Council lays out ambitious vision to create over 1,700 new homes

Local residents and businesses are encouraged to give their feedback on Westminster City Council’s ambitious transformation programme to provide over 1,700 new homes in the Church Street area, near Marylebone, over the next 15-20 years.

The council’s draft masterplan identifies nine regeneration sites and builds on the current development sites under way in, or nearby, the area.

The plan is part of the council’s aim to create a ‘City for All’, by building more affordable homes for local residents demonstrating that it is still possible to deliver homes of all types in the centre of London.

Thirty five per cent of all new homes will be affordable and existing council tenanted homes will be re-provided at social rent, with the option for all existing secure tenants to be re-housed in the scheme. Meaning that, in total, 50% of the homes will be affordable.

In addition to the new homes, the masterplan also looks to create a greener environment, boost the economy and employment opportunities, and improve access throughout the area by balancing the relationship between pedestrians, cars and bicycles.

The vision is to create a great place where people want to live, where communities will thrive and businesses will prosper.

Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Rachael Robathan, said:

“Church Street is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood and the masterplan looks to meet the needs of today’s and future generations in the area.

“The proposals set out together are the council’s largest regeneration scheme to date which will deliver over 1,700 new homes including 50% affordable housing overall, alongside new spaces and facilities for the community. Because of this, we genuinely want to understand the views of residents and local businesses so that they can continue to shape and influence their neighbourhood for the benefit of everyone who works and lives in this great part of Westminster.”

In summary, the masterplan will deliver, under its four overarching themes:

Health and Well-being

  • Up to 40% increase in publicly accessible open space
  • A health and well-being hub
  • A new community hub

Homes

  • Around 1,750 new homes, which includes:
  • Re-provided homes for existing tenants at social rent
  • Additional new homes – 35% will be affordable

Market and Enterprise

  • Improved street market with up to 220 stalls, 150 van parking spaces, 3,600m² storage facilities
  • Affordable and flexible workspace and business support facilities
  • A new cultural quarter centred around the antiques market and Cockpit Theatre
  • 3,500 construction – related jobs
  • 530 retail jobs
  • 7,000m² retail space provision

Making Connections

  • A 20mph traffic calmed zone
  • A new pedestrian priority street designed for Church Street market, pedestrians and cyclists which links Lisson Grove to Edgware Road

The public consultation will run for seven weeks, from Thursday 7 September to 29 October 2017. A series of public engagement events will take place at Westminster’s Regeneration Base and at other local sites. The dates and locations of these events are advertised locally and online.

The masterplan is available to view at churchstreetmasterplan.org.uk or at the Regeneration Base 99 Church Street or at the public events.