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Only Fools And Horses tower to be bulldozed

Place in history: Harlech Tower with Del’s van outside in sitcom’s titles PICS: SWNS/ BBC

IT’S news that might have a shocked Derek Trotter exclaiming: ‘Pot pourri!’

The block of flats that was the original setting for Only Fools And Horses is to be demolished to make way for new homes.

Harlech Tower was used to portray the exterior of the fictional Nelson Mandela House where Del Boy and Rodney lived with Uncle Albert.

Gaff: The tower and (below) the Trotters

It is part of an estate that is being gradually redeveloped in Ealing, west London, 13 miles from the brothers’ old Peckham stomping ground.

The building will be pulled down after outline planning permission was granted last month for developers to build 1,950 homes on the site, where 3,300 are planned for the future.

About half of the new properties will be sold on the open market but the rest will be affordable housing for the 5,000 residents of the Acton Gardens estate.

They will be built ‘tenure blind’, with homes for council tenants and private buyers mixed in together.

So if prosperous Only Fools character Boycie buys a plush pad there, he might find Del Boy living next door.

Planning firm Barton Willmore, which secured the permission on behalf of Acton Gardens LLP, said it was a ‘major step forward’. The company’s Bob McCurry added: ‘It 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.’

Mark Ludlow, of Acton Gardens LLP, said that housing needs had moved on since the old estate was built.