1,700 New Homes Planned for Westminster
Proposals to build 1,700 new homes and community hub in the Church Street area have been announced by Westminster City Council.
Both residents and businesses in the local area have been sought after by the council to get their view on the draft masterplan.
The masterplan includes the identification of nine regeneration sites and has the aim of building on current development sites over the next 15 to 20 years.
Westminster City Council have said that the master plan is part of their broader aim of creating a “city for all” by developing additional affordable homes for locals.
35% of the 1,750 homes are anticipated to be affordable.
The already standing council homes are planned to be re-provided at social rent with an option for already existing tenants to be rehoused in the scheme, which will bring the number of affordable homes 50%.
Four themes make up the masterplan:
- health and well-being;
- market and enterprise;
- making connections.
The scheme is looking to:
- see a 40% increase in publicly accessible open space,
- a new community hub,
- an improved street market with up to 220 stalls,
- 3,600 square meters of storage facilities,
- 3,500 construction-related jobs,
- 530 retails jobs.
Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for housing, Rachael Robathan, said the following:
“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 be running for seven weeks, closing on 29 October 2017.
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