One step closer to 1,240 new homes for Church Street

Over a thousand new homes are one step closer in Church Street following a consultation asking the local community for their views.

Under the plans Church Street will see brand new health and wellbeing facilities and green areas. The regeneration programme also offers support for local businesses and market traders, alongside an employment service for residents.

Through the consultation residents continued to be clear in their support for development on four sites. The council has chosen partial development for three of the sites and full development for the fourth site. This decision reflects consultation responses from the Neighbourhood Forum, the ward councillors, and the community.

Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for finance, property and regeneration, said: “As a City for All we’re committed to working closely with the community to deliver a vibrant and positive Church Street for future generations.

“We’ve listened and taken the advice of our residents in this consultation. We will now draw up more detailed designs for the preferred partial redevelopment option, which residents will again have a chance to feedback on.”

The next steps are to further develop the designs for new homes on the three sites which sit alongside the historic Church Street market. As well as creating 1,167 new homes, the market will be rejuvenated with better access for shoppers and better facilities for traders.

At least 622 of the homes – just over half – will be affordable, but the council’s ambition is to go much further to create opportunities for people to stay in the neighbourhood. The exact numbers may change slightly as the designs develop.

Some buildings will remain untouched, including Kennet House which some residents asked to be kept. This plan was Option 3 (partial redevelopment) in the Church Street Sites A, B and C consultation. In addition, the council has decided to explore options to redevelop buildings on Edgware Road between Church Street and Boscobel Street which are in poor condition.

Designs will also be developed for part of the Lilestone Street site, comprising 73 new homes, of which a minimum of 35 per cent will be affordable. The council will take every opportunity to increase the number of affordable homes.

This was Option 3 (redevelopment) in the Gayhurst House and 6-12 Lilestone Street consultation. The new housing complements plans to build a new community hub on Lilestone Street and new homes on Orchardson Street.

The designs for all of the sites will be discussed with the community over the summer to make sure we continue to develop plans which suit the needs of the people who live in the ward.