Westminster Council resolves to grant permission for school redevelopment

Out-Law News | 05 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm |

Westminster Council has resolved to grant planning permission for the 335-home second phase of developer Amwaj Properties' proposed redevelopment of the former Westminster Community School site in central London, according to a report in the Estates Gazette .

The proposals include the demolition of existing buildings to the centre and the eastern end of the 1.5 hectare site and their replacement with new buildings between six and 20 storeys in height. The new buildings will house 335 residential units, 64 of which will be affordable. An additional contribution of £873,000 has been recommended by the Council towards off-site affordable housing.

It is proposed that a primary school occupy the basement to fifth floors of one of the new buildings, with more than 20,000 square metres of hotel and serviced apartment space on the upper floors. Two shops are planned, with a third retail unit for use as a shop, a restaurant or a cafe. 502 sq m of offices, basement car and bicycle parking and a gym are also proposed.

The Council granted permission for the first phase of the scheme in December 2013, with 150 homes, shops, offices and community space proposed at the western end of the site.

The phase two proposals were on the agenda for discussion at a meeting of the Council's planning application committee on 29 July, having been recommended for approval by a planning officer, subject to conditions, a section 106 agreement and the approval of the mayor of London.

Construction is scheduled to commence at the site before the end of the year, with completion expected in 2017.