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. This focuses on the area around the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road.

We started consulting with residents, ward councillors and community organisations about redevelopment of the Abbey area in 2008.

Planning permission was granted in November 2013 and the agreed development will provide:

  • 241 new energy efficient homes: 102 council homes, 12 intermediate rent, 127 for private sale or rent
  • New community and health facilities
  • Improved open spaces, play spaces and public realm
  • Improvements to the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road including pedestrian crossings.

The Abbey Area Development is being carried out in three phases.

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


Latest News

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

Phases 2 and 3

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Abbey Area Development will provide:

  • a new Community Centre
  • a Health Centre
  • offices for the Tenant Management Organisation. 

It will also provide improved green space, including play spaces for children.  Improvements will be made to the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road, including the pedestrian crossing. 

Detailed designs for phase 2 were worked up in 2015. These designs are currently being reviewed. Camden will be consulting with residents on revised plans later in 2019 ahead of a revised planning application being submitted. 

Phase 3

Phase 3 will involve the demolition of Emmintser and Hinstock, plus the existing Community Centre and Health Centre. The redevelopment of the site will provide 100 new homes, plus shops and business units. 

The current designs for Phase 3 are under review. 

You can view the current designs for phases 2 and 3 below.

Abbey Area Consultation Boards July 2015 (PDF).

Local Lettings Plan

The new Camden Council homes at 151-179 Belsize Road for the Abbey Road Housing Co-operative are ready for letting.

You will soon 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 live on the Abbey Co-op Estate.

Bidding for new homes will open on: Thursday 28 March 2019
Bidding for new homes will close on: Monday 8 April 2019

To bid go to


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

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.