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Inviting film makers to use the neighbourhood as a location for films and videos
Published 2nd February 2012 | Community Events
Housing association, Orbit South, has had approaches from several film makers interested in using Larner Road as a set location. As a result, Orbit has signed up with locations agency, Unitbase Ltd, to market the estate and negotiate with potential customers. Larner Road is about to undergo a massive regeneration with the first homes being completed in spring 2015. At the moment, the estate is emptying out prior to the demolition, so it presents a perfect opportunity to generate income for the local community. It also gives film makers a great space to work without inconveniencing local residents.
Regeneration Project Manager for Orbit, Caroline Field, says; “We have been told that there is a particular demand for urban realist sites. We can offer a range of different spaces and it is an attraction if they can do internal and external shots in the same location. All the money we earn will go into local community projects.”
Larner Road resident, Tracey Kember, says; “We’re really excited about filming at Larner Road. As everyone moves out, it’s good to have something interesting happening on the estate. Any money we earn will go towards community projects. We’ve got lots of ideas for the regeneration and how we can improve the quality of life for everyone who lives at Larner Road. This extra income will mean we can invest even more in the neighbourhood.”
Work on the site is due to start in 2013 with the first homes being ready in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, residents are moving from the first blocks to be demolished. Orbit Homes is achieving their target of helping at least ten households a month move to new homes to enable the work to begin.
The current high rise flats and bedsits will be replaced by a mix of about 288 family homes with private gardens and approximately 340 low rise apartments. The transformation of Larner Road is a partnership between the local community, London Borough of Bexley and Orbit, and is being funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.