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Split site plan for Chelsea Barracks homes

Around half of the affordable housing for the controversial £3 billion Chelsea Barracks development in central London could be built on a neighbouring development.

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A new masterplan for the site, published last week, is understood to suggest putting half of the affordable housing in a development across the road from Chelsea Barracks and keeping the other half onsite.

Some affordable housing would go into the Grosvenor Waterside scheme, which is on the opposite side of Ebury Bridge Road to Chelsea Barracks and is also owned by Qatari Diar, the developer of Chelsea Barracks.

The masterplan is believed to propose that there should be around 500 homes for the scheme with half of them affordable. However the scheme is subject to consultation.

The new masterplan, which is more traditional and less high-rise than its predecessor, has been welcomed by residents’ groups and Westminster Council’s Labour opposition.

Paul Dimoldenberg, leader of the council’s Labour group, welcomed the proposal for half the housing to be affordable. He added: ‘We were keen to maximise the number of affordable homes, particularly social housing on the site and if this requires the site to be enlarged to include another site that they [Qatari Diar] own then that is no big issue for us.’

James Wright, chair of the Belgravia Residents’ Association, said: ‘Generally they have done a magnificent job in listening to us.’

The design, by architects Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and landscape architects Kim Wilkie Associates, comes after a previous design by Lord Rogers’ practice was withdrawn by Qatari Diar. Prince Charles wrote to the developer in support of the withdrawal in favour of something more traditional.

The scheme will also include a hotel, sports facility, medical centre and public gardens. The barracks’ garrison chapel will be retained. The site will be developed in phases by several architects, which have yet to be appointed.

Qatari Diar expects to submit the masterplan as an outline planning application to Westminster Council later this year after more public consultation. A detailed planning application for the first phase would be prepared afterwards.

The firms which designed the masterplan said: ‘We’ve listened to the views of the local people and reflected them in a proposal which will create a special place of houses, apartments, squares, streets and gardens that we feel will be in character with, and will be a recognised part of London.’

Development in figures

£959 million
price paid to the Ministry of Defence for the Chelsea Barracks site

12.8 acres
size of the site

total number of homes to be built

number of affordable homes spread across two sites


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