Neighbourhood forums

1. Set up a neighbourhood forum

Organisations from designated neighbourhood areas can submit an application to be a neighbourhood forum.

How to apply

Download the neighbourhood forum application form (PDF, 915KB) to apply, and return it to the address on the bottom of the form. 

If you have problems accessing the form, please email: and we will send you a copy.

Alternatively, a form containing the following information is required:

  • the name of the proposed neighbourhood forum
  • a copy of their written constitution
  • the name of the neighbourhood area and a map identifying it
  • contact details for at least one member (which will be made public)
  • a statement explaining how the neighbourhood forum meets the following conditions:
  1. it has been established for the express purpose of promoting or improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of an area that consists of or includes the neighbourhood area concerned
  2. there are at least 21 members who live in the area, work in the area or are an elected member for any part of the area
  3. the area is not governed by a parish council.

What happens next

We'll publish valid applications as soon as possible online and by other methods to make sure it's brought to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in designated area. 

We are required to publish valid applications for at least six weeks to allow representations to be made. After this, we’ll decide whether to designate your neighbourhood forum.

Factors affecting decision:

  • how widely the membership is drawn (including different places and different sections of the community)
  • how the purpose of the group generally reflects the character of the area
  • only one neighbourhood forum can be designated for each area and a designation lasts for five years

The decision will be published online and by other methods to ensure that the application is brought to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in designated area. Once a neighbourhood forum is designated no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires or is withdrawn.

2. Live neighbourhood forum applications

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum renewal consultation

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area was designated in March 2014 and the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum (also known as FitzWest NF) was designated in February 2015. The forum’s designation lasts for 5 years and expires on 5 February 2020. The forum has applied to the council to formally renew its designation in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Localism Act and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The neighbourhood area boundary remains identical to the original boundary that was designated in March 2014. Renewal will enable the FitzWest NF to continue to prepare the FitzWest Neighbourhood Plan for the area. The forum is required to have a written constitution that describes the basic framework of the organisation and a minimum of 21 members. 

The application documents are: 

The consultation on the re-designation of FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum was carried out from Monday 2 December 2019 to Monday 13 January 2020.

Should the council approve the renewal application, no other organisation can be designated as a neighbourhood forum (for the purposes of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and the Localism Act 2011) until the designation is withdrawn or expires. This will only affect the ability to use neighbourhood planning powers. It will not affect the establishment or existence of any other community, charitable, neighbourhood or voluntary organisations in the area. 
A summary of the consultation findings, along with the decision, will be published on this page. 

3. Past neighbourhood forum applications

Once an area is designated as a ‘neighbourhood area’ an organisation can submit an application to be a neighbourhood forum for that area.

Neighbourhood forum applications

Status of neighbourhood forum applications in Westminster:

Neighbourhood forum Main contact details Designation date

Dennis Wheatland (

13 January 2020 - Belgravia re-designation decision

Written constitution

Church Street Ward

Alan Stirling (

Rev Claire Dowding (

25 July 2014


9 October 2019 - Church Street Ward re-designation decision

Churchill Gardens

Thomas Ball (

Richard Boville (

John Wyatt (

9 October- Churchill Gardens decision
Fitzrovia (West)

Wendy Shillam (

Alison Matthews (

5 February 2015
Hyde Park and Paddington

Nick Johnson (

Kay Buxton (

9 June 2017-  Hyde Park and Paddington decision

Knightsbridge 21 July 2015 - Knightsbridge decision
Maida Hill

Elaine Arthur (

Andy Watson (

Julia Finlay (

Melody (

7 September 2015 - Maida Hill decision

7 September 2015 - Marylebone decision

10 January 2014 - Mayfair decision

​16 January 2019 - Mayfair re-designation decision


Notting Hill East

Richard Perkins (

Suzanne Forte


8 October 2014

9 October 2019 - Notting Hill East re-designation decision


Peter Ruback (Chairman) and Andrew McCarthy (Secretary) 

9 October 2015 - Pimlico decision
Soho Matthew Bennett (

25 July 2014 - Soho decision

​24 September 2019 - Soho re-designation decision

St. James's Peter Heath ( 5 February 2015
St. John's Wood

William Tucker (

Christine Cowdray (

9 June 2016 - St. John's Wood decision
Victoria 21 July 2015 - Victoria decision

Lawrence Harrault (

25 July 2014 - Westbourne decision

The Queens Park Community Council as a parish council are a body with authority to act on behalf of the community, to undertake neighbourhood planning and develop a neighbourhood plan.

If you're interested in neighbourhood planning, please email your name, address with postcode to:

Last updated: 21 January 2020