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Resident ballot for Ebury Bridge to open the door to Mayoral Funding

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Architectural design for the new Ebury Bridge Estate

Published: 8 December 2022

Residents are being asked their view on revised plans as Westminster City Council holds a resident ballot on the Ebury Bridge estate.

Although the regeneration of the estate is already underway, the council is giving residents the final say on how the scheme will be delivered. This new ballot gives residents the chance to endorse the council’s proposals to increase the number of new council homes for social rent.

If residents vote in favour of the scheme, the council will become eligible for additional funding from the Mayor of London to significantly increase the number of new truly affordable homes available for residents.

The plan is to deliver just over 780 new homes, of which over 50% will be affordable. If residents vote in favour of the scheme, the number of new council homes for social rent could increase by around 130 (from 41 to over 170) and this is in addition to the 198 Council homes being replaced and updated for the council tenants who currently live on the estate.

The planned regeneration at Ebury will also deliver important facilities and spaces to support the health and wellbeing of local residents including a new community hub, nursery, play facilities, fitness centre and four high-quality public squares and pocket parks.

Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters, Cllr Matt Noble said:

“This is the second ballot we’ve introduced as the new administration and shows how serious we are about giving local communities more say on the future of their area. Consulting with residents and taking on board their feedback on proposed regenerations plans allows us to build even more social and lower rent homes needed for families in our city.”

The ballot will open on 23rd January 2023 and run for three weeks to give residents an opportunity to have their say. Two weeks before the ballot opens, residents will receive a ‘landlord offer’ which will set out the regeneration commitments residents will vote on. The Ebury Bridge regeneration team will also be on hand, holding face-to-face meetings, workshops with residents and meetings to talk through the support provided throughout the regeneration process.

The council recently launched its new Fairer Westminster strategy which sets out how the council will work with the local community to support them and tackle inequality, and the introduction of this resident ballot aims to deliver more Council homes for social rent and to build a fairer city for our residents to live in. As part of the new Fairer Westminster strategy, the target is for approximately 70% of affordable homes on council-owned developments to be for social rent.

The council’s new administration is committed to creating more truly affordable housing for residents on all its developments, having recently announced its commitment to increase the number of affordable homes in Westminster, taking the total to at least 1,490 new council homes for social rent. Read more.

  • Once regenerated, Ebury will remain a mixed tenure estate (with both market and affordable homes)
  • Across the council’s two major regeneration schemes, the funding could enable the delivery of over 300 new council homes for social rent (at least 130 at Church Street and 171 at Ebury Bridge)
  • The ballot decision at Ebury follows the council’s announcement to hold a ballot on the Church Street regeneration project which opened on 28th November 2022.