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South East London regeneration expansion secured

Words: Laura Edgar

Berkeley Homes East Thames has secured planning permission to expand the £1 billion Kidbrooke Village development in south-east London.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has granted Berkeley Homes planning permission for an additional 763 homes to the 4,000 homes originally planned when the Kidbrooke Village scheme was granted permission six years ago.

The additional housing has come about in response to Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s requirement that vast developments of estate regeneration projects should be maximised to their full potential.

Berkeley Homes has worked with Barton WIllmore on Kidbrooke Village since the project began over 10 years ago, providing town planning advice.

In partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Mayor, the scheme aims to create a “thriving new community in place” in place of the Ferrier Estate.

The new homes will be built over three phases with a 21-storey tower being developed in Kidbrooke Village Centre. An additional 255 homes will also be built at the centre of the village, as well as a further 12,000 square metres of shops, community and commercial space.

The development will see a total of 23 acres of new parkland and public open space created, including the planting of 1,000 trees.

Greg Pitt, associate in Barton Willmore’s London office, said: “Kidbrooke Village has led the way in showing that by working closely with local people on a scheme that is underpinned by really high-quality design and a commitment to the public realm we can deliver an estate regeneration that the community can be proud of. This scheme has achieved the twin aims of more than doubling the number of homes that were on the site while creating a place that people really want to live in.”