Erith Regeneration Programme

The Programme

The regeneration of Erith Town Centre will create new coherent predominantly residential riverside communities, which will provide a mix of housing, new and improved business premises, community uses, and public transport improvements within a framework of new residential streets with an improved public realm.

Changes in Erith have already started to take place with the opening of a new London South East Colleges campus in 2014 and with the new developments underway at the former Swimming Baths site and Erith Quarry.

The Council has been successful in securing funding from the Greater London Authority to deliver a number of projects with the objective of making physical improvements to key areas of the town including streets and public areas. Further funding has also been secured from the London Enterprise Panel and Transport for London to stimulate investment in the town centre.

There are significant regeneration and growth projects taking place around Erith. These projects will set the tone for quality development by providing a mix of town centre uses, training and work opportunities and resolving some of the connectivity issues currently blighting the town. Funding from the LEP Growing Places Fund and TfL’s Major Schemesprogramme  have been secured to help to provide some physical improvements to the area. This project will help to plug some of the gaps by ensuring the outcomes of the physical regeneration result in tangible benefits for the existing and incoming population. The London Regeneration Fund (LRF) will finance major physical improvements to key areas of the town, particularly to the area between the Town Hall and the Post Office. It will also pay for activities designed to re-energise the area and to improve training and job opportunities for local residents. . Whilst the LEP and TfL funding will bring physical growth, the LRF will provide the platform for good growth with the ambition to make Erith a thriving and vibrant town centre once again.

The overall project consists of three interrelated sets of interventions entitled;

  • Physical Environment;
  • Work and Training; and,
  • Accessibility

Each set contains projects which have been designed to address the key issues of a place in transition, building a strong foundation for future projects. Each set complements and enhances the others.

Vision for Erith

The Council’s vision for Erith is to encourage housing and employment growth, allied with the provision of additional services, facilities and infrastructure, including an enhanced educational and leisure offer, to ensure the creation of a sustainable and healthier community. Key elements of this approach are the encouragement of mixed use developments within and around the town centre of high design quality which respect the areas built and natural heritage, improve accessibility, enhance environmental quality and maximise the recreational, ecological and flood management potential of the River Thames.

The regeneration of Erith Town Centre will create new coherent predominantly residential riverside communities, which will provide a mix of housing, new and improved business premises, community uses, and public transport improvements within a framework of new residential streets with an improved public realm.