A cornerstone of the scheme is putting residents at the heart of the renewal. We want to set a new standard in estate regeneration, showcasing how local authorities can partner with residents to create vibrant, long-term, mixed communities where people can thrive.
We’ve created a Community Commitments document setting out in further detail our commitments to Ebury Bridge residents. The document covers:
You can download the Community Commitments document by clicking here.
Since the start of the scheme, the council has worked closely with Ebury Bridge residents on proposals for their new estate. In Autumn 2019 we held an exhibition showcasing initial designs for the new estate, asking for feedback from neighbours and groups in the local area to help shape plans.
Consultations are ongoing and we want to hear from as many local people as possible about the council’s plans to transform Ebury Bridge, before we submit. This will lead to the council submitting a planning application in mid-2020. You can see the initial design consultation boards by clicking the button below.
To help people have their say we have developed an online consultation tool. Click below and get involved.
Over the last 18 months we have worked closely with Ebury Bridge residents on proposals for their new estate. We would now like to hear from neighbours and groups in the local area to help shape plans.
Between now and October we want to hear from as many local people as possible about the council’s plans to transform Ebury Bridge. This will lead to the council submitting a planning application later in the year.
To help people have their say we have developed an online consultation tool. Register on our commonplace engagement tool and get involved.
The Ebury Bridge community has been instrumental in the development of proposals for the estate. By understanding exactly what’s important to our residents, we’re able to put plans together.
This process has moved into the new phase with five distinct areas of consultation:
1. Place shaping – creating the new public spaces, the look and materials of new buildings and play facilities
2. Homes – the configuration and design of new homes, roof terraces, waste strategies and the views from homes
3. Character – how the new estate fits within its location, the façade of the buildings and the energy strategy
4. Initial Design exhibition – Initial designs for the new homes and public spaces
5. Further exhibition – Showing in early 2020 how designs have evolved
A resident-led strategic body called The Community Futures Group (CFG) was created on 25th October 2017 to be at the forefront of our decision making. The group is made up of residents who represent the views of the community alongside an Independent Chair to explore financial viability assessments, design principles and the scope of development options.
The council held a series of estate-wide drop-ins where residents have had the opportunity to feedback on what they would like to see from any scenarios that involve redevelopment. This helped establish a series of design principles and formed priorities such as open space, community facilities and dual aspect views from homes.
Refurbishment options were explored, including the cost and logistics of delivery, with resident meetings and the CFG. We also opened the books to residents around viability, discussing revenues (such as contractor profit), costs and the land acquisition value.
Residents have visited different exemplar regeneration schemes in three different London boroughs. The schemes ranged from refurbishment and redevelopment, to infills and new builds. Ebury Bridge residents had the opportunity to talk with tenants and leaseholders at these schemes and share experiences, concerns and expertise.
The Ebury Bridge newsletter was launched in August 2017, providing regular project updates, initially every two weeks. This is supported by updates on the Ebury Bridge website, alongside letters posted to residents regarding key events, an email mailing list, and a dedicated Facebook group.
The development of the Ebury Bridge Renewal Project is presented below, with the latest update at the top of the page. To read about the scheme from its beginnings, please use the button below.
With Scenario 7 selected, officers worked with residents from across the estate to understand their rehousing needs and preferences. This approach informed the housing requirements for returning residents and allowed us to structure the phasing of development to ensure mixed tenure housing would be present throughout the development. The majority of residents will now benefit from one move, straight into their new home.
Through Westminster City Council’s Wholly Owned Company (WOC), the council committed to taking the lead as landlord and developer on Phase 1 of the project. This phase will see 216 new homes built, of which at least 175 will be affordable. The council then began the procurement process, inviting bids from design and build contractors to partner with us on the Phase 1 delivery.
Putting resident engagement at the heart of plans, the council thoroughly explored the way forward for the future of Ebury Bridge. A long list of scenarios was developed, ranging from refurbishment through to full redevelopment and a number of hybrid options. For each scenario, the CFG, officers and residents went through a methodical assessment.
As part of the design process Ebury residents had the opportunity to be informed and engaged through each of our resident engagement channels to build a scheme that worked for them.
Following the detailed options assessment process, Westminster City Council commenced consultation with residents on the preferred scenario which involved the full redevelopment of the estate and the creation of around 750 new high quality homes, facilities, retail units and public spaces.
Following this consultation, the council’s cabinet approved the preferred scenario and authorised officers to work up in detail the scheme and identify the best delivery route.
In June 2017, following challenges with a previous scheme, Westminster City Council made a commitment to Ebury Bridge residents that any new proposals put forward would be able to attract a delivery partner and could be delivered.
An industry leading design team was recruited to analyse the estate, work up proposals and explore the various options for a renewed Ebury Bridge.
On 25th October 2017, the Community Futures Group (CFG) was established with residents to work with the council on key decisions. The CFG continues to play an instrumental role in each element of the renewal process.