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Peabody was granted planning permission on 14 August from the London Borough of Bexley to transform two hectares of public gardens in Thamesmead.

The first phase of the project will concentrate on Portmeadow Walk in Southmere and Mangold Way and Redpoll Way in Parkview. Usable outdoor spaces for people will be created with new seating, colourful planting, improved pathway lighting and attractive landscaped gardens.

Dr Phil Askew, Director Landscape & Placemaking at Peabody said: “This is the first phase of our South Thamesmead outdoor landscape gardens project and we’re so pleased to see it moving ahead. Our plans are going to improve the walkways and green spaces with new planting that will encourage insects as well as introduce colour. We have had really positive feedback from our trials which we’ve fed into our final plan.”

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Cllr Louie French said: “This is more good news for Thamesmead and regeneration in the borough. It is a great scheme that will make a really positive difference to the look and feel of the area for local people once it is complete.”

The project is expected to be onsite early next year.