Church Street renewal

Church Street residents backed the first phase of the regeneration proposals when they voted in May 2013. 

25% of residents voted, with 87% of those in favour of the proposals. The positive vote means an exciting package of proposals which are designed to improve the neighbourhood will be turned into reality.

Phase 1 will provide improvements to the area's streets, parks, green spaces and the market, build more affordable, energy efficient homes, boost employment opportunities and build new community facilities.

It is also the start of a 15 to 20 year vision, known as The Futures Plan, which details the full plans for Church Street, Paddington Green and Lisson Grove that will improve the neighbourhoods' opportunities.

1. Luton Street

The Luton Street development site lies between Luton Street, Samford Street, Penfold Street and Bledlow Close.

The development will consist of approximately 150 new homes of which 57 will be affordable, as well as a 3 court Sport England compliant sports hall and community space.

The Luton Street Working Group has been active in its consultation of the developer’s proposals for the site and the developer is due to commence the next stage of the design process this month. It is expected that the planning application will be submitted in November 2016, with work due to start on site in March 2017. The final development will be completed in March 2019.

Key features of the proposed development include:

  • A U-shaped block to the west where new homes will surround an attractive green courtyard.
  • A new pedestrian route through the centre of the development between Salisbury Street and Fisherton Street to connect with the Church Street Green Spine.
  • A residential block to the east linking the different levels which front onto Bledlow Close at the lower level and back onto the new pedestrian street.
  • New townhouses will replace poor quality existing garages on Capland Street and market trader sheds on Samford Street. The market trader sheds are being relocated to Venables Street, replacing the garages behind Tesco.
  • A sunken and secure car park beneath the residential building.
  • Retaining most of the historic railway brick walls surrounding the site including Church Street site 1 and Fisherton Estate.
  • £2.4m of block improvement works to the 6 existing council owned residential blocks surrounding the Luton Street development site.
  • Following completion of the next design stage in October, there will be further consultation with the Luton Street Working Group and the wider community prior to the planning application being submitted.

2. Lisson Arches

The redevelopment of Lisson Arches and 4 Lilestone Street is now underway. This will include replacement new homes for residents of Penn House, 1,300sqm of enterprise space for local businesses and a new community/healthcare hub.

In order to start work on the development, the team has to move major utilities housed under the site. This is a long and complex job. Work is well advanced, however, it will be some months until the new building starts to take shape.

It is anticipated that building works will now start in March 2017, with a predicted completion date of November 2018.

Once complete, the site will include:

  • Replacement homes for older people (44 flats) and a manager’s flat to replace the accommodation currently in Penn House.
  • 14 private flats for sale for over 55 year olds.
  • 45 residential units - 19 private, 11 intermediate rent and 15 social rent.
  • Public realm and landscaping improvements across the redevelopment.

The hoarding around the Lisson Arches site currently features Face Forward, a public art exhibition featuring portraits of local people created by photographic artist and resident of the area Emma Blau, which was funded by the council.

3. Green Spine

Westminster City Council has appointed Landscape Architects BDP to develop a design for the Green Spine project which is part of the award winning Church Street Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan.

The Green Spine will be a new park that creates a pedestrian focused route running north-south through the Church Street area linking Lisson Gardens, Broadley Gardens, Church Street, the new Luton Street development, Fisherton Estate and Orange Park.

The Church Street Green Spine Charter developed by Westminster City Council in conjunction with the local community sets the vision for the project and identifies a preferred approach to its future management.

The BDP team is now speaking with the local community and key stakeholders to hear thoughts and views on the Green Spine study area which will be used to inform how design ideas are developed. 

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4. Tresham Crescent

The first new building to open as part of the Church Street regeneration is located on Tresham Crescent.

It was constructed using an innovative modular build which took just 6 months and was mostly constructed off site to minimise disruption to local residents.

The location now provides 3 key services for the local community:

London Early Years Foundation nursery

The building is home to the London Early Years Foundation nursery, which relocated from Luton Street in January. The nursery offers 2 spacious rooms, a sensory room and plenty of outdoor space for children to play.

The service is very popular with local families and has already seen a big increase in the number of children using the service.

It is open 5 days a week from 8am to 6pm for children from birth to 5 years old. For more information visit their website.

Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities

The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities opened in Tresham Crescent in May, providing a variety of different support options to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities. For more information visit their website.

Pentecostal Church

When it opened, part of the building was vacant. This space is now the temporary home for a Pentecostal Church, which will use the building for 2 years whilst a new home is being built as a part of the Dudley House redevelopment in Paddington Basin.

5. Orchardson Street

A group of local residents worked closely with the appointed architects to create 3 modern, energy efficient family homes.

Each home has 3 sizeable bedrooms that can accommodate large families (2 adults and 4 children) and the outside spaces are creatively designed to make best use of sunlight.

All 3 homes meet the current LGA Housing Space and Lifetime Homes Standards. These standards set out the minimum size for new homes built in London and ensure homes are thoughtfully designed to create and encourage better living environments.

Viewings

The project team is delighted to offer you the chance to view the homes and see first-hand the quality of the properties to be built as part of the on-going regeneration of the area. To view the new homes, please get in touch using the email address in the Contact us tab below.

6. Venables Street Market Trader storage

Behind Tesco Metro on the corner of Church Street and Venables Street, is a group of single storey garages which have not been used for a number of years.

Temporary planning permission for 5 years has been granted to replace the garages with 25 single storey shipping containers in blue, green, red and orange, providing much needed storage for the Church Street market traders. The containers will be designed to control the temperature, noise levels and ventilation.

The design has been developed following extensive engagement with residents, market traders, UKPN, Westminster City Council, CityWest Homes and the Metropolitan Police.

This temporary storage facility will replace existing storage used by the market traders on Samford Street, which will make room for the Luton Street redevelopment. A permanent storage facility will form part of the next stage of the Church Street redevelopment.

Demolition of the garages is now underway, with completion of the whole scheme expected in October 2016.

7. Church Street Employment Service

  • Do you live in the Church street area and want individual and personalised support to help you into employment? 
  • Do you want to work but need some help to find and keep the right job?

If the answer is yes, the Church Street for All Employment Service can help you develop your strengths and find the right opportunities.

The Church Street for All Employment Service offer:

  • Your own free personal coach for up to a year
  • Work at your pace, to your interests
  • Help finding voluntary work placements and training to meet your career goals
  • Help with interview travel expenses and clothing
  • Help to identify, define and articulate goals that suit you
  • Benefits and income maximisation advice
  • Coaching for personal and professional development
  • On-going support when you are in work

If you're interested or would like more information, come along to the Regeneration Base at 99 Church Street or get in touch using the email address in the Contact us tab below.

8. Church Street Regeneration Base

Come along to 99 Church Street where members of Westminster City Council’s regeneration team are on hand to answer any questions you have about the regeneration plans for your area.

The base is also home to the Church Street for All Employment Service which offers employment support and advice. See the tab above for more information on this service.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For more information, please visit the base or get in touch using the email address in the Contact us tab below.

10. Contact us

If you have any questions or ideas relating to the Church Street renewal programme, please contact Michele Lawrence at mlawrence1@westminster.gov.uk.


Last updated: 13 September 2016
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