9 June 2020
Grosvenor submits application for sustainable development in Belgravia
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has submitted a planning application for the Cundy Street Quarter, to develop a sustainable mixed-use neighbourhood in Belgravia, to Westminster City Council.
- Plans will almost double the number of affordable homes on site today
- Sustainable design will drive down operational carbon emissions by 90% and increase local green space
- Proposals shaped by over 2,500 views from local people and 15 months of consultation
- All social housing tenants have a right to return to new energy efficient homes
Designed by architects DSDHA, the proposals are to replace five existing buildings with new housing including 93 affordable homes (39% by habitable room, including 44 social rented homes), specialist senior living accommodation for up to 170 people and 70 open market homes. These will be framed by new amenities and improved green spaces shaped by locals and introduce a flexible community hub, food store and cinema to the area.
Better living standards and green spaces are at the heart of the design. All affordable homes will be up to 50% larger than existing homes, cheaper to run, and have dedicated communal gardens and play spaces.
The proposals will open up new public routes across the site, which is currently closed off, and deliver new public green space. A £2m+ investment in Ebury Square, 65 additional trees and 27,000 sq ft of green and blue roofs will enhance local biodiversity and reduce water consumption.
Fergus Evans, Project Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: “From the outset we wanted to design a new part of the neighbourhood that would deliver more opportunity in Belgravia. Better homes, more open space, new facilities and a much greener environment.
“There were challenges raised and we know we didn’t get everything right. But that challenge has turned into conversation, which not only improved these proposals but also helped transform how we engage with communities across our business. We’re grateful to all the residents and neighbours who contributed.”
All Westminster City Council residents in Walden House have a right to return to the new social rented homes on site with the option to move just once should they choose. The business is committed to an open dialogue now, during construction and beyond to ensure the whole community is involved in the future of their neighbourhood.
Grosvenor is working to a series of bold environmental goals including achieving net zero carbon, zero waste and a significant biodiversity gain on its London estate. In addition to the increase in green space, the new buildings at Cundy Street would produce 90% less carbon when in use than the existing ones, equivalent to planting 3,500 trees per year.
Fergus Evans added: “Today, the value of open green space and need to respond to the climate emergency is clearer than ever. With larger, more energy efficient homes, set in new green space open to all, these designs will help make Belgravia fit for the future.”
Local facilities, services and green infrastructure will also benefit from a £20m Community Infrastructure Levy contribution. The new neighbourhood will support up to 260 jobs once complete and 125 jobs and apprenticeships, prioritised for Westminster residents, during construction.
For more information visit www.cundystreetquarter.com. Click here for images of the Cundy Street Quarter proposals and here to view a video of the designs.
About Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates great places where communities, business and nature thrive.
In London’s West End, we support 9,000 residents, c1,000 businesses and 50,000 workers every day. We also create and manage sustainable neighbourhoods in London, Liverpool and across the South East of England.
We are one part of a global, family owned business that has been developing and managing land and property for over 340 years. Thinking long term allows us to give equal weight to the environmental, social and commercial impact of everything that we do.