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Westminster plans for 1,700 new homes

Words: Laura Edgar
Church Street  / press release

Westminster City Council has published its plans to build 1,700 new homes in the Church Street area, near Marylebone, as well as to deliver a community hub.

The council is looking to local residents and businesses to supply feedback on its draft masterplan, which identifies nine regeneration sites in the area and aims to build on current development sites over the next 15 to 20 years.

It forms part of the council’s overall bid to create a “city for all” by building more affordable homes for local residents, showing it is still possible to deliver homes of all types in the centre of London, said the council.

Of the 1,750 homes, 35 per cent have been designated as affordable. Existing council homes will be re-provided at social rent, with the option for all existing secure tenants to be rehoused in the scheme, taking the number of affordable homes to 50 per cent.

The masterplan comprises four themes: health and well-being; homes; market and enterprise; and making connections.

It looks to deliver up to a 40 per cent increase in publicly accessible open space, a new community hub, an improved street market with up to 220 stalls, and 3,600 square metres of storage facilities, 3,500 construction-related jobs, and 530 retails jobs.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for housing, Rachael Robathan, said: “Church Street is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood and the masterplan looks to meet the needs of today’s and future generations in the area.

“The proposals set out together are the council’s largest regeneration scheme to date, which will deliver over 1,700 new homes including 50 per cent affordable housing overall, alongside new spaces and facilities for the community. Because of this, we genuinely want to understand the views of residents and local businesses so that they can continue to shape and influence their neighbourhood for the benefit of everyone who works and lives in this great part of Westminster.”

The public consultation will run for seven weeks, closing on 29 October 2017.

The masterplan and exhibition times can be viewed on the Church Street Masterplan website.