Church Street masterplan will transform area

20-year plan could see hundreds of new houses built and a pier put in place on Regent’s Canal

A BRAND new pier located on Regent’s Canal, 776 new homes, 41 refurbished housing blocks, and a host of new business, community and children’s areas are what is in store for Church Street.

These images show the future of Church Street and Paddington Green for the first time since work began on a 20-year ‘masterplan’ for the area.

Following major consultation over much of the past year the images, which have been drawn up by designers Urban Initiatives, show what the area could look like at the conclusion of the development.

The scheme will see an increase in the number of homes in the area with 470 additional properties built despite some residents’ concerns of overcrowding.

However, the council says its “aim is not to radically increase the number of people in the area, but to better accommodate those who currently live there” – as well as refurbishing housing blocks and replacing 306 existing homes with new properties.

Cllr Philippa Roe, Westminster Council’s housing boss, said: “We believe that this masterplan will deliver what local people told us they want to see improve in their local area – better housing, green spaces and community facilities.

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“This masterplan is not just about housing but covers everything from providing more job opportunities for local people to boosting business in the area.

“We believe it is an exciting and ambitious project that will transform this part of Westminster.

“Over the coming weeks, we want residents to tell us what they think of these proposals.

“I would, however, like to stress that no decisions have yet been made and no planning permission has been sought.”

It is proposed that tourists would stop at the new pier to allow them to explore the Church Street market, while a series of studios run by small design businesses could be created.

Other proposals include an archway to the entrance from Edgware Road, improvements to market stalls and a new community service hub.

A public consultation on the proposed masterplan has been launched and will run until March 29.