Frequently Asked Questions
When can we see more detailed plans?
In the first week of December we will share our detailed proposals. This will be the third phase of public consultation. It will give the community a real sense of what the Cundy Street Quarter would look and feel like, including details about the new homes we will be delivering, improvements to the public space and the proposed new buildings. You can find more details about the public consultation in this newsletter.
Why are you proposing the redevelopment?
By redeveloping this area, we can provide a major increase in high quality homes for the people of Westminster. We can double the number of affordable homes on this site, and provide residents with better housing built to modern standards that is cheaper for them to run. We can also offer a much broader mix of homes, including social rented, intermediate, and some for senior living. Alongside this, the design will create much better public and community spaces, making this a greener place with more facilities and new jobs for local people.
How are you supporting existing residents?
We recognise the impact our proposals have on existing residents. We understand their concerns and have put several measures in place to help people plan for the future.
Westminster City Council residents in Walden House
Walden House residents would be rehoused within the borough and WCC has offered them a right to return to the new affordable homes we would build. WCC would support any of their residents that are impacted by the development.
Private renting residents in Cundy Street Flats
We have been informing Cundy Street residents about the possibility of redevelopment since 2012 and confirmed our intentions with them earlier this year, over two years before the leases end. Since then, we have offered individual tailored support to help people make plans for the future. Some of the tenants are on protected leases with a right to continued tenancy and we are offering these people suitable alternative homes nearby in Belgravia.
How much affordable housing would there be in the new development?
We will double the number of affordable homes that are currently on this site. At least 35% of all the new homes would be affordable, split between social and intermediate rent, in-line with Westminster’s policy. This would help some of the 7,000 households which are on the Council’s waiting list.
What steps would be taken to prevent anti-social behaviour?
We will introduce security measures including CCTV, active ground-floor uses, improved lighting and restricted hours of access. We have met with the Police and a specialist security consultant to discuss potential design interventions that have worked in other London developments. We will also now incorporate gates to our proposals for both ends of Elizabeth Place Gardens (the space behind the Coleshill Flats which would be transformed into an urban garden) to help control out of hours access and stop some of the issues that take place in the car park today.
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