Local people will have more say on developments in their area as part of a major shake-up of planning in Westminster.
Council Leader, Nickie Aiken, is to usher in a new era of openness and aspiration following the publication of an independent review of the council’s planning system.
The shake-up will place people at the heart of decision making. Rather than being purely a regulatory check, planning will become the engine room driving forward the council’s priorities of creating affordable housing, commercial space fit for modern businesses and more healthy and green spaces.
Westminster City Council Leader, Nickie Aiken said: “We have put planning under the microscope and made changes which put local people at the heart of decision making.
“The council oversees some of the most valuable, high profile developments in the world so our entire planning process needs to be robust and transparent.
"When I became Leader I took immediate action, opening up planning decisions to more scrutiny, making sure all meetings about planning applications take place in council offices with officers present, and launching an independent review."
Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm, Richard Beddoe said: “The review shows that our staff do excellent work, but also reveals where we can improve.
"We will use this opportunity to make planning the driving force of our vision for the future of Westminster and opening it up so every resident can contribute their views.”
The planning review was undertaken by the Planning Advisory Service (PAS), part of the Local Government Association. PAS identified a number of key findings;
The council will formally consider the findings of the review and the proposed changes at its upcoming Cabinet Meeting on 25 October.
The full findings of the planning review are available here