Background and master plan

In December 2010 we set up a 15-year Community Investment Programme (CIP). This aims to make the most of council land and assets to give improved services and new housing. 

As part of CIP we are redeveloping the Abbey area. 

The proposals will deliver:

  • 280 new energy efficient homes
  • 112 Council homes
  • 168 homes for private sales or rent

The story so far

The Abbey regeneration is centred on the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road and the masterplan was first given the go ahead in 2013. It is a three-phase project:

  • Phase 1: completed in March 2019 and saw the delivery of 141 much needed new homes.
  • Phase 2: is currently underway and will provide a new two-storey building with a health centre and community facility (relocating from phase 3), along with improved open space, a relocated car park, upgraded pedestrian crossing and changes to the road layout. Work is due to be finished by July 2022.
  • Phase 3: will deliver the final piece in the jigsaw and complete the transformation of the area.

Phase 1

The Phase 1 building completed in March 2019 and has provided 141 new homes. These are 66 new council homes, including 10 for wheelchair use, and 75 for private sale or rent. The social rent homes will be managed by Abbey Road Housing Co-operative. 

The new building also provides space for a new 'local' sized supermarket, shops, business units, parking and the energy centre. This is for all future phases of the Abbey Area Development. 

Abbey area development

28 February 2019. The Mayor of London visited the Abbey Area Development as Camden took handover of 141 new homes. 

 

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Abbey Area Development will provide:

  • a new Community Centre on the ground floor
  • a new Health Centre on the first floor
  • offices for the Tenant Management Organisation located in the completed Phase 1 development
  • a new public open space including new play equipment for the wider community by improving the green space and moving the existing car park on the site of Snowman and Casterbridge. 
  • a new pedestrian crossing at the junction on Abbey Road and Belsize Road.

CGI - Plan of proposed Abbey development

 

CGI - Twilight view of Aerial view of proposed Abbey development

 

CGI - View of proposed new Abbey Community Centre

 

Phase 2 is under construction and due to complete in Summer 2022.

For further information contact:

Simran Randhawa Development Manager via e mail Simran.randhawa@camden.gov.uk or phone 020 7974 5398.

 

Phase 3

Welcome to the Abbey Phase 3 regeneration webpage. Here we explain our proposals for the final phase of this regeneration project and tell you how to comment on the proposal.

Visit the Phase 3 virtual exhibition 

Over the coming months we want to hear from as many people as possible. We have made it easy to have your say with our virtual exhibition room.

Before you visit the virtual exhibition, this website provides a recap of what has happened so far, a brief of explanation of the next steps and how you can keep up to date.

Read on and then visit the Phase 3 virtual exhibition to tell us what you think.

The story so far

The Abbey regeneration is centred on the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road. The masterplan was first given the go ahead in 2013. It is a three-phase project:

  • Phase 1: completed in March 2019 and saw the delivery of 141 much needed new homes.
  • Phase 2: is currently underway and will provide a new two-storey building with a health centre and community facility (relocating from phase 3), along with improved open space, a relocated car park, upgraded pedestrian crossing and changes to the road layout. Work is due to be finished by July 2022.
  • Phase 3: will deliver the final piece in the jigsaw and complete the transformation of the area.

What is Phase 3?

Phase 3 will complete the regeneration of the Abbey area and we are now seeking the views of a wide range of people to ensure we develop this final phase in such a way that best meets the needs of the local community.

We are proposing the following:

  • 139 new homes to help meet housing need in Camden – they would be a mix of private sale, council homes and Camden Living Homes
  • open space and play provision
  • cycle parking
  • commercial units on the ground floor fronting onto the key junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road
  • at this stage our current proposals are in draft and will only be finalised after we understand the views of the local community.

 

CGI - Aerial view of flats and landscaping in proposed Abbey development

Latest News

Our first consultation on our proposal for Phase 3 is now live and we want to hear what you think. You can find out how to ask questions and give us feedback below.

Have your say

The success of Phases 1 and 2 were heavily influenced by extensive consultation with the local community and we hope to continue with this as we develop our plan for Phase 3. No final decisions have been made at this stage.

Our initial proposal is now live and you can have your say by:

  • vsiting our virtual exhibition which is open 24 hours a day
  • coming along to our face-to-face exhibition where you can ask questions of the team and view the proposal on 30 November 2:30pm to 7pm, Ground Floor entrance of Abbey Cross next to Sainsburys, Belsize Road
  • we’ll also have some information on display at the shop fronts on Belsize Road

However you get involved, you will be able to fill in the same consultation form so we get consistent feedback from every way we talk to the local community.

Everyone in your household can have their say and please encourage your friends and neighbours to get involved too.

This first consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021

We will also be holding a virtual drop-in using MS Teams between 6:30pm and 8pm on 1 December. To register for an invite please email oluremi.oloko@camden.gov.uk 

What happens next?

After this first consultation closes, we will take some time to look at what people thought. We will then update the proposal by working with our architects and other specialists in the team.

We will then run a second round of consultation to let you know how we have listened, what we have changed (or not changed) and explain the reasons behind these decisions. You will then be able to give final comments before we submit our planning application to the Council in Spring 2022. The Council will then do a further consultation on the full planning application.

Keeping up to date

Throughout the consultation we’ll be updating this website regularly and also issuing newsletters. You can also keep up to date by:

  • Registering for text message updates to let you know when we have updated information on the website. You can do this by texting ABBEY to 66777. Update texts are free to receive but depending on your mobile phone package you may be charged up to 13p to register
  • Twitter - we’ll be issuing updates from the Council’s Twitter account @CamdenCouncil using the hashtag #Abbey

You can also contact the project team:

Karen Honey, Senior Development Manager, Camden Council: 020 7974 3221 or karen.honey@camden.gov.uk

Oluremi Oloko. Development Officer, Camden Council: 020 7974 6360 or oluremi.oloko@camden.gov.uk

Local Lettings Plan

The new Camden Council homes at Phase 3 are still some time away but we will keep you posted when they will be ready for letting through the Abbey Road Housing Co-operative.

When the time comes you will need to make an online bid if you are interested in one of the new homes and:
•    you live on the Abbey Co-op Estate, Abbey Estate or Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate
•    you are on the Council’s Housing Register.

Priority will first be given to residents who have the right to return and are currently living elsewhere in the Borough.
We will let you know when bidding for new homes opens.

To bid, please go to: camden.homeconnections.org.uk 

We allocate the new homes according to a Local Lettings Plan: 

Download: Abbey Area Local Lettings Plan (PDF)
 

New homes for sale and rent

For Sale

The homes for sale in Phase 1 are now complete and ready to move into. There are 47 elegant new 1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes.

For more information please visit the Camden Collection website.