Proposals made for 200-home tower blocks next to Abbey Wood railway station

By Joe Coughlan, Local Democracy Reporter

Developers want to construct two new blocks of flats stretching up to 21 storeys high beside Abbey Wood’s Elizabeth line station.

The blueprint, submitted by Abbey Wood Sedgemere Limited, would deliver up to 200 new homes on the site in Sedgemere Road, Bexley.

The project would include blocks between seven and 21 storeys tall. It also plans to introduce a new public realm and landscaping in the area, as well as affordable housing.

The developer said the scheme’s design was made to reduce the visual impact from the nearby Lesnes Abbey, while also stopping the new buildings from feeling ‘overly blocky’.

Abbey Wood Sedgemere Limited said in a statement: “A number of height options have been tested which identified a taller, elegant building as the most attractive potential addition to the local skyline.

“Its unique location beside Abbey Wood rail station means it could lead to further improvements and investment for the local area.”

Bexley council previously gave permission for up to 219 flats to be built on the site in 2016, but the plans were never carried forward.

The site, which sits beside the borough’s border with Greenwich, currently includes a car repair workshop and storage buildings.

The developer said it aims to formally submit a planning application for the scheme to Bexley council later this year.

Pictured top: A CGI of the planned blocks in Sedgemere Road (Picture: Abbey Wood Sedgemere Limited/Danescraft/GRID Architecture)

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