Making way for some cushti new flats, Rodney! Only Fools and Horses tower block where classic sitcom was set will be DEMOLISHED for nearly 5,000 luxury homes worth up to £1billion
- Harlech Tower in Ealing, west London, was used to portray Derek Trotter’s home
- In iconic sitcom, Del Boy was actually supposed to be from south-east London
- His home, the fictional Nelson Mandela House, was said to stand in Peckham
The tower block that was the original setting for classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses is to be demolished to make way for new flats.
Harlech Tower, which was used to portray the outside of the fictional Nelson Mandela House where Derek Trotter and his family lived, is to be torn down.
The block stands in Ealing, west London, although Del Boy’s home was supposed to be 13 miles away in Peckham, in the south-east of the capital.
The tower block used to portray Del Boy’s home (right) will be demolished this year to make way for new homes after it was made famous in Only Fools and Horses (left, Rodney Trotter and Derek Trotter in the block)
Harlech Tower (pictured, on the Only Fools and Horses set) is set to be scrapped to make way for new flats
It is part of Acton Gardens, formerly known as the South Acton Estate, which has been undergoing redevelopment since 2012.
Ealing Council granted outline planning permission for 1,950 homes in December, with more than 3,000 planned for the future. Part of the regeneration will see Harlech Tower demolished.
About half the new homes will be sold to private buyers and the rest are earmarked for affordable housing for the estate’s 5,000 existing residents.
The homes are being built ‘tenure blind’ with new private owners living next to council tenants.
By the time the homes are finished in the mid-2020s, they are expected to be worth about £1 billion.
Barton Willmore, who secured planning permission on behalf of Acton Gardens LLP, said it was a ‘major step forward’ for the redevelopment.
Bob McCurry, planning director, said: ‘The council’s resolution to grant planning permission for this exemplar scheme not only heralds a milestone in the continued regeneration of this area, but also means we are a step closer to delivering new homes for 8,000 people and helping to provide a large proportion of the Borough’s affordable housing provision.’
The Ealing tower block (pictured, left) falls in an estate that has been under regeneration since 2012. It was made famous portraying the home of Rodney, Del Boy and Uncle Albert (right)
Mark Ludlow of Acton Gardens LLP, added: ‘We genuinely welcome Ealing Council’s decision which enables us to create more affordable and private homes at Acton Gardens, without comprising on quality, design and public amenities.
‘London’s housing needs have changed considerably since the original masterplan was conceived, so this revised masterplan will deliver a scheme that more closely matches the community’s needs and desires.
‘The complex and lengthy application process has been skilfully managed by Barton Willmore with the desired result that new homes can be delivered for those looking to live in this thriving location.’