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Plans for 32 new affordable homes for young adults in Charlton have been approved by Greenwich Council.

The development at Sandpit Place has the specific aim of providing homes for young people who are struggling to make the first step on the housing market.

Three pieces of land were handed over to developers Meridian Homes Start in May to build more affordable homes in the borough.

Greenwich planning board approved MHS’s planning application to build 30 two-bedroom homes and two one-bed homes at the disused council site.

The first site approved was at Rochester Way in Eltham and together the two locations will have 62 new homes.

Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of Greenwich Council, said: “It is well reported that young people across the capital are struggling to find a home of their own in the current housing market, and so I am delighted that this approval means that young people in our borough will finally be able to have an opportunity to have a home of their own under this scheme.”

It is expected that demolition will begin soon, with first ground works anticipated to take place before the end of the year.

New residents are expected to be in their new homes in time for Christmas 2018.