Westminster City Council is today launching a wide-ranging public consultation to identify the best way forward to manage the future growth of Westminster.
Building height: Getting the right kind of growth for Westminster is seeking the views of all those that live, work and visit the city.
The feedback received during the course of the consultation, which will run for eight weeks, will help inform Westminster City Council’s future plans for the City which will be set out during the statutory consultation on the City Plan later this year. As part of this consultation there will be a series of public events taking place across the City.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm, Cllr Daniel Astaire said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Westminster. As our City grows, this will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for all those that live, work and visit the area to shape its future.
“We cannot stand still. London’s population is expected to grow by almost 25% by 2041. That means we have to act now to find the best way to manage that growth and ensure that Westminster remains the centre of a leading world city.
“Protecting the unique character of Westminster, as well as the World Heritage Site, is absolutely paramount. However, there is an important balance to strike to ensure we do so while also delivering the jobs and homes that will continue to position Westminster as the centre of London. This means we will have to, where appropriate, increase the density in order to cater for the expected growth.
“Accommodating this growth needn’t necessarily mean tall buildings; in many cases it will simply mean an extra storey here and there and building behind the facades where possible, as we have seen with great success along Regent Street.
“As we have made clear in our consultation document, our overriding objective is to deliver the ‘right kind’ of growth in order to balance the many different needs that people have, and to ensure that we secure the best possible deal for them we would urge as many people to take part in the consultation.”