Ebury Bridge Estate receives planning approval for 781 new homes
On Tuesday 20 April 2021, Westminster City Council’s planning committee approved plans for Ebury Bridge Estate which will see the creation of 781 homes, and more than half of them will be affordable.
Located in the heart of central London, the proposals will see the full redevelopment of the current estate and the creation of high-quality, sustainable homes.
This includes 239 council homes and 53 per cent of all homes will be affordable.
It will aim to be an almost car-free development, with disabled car parking only. Both pedestrian and cycle transport will be a top priority with more than 2,000 cycle spaces for residents.
The newly built homes will use 90% less carbon than the existing estate and grey water recycling will be used for household functions.
As well as 781 homes, there will be a new community hub, nursery and fitness centre for residents and visitors. Plus, there will be four high-quality public squares created with water and play features. The green spaces will have enhanced lighting for security and an on-site management team.
Around 270 new trees will be planted, as well as the retention of mature existing trees. Alongside this, there will be new flowerbeds and plants, forging natural havens for the local community and increasing biodiversity.
An extended high street with new local shops and cafés has also been approved and there will be new places to work including flexible workspace on Ebury Bridge Road and at the new northern gateway.
Debbie Jackson, Westminster City Council’s Executive Director for Growth Planning and Housing, said:
“The development of the Ebury Bridge Estate will see more than 400 additional new homes built. This includes 53% affordable homes. The new homes will use 90% less carbon compared to the existing estate and it will be a low car scheme. The right to return for residents is guaranteed for all secure tenants and resident leaseholders.”Disclaimer
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Residents are welcome to share their views on revised plans as Westminster City Council holds a resident ballot on the Ebury Bridge estate.
The new ballot allows residents to support the council's proposal to increase the number of new council homes for social rent.
The council will be eligible for additional funding from the Mayor of London to significantly increase the number of new truly affordable homes available to residents if residents vote in favour of the scheme.
The goal is to build just over 780 brand-new residences, of which more than half will be affordable. In addition to the 198 Council homes being replaced and updated for the council tenants who currently reside on the estate, the number of new council homes for social rent could increase by approximately 130 (from 41 to over 170).
Cllr Matt Noble, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters commented:
“This is the second ballot we’ve introduced as the new administration and shows how serious we are about giving local communities more say on the future of their area. Consulting with residents and taking on board their feedback on proposed regeneration plans allows us to build even more social and lower rent homes needed for families in our city.”
The ballot will open on 23rd January 2023 and run for three weeks to give residents an opportunity to have their say.
Two weeks before the ballot opens, residents will receive a ‘landlord offer’ which will set out the regeneration commitments residents will vote on.
A ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony was held at Ebury Bridge this week, led by Westminster City Council’s leader Cllr Rachael Robathan.
Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, and representatives from contractor Bouygues UK, took part in the event to mark the significant milestone of the first phase of building 781 new homes, of which more than 50% will be affordable.
Phase one will deliver the first 226 new sustainable homes of the project and 63% of the properties will be affordable. The development is expected to complete in 2024.
More than 110 households have now been temporarily relocated and six empty blocks have been demolished to prepare for the construction. During this phase, the first taller buildings will be built, with views over the Thames and Battersea Power Station. The majority of returning residents will have an opportunity to move into the first two new buildings, along with other Westminster residents.
The construction phase of the first 226 new homes at Ebury Bridge has started as the site has now been handed over to contractor Bouygues UK.
The plans see the full redevelopment of the current estate and the creation of 781 high-quality, sustainable homes. This includes 239 council homes and 53 per cent of all homes will be affordable.
More than 110 households have now been temporarily relocated and seven empty blocks have been demolished to prepare for the construction. During this initial phase, the first taller buildings will be built, with views over Battersea Power Station.
The majority of returning residents will have an opportunity to move into the first two new buildings.
This is an almost car-free development, with disabled car parking only. Both pedestrian and cycle transport will be a top priority with more than 2,000 cycle spaces for residents.
The newly built homes will use 90% less carbon than the existing estate and greywater recycling will be used for household functions, in line with Westminster City Council’s plans to be carbon net zero by 2040.
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