Westminster approves new City Plan for central London

Wed, 13/11/2019

Westminster City Council has approved its new City Plan 2019-2040 following a vote of the Full Council tonight (13th November).

Ambitious new policies to create more affordable homes, more jobs and a greener city form the backbone of the new plan – the council’s blueprint for development in the city for the next 20 years.

The City Plan, which sets out the planning policies for all development in the central London borough, has been developed following feedback during extensive public consultations and engagement.

The overarching aims are to create more affordable homes, the right environment for business success and more open, green spaces to enjoy in the heart of London. The new planning framework will set a clear direction for developers and householders, in order to meet a number of key targets:

  • 1,495 new homes every year for ten years and over 22,000 new homes up to 2040
  • 1,850 new affordable homes by 2023
  • Create new business floor space for 63,000 new jobs
  • Six in ten affordable homes to be intermediate housing
  • A clearer policy on tall buildings that rules them out across most of the city – with most new developments to match surrounding skyline.

Cllr Richard Beddoe, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning, said:

“Our new City Plan will pave the way to more homes, business growth and a greener city - striking a balance between conservation and the need to support more housing and jobs in the heart of the capital. It will help cement our position as one of the world’s best and most exciting places to live, work and visit.

“Now the plan has been approved by the council it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for public examination, which is a very important milestone before it can be formally adopted as local planning policy.  

“The City Plan has been developed as a result of sustained and meaningful dialogue with a large number of local resident groups, councilors, businesses and relevant regional and national bodies as well as other agencies and I would like to thank everyone for their involvement.”

Following two previous rounds of consultation, including the formal Regulation 19 stage, the council is confident that the current draft plan is sound and following Full Council’s approval it can now be submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the independent public examination process. 

All the draft City Plan papers and further background can be found on the Council’s website at www.westminster.gov.uk/revision-westminsters-city-plan 
For further information on the independent inspection process visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-plans

Last updated: 13 November 2019