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.
Westminster City Council has confirmed that all their residents in Walden House have a right of return to the new social rented homes we will build.
We recognise the challenge of temporarily re-housing people locally. And, having listened closely to the community, we have phased our design so that all Walden House residents can either move once directly into a new home on the new development or to a suitable alternative within the Council’s portfolio, before having the option to return on completion.
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 doubling the affordable housing currently on the site and expect the final designs to consist of 35% dedicated senior living homes.
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.