Cundy Street Quarter - Our Approach
The Cundy Street Quarter can provide a material increase in much-needed high quality housing in Westminster, particularly the need for better and greater numbers of dedicated affordable and new senior living housing in one of the most constrained areas for new housing in the UK. Our proposals are for a sensitive but comprehensive redevelopment, which will, alongside an inclusive mix of homes, create better public and community spaces and improve local amenities.
However, we recognise the impact our proposals will have on existing residents and consideration for those affected, and open and transparent communication has been at the core of this project from the start.
We first notified our Cundy Street tenants back in 2012 of the possibility of the redevelopment, which we confirmed earlier this year, over two years before the end of their leases. Since this notification, we have been providing tailored support, over and above what is required of us, to help them plan carefully for the future. Priority has been given to both vulnerable individuals, where we are working with family members if needed, and those for whom Cundy Street is their permanent home.
The lease to Westminster City Council at Walden House was due to expire in June 2021, however we recognise the challenge the council faces in providing alternative accommodation for its tenants. Therefore, before the consultation was launched, we agreed to provide up to an additional two years on the lease, providing substantially more time for suitable new homes to be found.
From the start we have said we want the Cundy Street Quarter to be inclusive – meaning firstly more high quality homes for a broad range of people – e.g. open market, affordable and senior living homes.
We have committed to at a minimum re-providing the affordable housing currently on the site and expect the final plans to show a material increase in affordable homes, all of which will be delivered on site.
This will be backed by investment in existing but also new facilities that will benefit all residents in the area contributing to the community such as, an accessible local food store, restaurants, community space, and enhanced public and green space to replace the private, closed off gardens currently on site.”
To find out more, visit www.cundystreetquarter.com