Current and recent consultations
When producing planning policy documents, the council must comply with its Statement of Community Involvement. We inform, involve and consult our residents and stakeholders when drawing up planning policy documents. This includes development plan documents but also other documents such as draft supplementary planning documents, draft neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood forum designations.
This page contains information on all open and recent planning policy consultations.
Partial City Plan Review
Our City Plan provides our vision and framework for how long-term housing, commercial and infrastructure growth will be delivered in Westminster. The policies within the plan cover a range of topics including housing, sustainability, heritage, transport, the visitor economy and employment.
We undertook a six-week consultation at the end of 2022, known as a ‘Regulation 18 consultation’. This is a formal first step to provide opportunities for everyone to have an early input on the direction of policy development. We are now reviewing all of the responses received as part of this consultation.
More about the City Plan Partial Review
Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a statutory document which sets out how we carry out consultations and effectively engage the community in carrying out our planning duties.
This consultation is open for responses. It will close on 14 March 2023.
Draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD and Draft Informal Planning Guidance Note on Affordable Workspace
The council has recently consulted on its Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD provides further detail and guidance on how to implement a range of City Plan policies, supporting our aspirations to create vibrant communities, a thriving economy and a greener, cleaner and healthier city for our residents, workers and visitors.
The draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD focuses on instances where the council may require planning obligations and secure them through S106 legal agreements. In line with regulations, S106 contributions may only constitute a condition for granting planning permission if they meet the tests that they are necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms.
Read our draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD (March 2022):
The Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD, working alongside the City Plan and other adopted guidance, will help ensure that development positively contributes to the success of the city.
Alongside the draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD, we also consulted on a draft Informal Planning Guidance Note on Affordable Workspace.
See our draft Informal Planning Guidance Note on Affordable Workspace (March 2022):
Both consultations were open from Friday 18 March and closed on Friday 29 April. The council is now considering how these documents should be revised to respond to issues raised by consultees, and ensure they fully respond to key priorities such as the delivery of new affordable housing for those most in need.