Approval of key regeneration scheme in Church Street

Wed, 14/02/2018

The site of a former disused coal store adjoining Marylebone Station, off Luton Street, combined with a car park site at Fisherton Street, is set to be transformed to provide 171 high quality new homes, 35% of which will be affordable.

Westminster City Council’s planning committee last night (Tuesday 13th) unanimously gave the green light to plans which form part of the Council’s ambitious wider framework for the regeneration of the Church Street area. These are built around a masterplan to deliver 1,750 new homes over the next 15-20 years. More than half of these new homes will be affordable.

The plans to redevelop the site at Capland Street, Bledlow Close and Luton Street as well as a car park along Fisherton Street, will deliver a mix of affordable homes, and over 60% will be council homes provided at social rent.

With building set to get underway later this year, the scheme will also provide additional improvements and facilities for the local community. In particular, £3m will be invested into better public realm, with a ‘green link’ - a planted pedestrian and cycle corridor heading north to south through the site – alongside wider improvements to neighbouring, existing blocks, and the creation of a new three-court sports hall and community facility.

Councillor Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The Luton Street scheme demonstrates that we can deliver more good quality and truly affordable housing in the heart of London creating a city for all. The development has been a long time in the making involving many years of close engagement with local residents and has very much been developed with the needs of local families in mind. The Council is committed to enabling better neighbourhoods with new and high quality housing supported by the right infrastructure.

“The scheme also marks a significant step forward for us in regenerating the Church Street area and building on its unique character. Church Street is one of the strongest and most vibrant communities in Westminster with a strong sense of community cohesion. Our aim is to build on and support that.”

The site currently comprises 14 affordable homes which will be re-provided, as well as two vacant buildings that were formerly used for community use and vacant storage sheds.

The scheme has been developed by Westminster City Council and it’s ALMO CityWest Homes in partnership with developers Linkcity (part of the Bouygues Group).

A spokesperson for Linkcity commented: “We are delighted that members of the planning committee have given their support to our proposals for the Luton Street site, which is a key step in the wider Church Street regeneration.

“The decision recognises the extensive level of community engagement and consultation we have undertaken in the last two years, culminating in a high-quality, landmark scheme which will deliver a range of new homes alongside community facilities and public realm.

“We look forward to working with the local community and stakeholders as the development progresses and works begin on site later this year.”

In detail the features of the Luton Street and Fisherton Street schemes approved last night include:

  • 171 new homes including 62 affordable homes: 43 new social rent homes (including 14 re-provision homes) and 19 intermediate rent homes.
  • £3 million contribution to infrastructure and public realm funds which includes a new landscaped green link between Fisherton Street and Salisbury Street, to connect with the planned ‘green spine’ in the surrounding area, and a 3-court sports hall and community space.
  • Preservation of large sections of the historically important existing coal yard walls.
  • £2.4m of block improvement works to six existing council owned residential blocks surrounding the Luton Street development site.

The Luton Street development comprises a mix of different size homes. All homes will meet the latest standards with good thermal and sound insulation as well as modern kitchens and bathrooms. And all residential homes will benefit from the same high quality architecture and design. Sprinkler systems will be fitted to both residential blocks.

Last updated: 27 February 2018