Planning applications in Westminster must be determined in accordance with the Core Strategy, Unitary Development Plan (saved policies not replaced by the Core Strategy) and the London Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
For the purposes of decision-taking, the policies in the Core Strategy, Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and London Plan should not be considered out-of-date simply because they were adopted before the publication of the NPPF. Policies in the NPPF are also material considerations.
Until 27 March 2013, the City Council (and any other decision-takers such as the Planning Inspectorate) may continue to give full weight to relevant policies in the Core Strategy and London Plan even if there is a limited degree of conflict with this framework.
For the UDP, due weight should be given to relevant policies according to their degree of consistency with the NPPF (the closer the policies in the plan to the policies in the NPPF, the greater the weight that may be given).
Decision-takers may also give weight (unless material considerations indicate otherwise) to emerging policies according to:
The NPPF Revision to the Core Strategy has now been submitted to the Secretary of State. The changes that were subject to Regulation 19 (formal consultation) do not have significant outstanding objections, and as they are at a later stage of preparation, should be afforded considerable weight for the purposes of considering planning applications.
Although the emerging City Management policies are a material consideration, the City Council considers that they are not yet at a stage where the detailed policies can have any significance when determining planning applications.
The Government recently announced plans to allow office floorspace to be changed to residential use without the need for planning permission. Westminster City Council have applied for exemption from these permitted development rights in two locations: (i) the Central Activities Zone on grounds of national economic importance and (ii) the North West Westminster Economic Development Area (NWEDA) on local economic grounds.
The Core Strategy sets out Westminster's strategic policies. There will be two revisions to the Core Strategy during 2013/14: The NPPF Revision and the CMP Revision.
The policies in the UDP which were ‘saved’ by the Secretary of State are key statutory considerations for planning applications. Some have also been replaced by the Core Strategy (see Appendix 5).
Information on how the Council is implementing the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This replaced most existing national planning policy previously contained in PPSs and PPGs.
Detailed City Management policies previously drafted to form the City Management Plan will now be inserted into the Core Strategy to create a single plan.
Explains how policies are to be implemented. Includes topic-based guidance, conservation area audits and planning briefs.
Information on the new tier of Neighbourhood planning introduced by the Government through the Localism Act and how you can get involved.
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