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 neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk 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:

i) 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

ii) 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

iii) 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 6 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 5 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no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires or is withdrawn.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. 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 Neighbourhood forum application documents Designation date
Belgravia Belgravia application 8 October 2014
Church Street Ward Church street application 25 July 2014
Churchill Gardens Churchill gardens application 9 October- Churchill Gardens decision
Fitzrovia (West) Fitzrovia (West) application 5 February 2015
Hyde Park and Paddington

Hyde Park and Paddington application

Hyde Park and Paddington constitution

Hyde Park and Paddington membership

9 June 2017-  Hyde Park and Paddington decision

Knightsbridge Knightsbridge application 21 July 2015 - Knightsbridge decision
Maida Hill Maida Hill application 7 September 2015 - Maida Hill decision
Marylebone Marylebone application 7 September 2015 - Marylebone decision
Mayfair Mayfair application 10 January 2014 - Mayfair decision
Notting Hill East Notting Hill East application 8 October 2014
Pimlico Pimlico application 9 October 2015 - Pimlico decision
Soho Soho application 25 July 2014 - Soho decision
St. James's St. James's application 5 February 2015
St. John's Wood St, John's Wood application 9 June 2016 - St. John's Wood decision
Victoria Victoria application 21 July 2015 - Victoria decision
Westbourne Westbourne application 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 neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk.


Last updated: 16 October 2017
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