A: The development at Ebury Bridge will be split into two phases; Phase 1 is due to commence in 2020 for a 2023 delivery date. Phase 2 is expected to begin in 2023.
A: Work at Ebury Bridge was originally outlined in 2010. In 2013, a scheme was developed for a partial redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate, but in 2017 this was found to be unviable for development.
The current scheme commenced in October 2017, developing a series of options for residents to review. Read more here
A: The Ebury Bridge Renewal Project will see a full redevelopment of the entire Ebury Bridge Estate. This scheme has been developed by putting residents at the heart of decision making, with regular workshops, drop-ins, consultations and a resident steering group (see Community Futures Group).
Alongside this, the council has developed its scheme to ensure it will be financially viable. The massing of the project has been key to ensuring delivery, with thorough market testing to ensure it remains attractive regardless of market conditions. Phase 1 of the project will be fully funded by the council.
A: The scheme is being developed to allow people of all backgrounds and incomes to live on the estate. A ‘ladder of opportunity’ has been developed to provide options for households from a wide range of incomes to be able to live on the estate.
A: No. The scheme is to be entirely tenure blind to ensure a diverse community with a mix of social, affordable and market rent tenants and leaseholders across all blocks. Westminster City Council policy ensures that no council developments will include ‘poor doors’ or similar physical separations between residents.
A: No. Westminster City Council will maintain the freehold of the entire Ebury Bridge Estate.
A: All secure tenants and leaseholders have a Right to Return to the estate. Residents may, if they choose, move away permanently but this is entirely at each household’s discretion.
A: Yes, Westminster City Council will honour its Right to Return policy across both schemes.
A: No, all social rent tenants rent will remain in line with social rent levels across the council.
A: Any new lease agreement offered by the council will be in line with the terms as the current existing Westminster Council leases. Should you choose to sub-let your property, you can apply to do so, in the same way as you would now.
A: Yes, permanent retail units will included in the development. Whilst full details will become available in due course, the council will be looking to support businesses that will add to the community and become a long-term fixture in the area.
A: Yes. Every business will have the opportunity to move over to the new estate with a right of first refusal.
A: Yes, whilst all business requests will depend on unit availability, business plan and what they offer to the community. There will also be opportunities to operate from the upcoming Meanwhile Use space on the estate.
A: Yes. The Ebury Bridge Community Garden is a much-loved community asset. We will ensure that this is acknowledged in the design options process.
Tenure blind – No visible external differences between blocks/flats to differentiate between social tenants, private tenants or leaseholders.
Right to return – A guarantee for leaseholders and secure tenants, should they choose, to return to the estate following the renewal.
Ladder of opportunity – A series of pricing options for households of different incomes to allow a full social mix across the new estate.