers recommend approval of the block located at 156 – 168 West Street And 1-6 St Francis Road.

Despite being a Housing Association development just 50% of homes are so-called “affordable” and even then only 70% of that number (so about 35% of the overall number) is “affordable” rental.

Given “affordable” can be up to 80% of expensive market levels, it stretches the definition of affordable for many people. Social rent levels are set below 50% of market rents, and this development lacks them.

The transport assessment assumes just five cars will be used from 42 flats in the morning peak.

Public transport accessibility is rated 2 out of 5. Erith station is 600 metres away.

Bexley’s recently adopted Growth Strategy plans 6,000 homes in Erith.

Flats are split:

  • 1 x 1 bed
  • 26 x 2 bed
  • 5 x 3 bed flats

24 parking spaces are included.

The planning reference is 18/01437/FULM

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