Westminster City Council’s Major Applications committee has given approval for 77 new homes as part of the wider regeneration of Church Street. Over 35% of these new homes will provide a mixture of affordable homes, ‘intermediate’ homes for keyworkers and new Council homes for social rent. Delivery of these homes will be spread across three sites, Cosway Street, Ashbridge Street and Ashmill Street, all of which have not previously been used for housing. The redevelopment at Cosway Street will see 49 new homes built for sale, whilst Ashbridge Street will support 26 new homes, all of which will be affordable. Furthermore, two new homes will be created on the site of the Ashmill Street Car Park, both of which will be affordable. This approval means that the City Council remains on course to reach its target of providing 1,850 affordable homes by 2023. Overall, more than half of the homes delivered through the Church Street Masterplan will be affordable. Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration, said: “Church Street is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood and the Masterplan looks to meet the needs of existing residents as well as providing more homes for future generations. “Approval for these schemes see the City Council moving from concept to delivery. Our focus is on creating high quality homes, including many new Council homes which will benefit local communities and make Church Street an even better place to live for both existing and new residents. “The progress made with these sites is an important milestone, and there is more to come as we develop in more detail, along with the community, the sites identified in the Church Street Masterplan.” Notes to editors: Westminster City Council wants to ensure opportunities for people on different incomes to live and work in Westminster, and will be providing truly affordable rental options based on median wage in that area. The community has been involved in shaping all three sites, which have had resident-led working groups that have addressed issues of design, management and public space provision as part of the scheme development process. The groups have met with designers and council officers who are delivering the scheme, and have discussed their key concerns. Throughout delivery of the schemes and the Masterplan as a whole, the community will be continuously involved. Public consultation and exhibitions were also held on both schemes at the Regeneration Hub at 99 Church Street, the Council’s dedicated programme office.