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Emerging policies and consultations

Find out about our forthcoming work, how we engage and the council's responses to consultations

Published on: 13 May 2021

Last updated: 8 October 2021

Current and recent consultations

When producing planning policy documents, the council must comply with this 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 planning policy consultations.

Article 4 Direction Class E (commercial, business, and service) to C3 (dwelling houses) 

The council has an existing Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for changes of use from B1(a) (offices) to C3 (dwelling houses) in Westminster’s Central Activities Zone. Read more about Article 4 Directions in Westminster.

As a result of subsequent changes to the Use Classes Order, and new permitted development rights allowing the conversion of Class E (commercial, business, and service) floorspace to Class C3 (dwelling houses), we consulted on the introduction of a new Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction between 21 July 2021 - 1 September 2021.

The proposed new Article 4 Direction, a map of the area to which it relates, and a public notice can all be viewed below: 

Article 4 direction Article 4 direction
Article 4 Direction PDF, 1.26 MB, 3 pages
Article 4 Public Notice PDF, 39.06 KB, 1 page


Justification for the proposed new Article 4 Direction can also be found in the below Cabinet Member Report:

Article 4 Direction CMR PDF, 1.38 MB, 20 pages

The Council received 16 comments in total during the consultation period. These comments and the Councils response can be viewed in the document below:


The Council now intends to formally confirm the Article 4 Direction in July 2021.

Environment SPD

The council has consulted on its Environmental Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Environmental SPD provides further detail and guidance on the City Plan’s environment policies, supporting our aspirations to create a greener, cleaner and healthier city. It gives details on how developers can meet the highest sustainability standards covering issues such as air quality, local environmental impacts, green infrastructure, flood risk, energy and waste.

See our draft Environmental SPD (May 2021):


Westminster is leading the way in tackling climate change and improving air quality to deliver a cleaner, greener and healthier environment for our residents, workers and visitors.  The Environmental SPD, working alongside the City Plan, will help ensure that we drive emissions reductions and wider environmental sustainability through the city’s built environment.

The consultation took place between 17 May 2021 and 28 June 2021.