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Cundy Street estate

Stage: Proposal

40 Council homes are under threat of demolition on Westminster’s Cundy Street estate.

The estate is owned by the Duke of Westminster (Grosvenor estates) who proposes to demolish the 111 homes (40 of which are council homes in one of the blocks - Walden House) which Grosvenor leases to the council. The plans are to replace these with 93 “affordable” homes, 70 for private market sale and 170 specialist “senior living” accommodation units.

Grosvenor has launched a series of online ‘webinar’ consultation sessions and is planning to submit a planning application in late 2020. Grosvenor is planning to progress the scheme without mayoral funding such that it won’t be subject to the Mayor’s requirement to ballot residents on the demolition of their homes.

There is an active campaign against the proposals with links provided below.

Save Cundy Street & Walden House campaign facebook page.

Westminster Labour web page.

Twitter campaign account.

Save Cundy Street online petition..

Planning application documents - 20/0330/FULL

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·Cundy Quarter (Planning Ref: 20/03308/LBC & 20/03307/FULL): Despite having more organised opposition (eg The Belgravia Society/ Tenants Assc. etc) compared to Ebury Bridge estate across the road, the WCC Planning Committee agreed that they were minded to grant the application for the Cundy but to defer the final decision (in order for Council officers & Grosvenor to look into the implications of reducing the height of one building, to tackle the loss of light issue to affected homes on Mozart Terrace, Ebury Street). I understand the Cundy developers has now agreed to reduce the height of the houses along Ebury street from 29 m to 26 m, taking out one floor and setting the topmost floor back. This is what the people in Mozart Terrace had been campaigning for and apparently they consider it a great success.
After securing their right to return to the new estate, Walden House council tenants had already changed sides, to the extend supporting the proposals at the committee meeting!, so no one really cared about the Grosvenor’s own tenants or those living in neighbouring properties.