Westminster's Unitary Development Plan (UDP) was approved by full council on 24 January 2007, and parts of it were ‘saved’ by the Secretary of State on the 24 January 2010. Some of these have also been replaced by Westminster's City Plan (PDF, 6.6MB).
The City of Westminster Affordable Rent Statement (PDF, 41KB), agreed by the Cabinet Member for Housing and Property in September 2011, sets out the council's position on the new affordable rent tenure.
Implementing the NPPF transitional arrangements
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) includes transitional arrangements for the new system.
Planning applications in Westminster must be determined in accordance with the below unless material considerations indicate otherwise:
For the purposes of decision-taking, the policies in the UDP shouldn't be considered out-of-date simply because they were adopted before the publication of the NPPF. However, policies in the NPPF are material considerations which the council should take into account.
The NPPF must also be taken into account in the preparation of plans. Plans will need to be revised to take into account the policies in the NPPF. This will be progressed as quickly as possible, through two partial reviews of the Core Strategy. The first review stage has already been completed when Westminster’s City Plan: Strategic Policies replaced the Core Strategy in November 2013. The second stage will insert city management policies into Westminster’s City Plan, to replace those policies currently in the UDP.
Due weight should be given to relevant policies in the UDP according to their degree of consistency with the NPPF (the closer the policies in the plan to the policies in the NPPF, the greater the weight that may be given).
Decision-takers may also give weight (unless material considerations indicate otherwise) to the city management policies according to:
- the stage of preparation (the more advanced the preparation, the greater the weight that may be given)
- the extent to which there are unresolved objections to relevant policies (the less significant the unresolved objections, the greater the weight that may be given)
- the degree of consistency of the relevant policies in the city management policies to the policies in the NPPF (the closer the city management policies are to the policies in the NPPF, the greater the weight that may be given)
Although the emerging city management policies are a material consideration, the council considers that they are not yet at a stage where the detailed policies can have any significance when determining planning applications.