Our vision and ambition: building homes for the people of Westminster
Our programme will deliver modern affordable homes built to the highest standards. We are building homes for people at all stages of life. We want everyone to have the opportunity to make Westminster their home, from young people just starting out, to families, and older people in need of supported housing.
Highlights of our programme include:
- Ebury Bridge, where we are delivering 750 new homes in Pimlico, around half of these affordable, working in partnership with the local community. Ebury Bridge residents have actively participated in the consultation process to date, and local residents alongside the wider community will continue to be at the heart of the project
- Church Street, where we will transform the area with our ambitious masterplan, including the delivery of around 1,750 new homes and a 40 per cent increase in publicly accessible open space
- across the city we are striving to deliver high quality homes, exceptional public spaces for our residents, and great places for those who work in and visit the city
A ladder of opportunity for all
Westminster is an incredible place to live.
Living in Westminster opens up opportunities for residents and their families. Yet those not living in social housing and unable to afford to buy or rent in one of the world’s most expensive city centres, can find these opportunities are out of their reach.
To thrive, our city needs all kinds of people to live here, from people working at our schools and hospitals, to those establishing businesses and contributing to our local economies. The strongest communities are those which are mixed, with people from all social and economic backgrounds living alongside each other.
By 2040, we want to have delivered more than 20,000 new homes with at least 35 per cent of these being affordable. This challenging target exceeds the London Plan target in the first 10 years. 60 per cent of new affordable homes will be ‘intermediate’ (that’s below market rate), either housing for rent or sale, and 40 per cent will be social rent or at London Affordable Rent.
Located in the heart of the capital and home to one of the oldest and largest regular street markets in London, Church Street is full of life and character.
When asked what matters most when thinking about how we could improve Church Street, you said the most important thing is providing new homes, which should be genuinely affordable and of high-quality. We responded with a vision to create a place where people want to live, where communities will thrive, and businesses will prosper.
The Church Street Masterplan was published in early 2018. It aims to deliver real change by creating great places, opportunities for a healthy prosperous lifestyle, new homes and new jobs.
We are continuing to work closely with the community as we develop our plans, which include proposals for around 1,750 new homes and creating a 40 per cent increase in publicly accessible open space.
In partnership with Ebury Bridge residents, we are taking forward an ambitious renewal programme that will see 750 new homes built at Ebury Bridge with at least 342 of these affordable.
We are working to create a vibrant, modern neighbourhood for both the existing community and new residents.
These plans will provide more affordable housing and aim to bring about the long-term physical, economic and social sustainability of the area.
Our ambition is to set a new standard in estate regeneration.
We are working with residents and businesses in a meaningful and transparent way, to improve public spaces, provide new community facilities, and breathe new life into the Ebury Bridge estate.
Tollgate Gardens was recommended for renewal within Westminster City Council’s Housing Renewal Strategy 2010. Residents were supportive of regeneration, and planning approval was granted in 2013 to deliver 248 homes – a net gain of 106 homes - alongside community facilities and public realm improvements.
Tollgate House, on the estate, was retained. It is being externally-refurbished with communal improvements including a new entrance, balustrades, painted public areas, estate landscaping, and a community centre. Internal works to homes are limited to units on the ground floor of the block where studio flats have been enlarged to 1 bed units.
All other blocks at Tollgate Gardens have been redeveloped and replaced with modern buildings with more homes, both for social and intermediate rent and for private sale, all built around the new landscaped central public space. The scheme is expected to be complete in 2020.
Dudley House is the council’s first entirely affordable residential development which opens in early September 2019. Delivering 197 affordable homes for rent in the vibrant Paddington Basin neighbourhood, residents will benefit from a central London location for an affordable price.
Studio, 1 bed and 2 bed homes are on the market for 'intermediate rent' – a below-market offer designed to help people who wouldn’t otherwise be able afford to rent in Westminster. This makes them an ideal home for public sector workers or professionals who want all the benefits of living in the centre of town without the prohibitive price tag.
Located just 200 metres from Paddington Station, Dudley House is a commuter’s dream.
Residents will have the advantage of affordable and quick commutes, as well as all the amenities living in central London can offer.
At Parsons North, the council is converting an underused car park into 60 new-build homes just off the Edgware Road, providing much-needed new affordable homes for the area.
The brand new building will have ten homes for social rent, nine for intermediate rent and 41 private-sale homes. There will be new retail space along the Edgware Road, in addition to the new homes.
Planning permission was granted in 2017, following extensive consultation with local residents.
Proceeds from the sale of the private homes will be re-invested into other projects in Westminster, such as landscaping improvements in the local area and new affordable housing schemes across the city.
Parsons North is due to complete in spring 2021.
Proposals for 300 Harrow Road include creating over 100 new homes, including affordable housing in a range of sizes to meet the needs of local families.
There are plans for a new nursery and community space, as well as improving landscaping, and opening up space onsite enabling residents better access to Regent’s Canal.
We consulted with the local community for feedback on our ideas for 300 Harrow Road throughout Spring and Summer 2019. We ran a design workshop, and spoke to residents at local events to help shape the latest designs.
Comments on our proposals are still open, and we will be feeding them into our designs until late Autumn 2019.
You can view the latest proposals here and contact us at [email protected] to submit your questions or feedback.
Proposals for Luxborough Street include 14 affordable new homes at intermediate rent for local residents, and a new community space in the heart of Marylebone.
This 100 per cent affordable scheme is part of the council’s wider small sites programme, aiming to deliver 200 new affordable homes across Westminster by 2021.
The council has been working closely with the community to ensure the proposals take account of local views. The biggest change to the original proposal is the addition of community space, added in response to feedback from local residents.
In August 2019 we submitted our planning application for the site, which you can search for on the Westminster City Council planning portal. Comments on the application are open until mid-October 2019.
If you have any questions on the proposals, or would like more information, please contact us at [email protected].
Beachcroft House is a state-of-the art, 84 bed, dementia-friendly care home in Maida Vale, being built by our construction partner Durkan. It is set to open in 2021.
Consisting of a mixture of housing types for older people, Beachcroft House will accommodate the residents of 2 existing facilities due for redevelopment - Carlton Dene and Westmead. Dedicated garden space has been designed to stimulate residents suffering from dementia, and the development boasts an attractive Maida Vale location, with good transport links for residents and their families.
Beachcroft House is partially funded by the sale of 31 new private homes at The Masefield, located next door. The new facility is being built following a major review of housing stock for older people in the city, and seeks to tackle social isolation, illness and frailty. It will create homes where people can adapt the kind of assistance they receive as their needs change, while staying in the same location and within the same community.