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Unpopular' estate faces bulldozers for regeneration plan

PUBLISHED: 15:24 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

MORE than 100 new homes are due to be built after a council gave the green light for part of a dilapidated estate to be bulldozed. A large chunk of the unpopular Ramsden estate in Orpington will be demolished to make way for the new houses which will

MORE than 100 new homes are due to be built after a council gave the green light for part of a dilapidated estate to be bulldozed.

A large chunk of the 'unpopular' Ramsden estate in Orpington will be demolished to make way for the new houses which will be for families.

Plans for the regeneration of the area - the 'Ramsden revival' masterplan - had been put on hold due to the recession but at a council meeting last Wednesday, the planning committee agreed to the destruction of 207 flats and five terraced houses in Tintagel Road.

A planning report submitted before the meeting recommended permission for the demolition and stated the current flats and houses were 'unpopular and badly designed'.

They will be replaced by 111 two to four bedroom houses along with 119 car parking spaces and a new access road from Rye Crescent and Cuckmere Way.

Neil McCall, group operations director for Affinity Sutton, which provides services to Broomleigh, said: "We are delighted for our residents that the planning application for the final stage of our Ramsden regeneration scheme has been approved. This is the culmination of nearly a decade of work by our staff and resident groups."

The estate has a reputation for being rundown and crime-ridden and it is hoped the new development will improve the quality of life for residents.

Sergeant Russell Lamb, (pictured),

who leads Orpington Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "The most impactive crimes across the ward are burglaries from sheds and garages and motor vehicle crime.

"The Ramsden Estate suffers a slightly higher instance of these crimes than the rest of the ward, but then there is more densely populated housing in the area. Having said that, motor vehicle crime features quite heavily in and around the Westwell Close area."

A topic of discussion on the website knowhere.co.uk is one of buildings that should be demolished in Orpington, and the Ramsden estate features regularly.

One resident wrote: "All of Ramsden Estate preferably with all residents still in it... apart from me of course!"

There were no objections from residents about the proposed redevelopment.

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