THE go-ahead was last night (Monday Dec 4) given for 1,750 new homes – more than half of which will be affordable - in the heart of Westminster together with a new “cultural quarter” in a development set to create more than 4,000 jobs.
Westminster City Council’s cabinet gave its approval for the Church Street masterplan – the authority’s largest regeneration scheme to date.
At its heart is the construction of 1,750 new homes of all types. This will include new homes for current social tenants affected by the regeneration, an additional 600 new affordable homes and homes for private rent and sale.
Beyond housing, the Church Street master plan – which outlines the future of the area over the next 15 to 20 years – envisages both a major expansion in open space and a boost for the local economy.
Headlines in the plan include:
The development includes a significant amount of new publicly accessible open space and a new pedestrian priority street designed for Church Street market, pedestrians and cyclists which links Lisson Grove to Edgware Road.
Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The approval of the masterplan follows a seven-week consultation period this autumn, and I'm heartened to know that local people are supportive of regeneration in the area. We continue to engage closely with people who live and work in the Church Street area, and their advice and input will be crucial as we progress with consultation and delivery on individual sites in the masterplan.
“Church Street delivers the council’s number one priority of affordable housing. The construction of new homes is supported by the creation of a greener environment and more leisure and retail opportunities. Church Street is one of the strongest and most vibrant communities in Westminster with a strong sense of community cohesion, and these plans aim to build on and support that - this is an area which people will be proud to call home.
“It is also great news that thousands of jobs will spring from this major work – whether from the construction itself, or the leisure and retail areas being created alongside the housing. As ever, we will keep talking to residents of Church Street to ensure their voices are heard as work proceeds.”
You can see the Church Street masterplan at Westminster.gov.uk/church-street-renewal.