Planning applications in Westminster must be determined in accordance with Westminster’s City Plan: Strategic Policies, those policies in the Unitary Development Plan which have been ‘saved’ and not been replaced by the Strategic Policies, and the London Plan – unless material planning considerations indicate otherwise.
Westminster’s City Plan: Strategic Policies was formally adopted by Full Council on 13 November 2013, and has full weight as part of the development plan in taking planning decisions from that date. This document was the result of a review of the City Council’s Core Strategy adopted in January 2011 to ensure consistency with the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the new London Plan published by the Mayor of London in July 2011, changes to legislation and other updates.
The Mayor of London has also revised his London Plan to ensure consistency with the NPPF and other changes since 2011.
Remaining policies in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) should not be considered out-of-date simply because they were published before adoption of the NPPF. Due weight should continue to be given to relevant policies, according in particular to their degree of consistency with the NPPF (the closer the policies in the UDP to those in the NPPF, the greater the weight that should be given).
At this stage, only limited weight should be given to the emerging “city management policies (CMP) revision”, as they are still at a very early stage of the plan-making process.
Other documents are also material considerations when determining planning applications and support the Development Plan.
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