The council submitted the City Plan 2019-2040 to the Secretary of State on 19 November 2019.
Following an independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate the council received the Inspectors’ Report on the City Plan 2019-2040 on 19 March 2021. This concludes that with the recommended main modifications, the plan is sound and compliant with legal requirements.
The conclusions of this report mean that the council will now proceed towards formal adoption of the City Plan 2019-2040: Intend to Adopt version (incorporating these main modifications) at the next meeting of Full Council.
Given the advanced stage in the plan-making process, all policies in the City Plan 2019-2040 will therefore now carry significant weight as a material consideration when Westminster City Council carries out its duty under s.38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Once the City Plan 2019-2040 has been adopted, it will be the Local Plan for Westminster and will replace all current policies in Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and saved policies in the Unitary Development Plan (2007). It will therefore become part of Westminster’s Development Plan together with the London Plan and any made Neighbourhood Plans.