Church Street regeneration

The regeneration of the Church Street area is a key priority for Westminster City Council.

Over recent years, and working closely with the local community, the council has progressed a number of regeneration projects for the area, as part of the Futures Plan (2012).

Building on the progress made so far, we have an ambitious masterplan for the Church Street area. This will be delivered over the next 15-20 years.

1. Church Street masterplan

The Church Street masterplan creates a framework for all development in the Church Street area.

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

The masterplan builds on the Futures Plan which was agreed in 2012, other developments underway in or nearby the area, and those that will start in 2018. It provides a renewed focus for the regeneration of Church Street.

In developing the plan, a masterplan team reviewed all the earlier plans, emerging policy changes at local, regional and national levels as well as identifying opportunities for additional residential development in the area.

The area was also designated as part of the Edgware Road Housing Zone by the Greater London Authority in 2014. This will release significant new funds to invest in the infrastructure needed to bring forward new homes – particularly affordable homes – for local people.

Overall, the plan will deliver:

  • around 1,750 new homes of all types, including more affordable homes for local people
  • a 40% increase in publicly accessible open space
  • an 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
  • 7,000m² retail space provision
  • a health and well-being hub and a new community hub
  • improved access throughout the area by balancing the relationship between pedestrians, cars and bicycles.

A seven-week consultation on the masterplan took place between 7th September–29th October 2017.

Following the consultation, a consultation report was produced and revisions made to the masterplan. These were both considered at a Cabinet meeting on Monday 4th December 2017 and are available to view here.

Church Street Masterplan

Church Street Masterplan Consultation Report

An appendix document to support the Consultation Report will be published here soon.

2. Ashbridge Street, Cosway Street and Ashmill Street

The council consulted on proposals in October to redevelop the semi-vacant site between Cosway Street and Stalbridge Street, and 2 Ashbridge Street (locally known as the BT building) for new homes.

Both proposals form part of the wider Church Street masterplan. In addition to these proposals, the council also sought comments on proposals to build new homes on the Ashmill car park site. The proposals for Cosway Street intend to maximise the potential of the site by providing up to 53 brand new homes for sale. Ashbridge Street will be developed alongside Cosway Street, and will deliver 26 new homes, all of which will be affordable. Both proposals intend to deliver much-needed new homes to Westminster, and will help the council meet its targets for new homes in the borough.

You can view the exhibition boards ahead of a planning application this Winter.

3. Luton Street and Fisherton Street

The Luton Street development site lies between Luton Street, Samford Street, Penfold Street and Bledlow Close. Linked to this site is also a car park site along Fisherton Street.

Both schemes gained planning approval on 13th February 2018.

The developments will consist of 171 new homes of which 62 will be affordable.

With building set to get underway later this year, the scheme will also provide additional improvements and facilities for the local community.  

In detail the features of the Luton Street and Fisherton Street schemes approved 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.
  • A sunken and secure car park beneath the residential building.

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. 

The scheme has been developed by the council and it’s ALMO CityWest Homes in partnership with developers Linkcity (part of the Bouygues Group). The Luton Street Working Group has been active in its consultation of the developer’s proposals for the site. 

Visit Luton Street regeneration website for more information.

4. 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.

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.

5. Green Spine

Westminster City Council 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.


9. 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.

10. Community programme

The Church Street regeneration fund, in association with the Church Street Futures Group, supports two community based awards schemes aimed at encouraging arts and culture, and health and wellbeing and/or environmental activities in the Church Street Ward area.

To learn more visit:

CREATE Church Street - arts and culture

The Neighbourhood Keepers programme

11. 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.

12. Contact us

If you have any questions or ideas relating to the Church Street regeneration programme, please contact

Last updated: 21 March 2018
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