Regeneration work helps to boost the popularity of Pimlico

Regeneration work helps to boost the popularity of PimlicoPimlico is one of the nicer places in London to live. It is a small area of West London located in the City of Westminster.

Known for its grand garden squares and impressive architecture, it has always been a popular hotspot among domestic and overseas residents.

It is particularly renowned for its arts scene, notable people and development over the years. The area recently hit the headlines thanks to several regeneration projects that are taking place in the suburb and across the borough of Westminster.

Westminster is a vast, metropolitan borough in the capital, home to Westminster Abbey,and it incorporates much of Central London including most of the West End.

Its most popular tourist attractions are Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Houses in this area of the UK are often in high demand and there are nearly always improvements being made to the different towns that make up the borough.

For example, Westminster Council recently announced that more than 1,000 new homes will be built after a £200 million regeneration scheme was implemented by the council.

Two projects at Ebury Bridge Estate in Pimlico and the Church Street area of Marylebone both received the green light from the public who voted on the scheme, which will be particularly beneficial for residents in the area.

Over £100 million will be spent on Ebury Bridge Estate alone, blocks will be renovated or rebuilt and open spaces landscaped.

Westminster Council is also focussing on building affordable homes in the area, which will see apartment blocks being renovated or rebuilt while open spaces and parks will be landscaped.

The plans will also include a new community and health centre on Lisson Grove and a new play and sports facility on Luton Street.

Additionally, further improvements will be implemented across Pimlico, which even includes an area-wide heating system designed to reduce residents' energy bills.

It is estimated that over 300 jobs and 100 apprenticeships will be created as a result of the scheme.

Councillor Jonathan Glanz, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for housing, highlighted the overwhelming public support for the scheme.

He added: "I am delighted with the incredibly positive outcomes of these votes, which is a result of the council working incredibly hard alongside residents over a number of years to develop plans which will deliver sustainable regeneration.

"Their emphatic approval of these plans means that work can now begin on building new homes for those on housing lists, but also on creating better homes for existing residents, building new community facilities, and improving open spaces and the public realm of the area, helping to improve lives in Westminster.

"This project is a real example of local people taking responsibility for shaping their communities, and we will continue to work with residents throughout our regeneration programme. I am looking forward to seeing residents in other renewal areas of Westminster have their say on our plans for regeneration later this year."

A new playground and retail units will also be built in Ebury Bridge Road. 

When it came to the public vote, 59.6 per cent of residents turned out to vote on the proposals and over 78 per cent of residents in Ebury Bridge were in favour of the changes.

In Marylebone on the other hand, around 45 new replacement one-bedroom sheltered homes will be constructed for current elderly residents in the Penn House area, while a new fund will help to improve the overall management of the neighbourhood.

Published 22nd November, 2013

© 2013 Estates IT Limited

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