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Council Leader visits Erith regeneration scheme

The Leader of London Borough of Bexley Council has visited Erith to see the progress on site of a new development of apartments, which is transforming a tired and dated high-rise estate in the borough.

Left to right: Maggie McCann, Director of Regeneration & Partnerships at Orbit; Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE; Councillor Sue Gower, Cabinet Member for Communities; Natalie Flint, Residential Investment Director, Wates; Paul Richards, Group Director of Customer and Communities, Orbit

Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, attended the ‘Park East’ development along with Councillor Sue Gower, Cabinet Member for Communities.

The Councillors met the team who have maintained progress on site throughout the Covid pandemic and who are now getting ready to welcome the first residents this month.

Park East is the latest joint project by Orbit and Wates Residential. It is being developed by the same team responsible for the success of neighbouring Erith Park on the former Larner Road estate in Erith.  Both schemes have taken tower block estates and transformed them into attractive new communities with modern, high specification homes set in attractive landscaping.

Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, commented: “It was great to visit this new development and see the fantastic progress first hand. This is a great example of the kind of good growth we want to see in the borough. Not only has it provided attractive new homes in an area that was in need of regeneration but also some great new outdoor space for residents to enjoy.”

When complete, Park East will include a total of 320 apartments for sale, shared ownership and rent.  All the homes have a large balcony or terrace and the use of attractive communal gardens.  For families there are the added attractions of the Active Horizons community centre, Jacqueline Gems Childcare nursery and the play and ecology areas of Erith Park.

Sales launched on 21 August and both shared ownership and market sale homes are selling well.

Paul Richards, Group Director of Customers and Communities from Orbit, added: “We were delighted to welcome the Leader and Cabinet Member to Park East, which alongside Erith Park is not only delivering over 900 new homes, but also providing work experience, apprenticeships and supporting a range of community projects and local businesses, which will benefit the whole community. Delivering Park East has been an extraordinary challenge and the Council’s support and encouragement has been vital every step of the way.”

Helen Bunch, Executive Managing Director, Wates Residential, said: “Like Erith Park, Park East is going to be a shining example of successful regeneration in Bexley through mixed tenure development. It’s in one of the most affordable places to live in London, and the impressive sales centre here brings to life what living at Park East will be like.

“Everyone deserves a great place to live and we want people to enjoy these spacious apartments that have been created to be adaptable with hybrid working in mind. Hyperfast broadband is ready and waiting to go live just as soon as people move in.” 

Prices start at £257,500 for one bedroom apartments and £297,000 for two bedrooms. 77 homes are Shared Ownership properties which will be available to purchase via Orbit Homes, whilst a further 64 private sale properties are available to purchase through Wates.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 protection measures, please make an appointment to visit the sales centre.  Contact Jeanette on 01322 771472 https://parkeast-erith.co.uk for private sales and Jane on 01322 771474 https://www.orbithomes.org.uk/park-east/ for shared ownership.

For anyone local not quite ready to buy, there are also London Living Rent apartments available, where people can rent whilst saving for a deposit.  Register your interest for these at londonliving@orbit.org.uk

Other rented homes will be let to local households nominated by London Borough of Bexley Council through Bexley HomeChoice.