Revision to Westminster's City Plan

Notification of consultation on new City Plan (in accordance with Regulation 18)

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 now intends to undertake a full review of the entire plan. This provides an opportunity to renew the council’s planning policy agenda, in line with its City for All vision. It will reconsider 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). 

We are seeking views on what the 'Westminster City Plan Full Revision' should include. This consultation runs from 16 June to 28 July 2017.

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.

If you have any comments on the Westminster City Plan Full Revision please send them in writing by 28 July to planningpolicy@westminster.gov.uk or by post to Policy and Strategy, 6th Floor Westminster City Council, 5 Strand, London, WC2N 5HR.

A revised timetable has also been published on 16 June to take account of this change. This replaces the previous timetable published in March 2015. View the new timetable

The council has also made a number of related Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights.

To be notified of future consultations, please email planningpolicy@westminster.gov.uk so we can add you to our consultation database

Recent previous stages

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.

View more information about the adoption of the City Plan.

Submission to the Secretary of State

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.

Formal pre-submission consultation (Regulation 19)

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. 

Formal notice (Regulation 18) 

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 booklet consultations

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.

View the booklets and responses received during the consultations.


Last updated: 21 June 2017
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