The council is currently working on a complete review of its City Plan. Consultation on the draft City Plan started on Monday 12 November 2018 and closed on Friday 21 December 2018. Download the draft City Plan and find further information on the consultation process
Although the latest Local Development Scheme (June 2017) anticipated consultation on the new draft plan in September 2017, it has been necessary to review the timeline in direct response to the national and regional policy changes in recent months, particularly on affordable housing. Additionally, the Mayor has published his draft London Plan for consultation (December 2017 to March 2018) which directly impacts on Westminster’s policies.
These policy, context and legislation changes have a relevant impact in the content and policies that form the City Plan. Adjusting the timetable enables the council to better consider all the new information when preparing the City Plan which means that in the long-run it will be more effective, relevant and up to date, negating early major reviews.
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Following the completion of a number of separate revisions to the Westminster City Plan (in respect of basements, mixed use, special policy areas and the policies map) and the change in leadership and key Cabinet Member positions at Westminster, the council undertook a full review of the entire plan. This provided an opportunity to renew the council’s planning policy agenda, in line with its City for All vision. It reconsidered the strategic vision, objectives, and the direction that the plan should take on a number of important areas, as well as updating facts and figures, and progressing all remaining and previously consulted upon changes as part of a single comprehensive revision, which incorporates and updates policies currently ‘saved’ from the Unitary Development Plan (2007).
On 16 June 2017 the Council issued a Regulation 18 notice to consult on the scope of the City Plan full revision. This consultation ran from 16 June to 28 July 2017 and is now closed.
Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster, and will replace all current policies in the adopted Westminster’s City Plan, and saved policies in the Unitary Development Plan. Detailed information about the programme and proposed contents of this revision is set out in Westminster’s Local Development Scheme, along with a revised timetable (published on 16 June 2017 to replace the March 2015 timetable).
The council has also made a number of related Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights.
To support the Full Revision of the City Plan, the council is consulting on a revised and updated draft scoping report for its Integrated Impact Assessment. The draft scoping report proposes a set of objectives and indicators against which the council will appraise the environmental, social and economic sustainability impacts as well as the equalities, health, and crime and disorder effects of its policies.
View the Integrated Impact Assessment Scoping Report (consultation draft).
Consultation on this draft scoping report took place between 25 August and 29 September 2017.
Have a look at our integrated impact assessment for more information including the Scoping report.
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The council formally adopted the latest version of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) on 9 November 2016 which includes the Special Policy Area and Policies Map Revision.
The special policy areas and policies map revision was submitted to the Secretary of State on 11 May 2016. Further information can be found on the previous stages of Westminster's City Plan page.
The council consulted on the making of an Article 4 Direction for basement development, and on the making of an Article 4 Direction for office to residential development but intends to withdraw this following the recent announcements from government on the exemption for London’s Central Activities Zone. A new direction will be made at a later date.
The council consulted on the special policy areas and policies map revision (publication draft) between 4 December 2015 and 7 February 2016.
The council consulted on the basements and mixed use revision (publication draft) between 16 July and 9 September 2015.
The council notified its intention to revise the Westminster City Plan from 19 March to 1 May 2015. This is a legal requirement to notify people that we intend to make the changes, and ask people what they think the changes should include.
Have a look at our integrated impact assessment for more information including Scoping report.
Informal booklets were published to engage people with our changes to the City Plan and seek a broad range of views about the future direction. They have been retained on this page as they form the background for the formal consultation which is the next stage.
The development of these policies has a long lead-in time, going back as far as October 2008, and you can look back through this by looking at the previous stages of the Westminster City Plan. All consultations that have been carried out to date will inform revisions to the city plan.