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Concrete laid as 500+ home Bexleyheath development rises

Courtesy @Coinford

Concrete has been laid and structures rising as Bexleyheath’s contentious 518-home development begins to rise.

The site formerly housed Bexley Civic Offices and is opposite Lidl and Cineworld.

Lidl on right from this angle

Bellway are developers behind the scheme and have named it Eastside Quarter. Of course they have. Just 22% of homes are “affordable” and none at social rent levels.

Retail is planned at street level with nine shop units which will shift the town centre area further east.

Bexley Council have adopted greatly enhanced home building targets under a “Growth Strategy“. Most though are not focused in Bexleyheath but in area north of the borough. The authority is seeking greater income to mitigate cuts from central government funds.

Income includes:

  • £4.2 million from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
  • £3.1 million from New Homes Bonus income
  • £790,000 annually in council tax income.
  • Nine retail units bring in £79,000 in business rates.
  • An undetermined amount of Section 106 income

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