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Balmoral Castle and Darwin House proposals

Following a petition received in October 2018, Westminster City Council committed to redeveloping the site of the Balmoral Castle pub. This has created an opportunity to explore providing more community supported housing in the area.

We want to work with residents to make sure this happens in a way that benefits the community, and particularly the residents of Darwin House.

Drop-in sessions

We ran our first round of drop-in sessions throughout August, September, and October 2019. These sessions were the first step in working with residents to develop designs.

We are currently running our first round of formal consultation, presenting emerging proposals that are informed by your feedback from 2019. We welcome you at one of the sessions outlined below.

Upcoming drop-in sessions

  • ​Thursday 6 February 2020, 10am to 2.30pm, Churchill Gardens Youth Club, Churchill Gardens Rd, SW1V 3JA​
  • Saturday 8 February 2020, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Churchill Gardens Youth Club, Churchill Gardens Rd, SW1V 3JA​
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020, 5pm to 8pm​​, WCC South Area Service Office, 137 Lupus Street, SW1V 3HE​ 

If you can't make it to one of these sessions, you can download the boards and email us your comments at balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk

For the latest news on the project you can download our newsletter or email us with your questions at balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk

Section 105 consultation

Section 105 of the Housing Act (1985) requires the council to consult specifically with tenants who rent a property from the council (secure tenants) where development or housing management proposals include new programmes of maintenance, improvement or demolition or a change in the landlord’s practice or policy that are likely to affect secure tenants.

We are therefore providing all secure tenants with an opportunity to provide feedback on our proposals by 31 March 2020. Please note that there will be further consultation later in the year, where you will have more opportunities to share your feedback on these proposals as they develop.

If you are a secure tenant and would like to provide feedback on these proposals, please email us at: balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk

After 31 March 2020 the project team will consider all responses before coming back for further consultation. The council will then confirm the submission of a planning application. The council’s planning team will send a letter to all secure tenants when the application is submitted.

Project documents

We have received some requests for documents relating to this project. You can find the links to these below.

If you want to see what we presented at our earlier consultation, you can download the boards (PDF, 3.4MB) from 2019. Our latest boards from the February 2020 drop-in sessions are available to download now as well. These present our most recent proposals for the site.

For our latest commitments on this project, please see the note from Cllr Robathan.

Project brief document for Balmoral Castle and Darwin House proposals

Download the project brief document

Please note that the following sections in the above document were indicative and are subject to change as the proposal progresses:

  • programme requirements and key dates
  • construction information.

For our latest commitments on this project, please see the note from Cllr Robathan.

If you have any questions about the information in the above document, please email us at balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk 

Last updated: 20 February 2020