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£150m regeneration gets go ahead for Beckenham's GlaxoSmithKline site
A £150M regeneration scheme for the old GlaxoSmithKline site has been given the green light after 14 months of public consultation.
Under the plan by property developer Altessen up to 179 new homes will be built on the land along with a doctor’s surgery, a village green with a bandstand and footpaths and cycle paths.
The homes on the 26.6 acre site, off South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, will be of varying sizes and include 64 three to four bedroom houses, 36 five bedroom houses and 25 six bedroom houses.
Thirty-six apartments are proposed with a mixture of two and three bedrooms.
The development will also comprise of 79 affordable units with 46 affordable rent and 33 shared ownership in a mix of one, two and three bedroom units.
The regeneration also includes a community hall, a pre-school and a sports academy, which will use the existing pavilion.
Coaching at the academy will cover a range of sports and will be in partnership with groups including Kent Cricket Board, FA Academies and Park Langley Tennis Club.
Altessen (a joint venture between Altyon and Essential Land) hopes to finish the building work by 2015.
Portfolio holder for renewal and recreation Councillor Peter Morgan said: “This land has been unused for a number of years and this new scheme will transform the site and deliver a high quality living environment, which will add to the distinct character of Beckenham.
“Rejuvenated leisure facilities and well thought out housing will enhance the local area, which underpins our aims for the borough.
“Consultation with local residents has been ongoing throughout the entire process, with residents rightly demanding a first rate scheme in keeping with its key location.”