Westminster's Development Plan
There are several key policies and documents that planning applications in Westminster are determined by. These make up Westminster's Development Plan and include:
4. London Plan:
Detailed information about the programme and proposed contents of the City Plan revision is set out in Westminster’s Local Development Scheme. The latest LDS can be viewed as a post-submission core document in Westminster’s City Plan examination library.
The government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2012 created a structure which assists local councils in creating their own Local Plans. It is part of the government’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible.
Policies in the NPPF can be used directly to determine planning applications as a material consideration.
A revised National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24 July 2018.
The government recently consulted on a White Paper setting out proposals on the most significant reform of the planning system in England in decades. Through this overhaul the government is seeking to deliver a quicker and simpler planning system with a clearer plan for jobs and growth. It is intended to deliver high quality and sustainable homes, speed up the process and make it more transparent. The clear emphasis is on home building and simplifying and speeding up the planning process.
Consultation closed on 29 October 2020 - see the council’s response.