Scores of new homes at one of Westminster City Council’s flagship regeneration projects in Church Street have been completed as the authority makes progress towards delivering more affordable housing.
At the newly completed scheme, 26 of the homes at Ashbridge Street and 2 neighbouring homes at Shroton Street are designated genuinely affordable while proceeds from the sale of 49 adjacent homes on Cosway Street will be invested in community housing projects in the borough.
As the first residents prepare to move in, the completion marks a landmark for the council which – faced with a growing waiting list – is on track to build more than 1,500 council homes across Church Street and its other significant regeneration programme at Ebury Bridge estate in Pimlico.
Marking completion of the scheme, Councillor Matt Noble, Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters, said: “The social homes at Ashbridge Street and Shroton Street demonstrate our commitment to maximising the number of truly affordable, high-quality social rent homes that the borough urgently needs. Church Street is crucial to meeting the challenge of delivering a fair housing policy and we are committed to supporting its residents, businesses, market traders and community groups through the regeneration programme.”
The 26 social homes on Ashbridge Street comprise one-to-three bedroom properties with two affordable social rent four-bedroom homes on Shroton Street, and 49 new homes for sale at Cosway Street.
High-quality builds feature traditional brick work with private balconies for each apartment while the new building will have a green roof and a solar energy system.
Church Street’s planners have aimed to improve the quality of life for locals with greener and pedestrianised spaces and sports facilities to support the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Increasing the supply and quality of new housing is a key for the new administration with over 4,000 people on the council housing waiting list.