The Special Policy Area and Policies Map Revision was examined by Inspector Yvonne Wright BSc(Hons) DIPT&CP MSc MRTPI. This proceeded through written representations, with the consultation period from 6 July to 3 August.
The Basement Revision and the Mixed Use Revision were examined by Inspector David Smith BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI, including hearings on 8 March 2016 for the Basement Revision and 9 March 2016 for the Mixed Use Revision.
Prior to the adoption of Westminster's City Plan (July 2016), the council implemented a new approach to halt the loss of office space to residential conversion in Westminster, as announced in the Leader’s speech on 4 March and set out in the statements below. The new approach will apply to any scheme submitted on or after 1 September 2015 and will contribute to the Council’s vision of creating a City for All, and before 13 July 2016 when the policy was adopted and gained full weight.
Westminster’s City Plan: Strategic Policies was formally adopted by the full meeting of the council held on 13 November 2013.
This document follows a review and revision of the Core Strategy published in January 2011. From 13 November the Core Strategy has no effect and will not be taken into account in taking planning decisions.
The Strategic Policies were prepared to ensure consistency with the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published in March 2012 and replaced most of the national planning policies set out in planning policy statements and guidance notes (PPSs and PPGs). They also take account of new legislation, a new London Plan and other changes since 2011.
Adoption of the plan followed public examination by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State in May 2013. A number of modifications to the document were proposed by the council through the examination process. On 23 August the Cabinet Member for Built Environment agreed the final version of Westminster's City Plan: Strategic Policies with the changes recommended through the examination process, and agreed that it should be submitted to full council for formal adoption.
The documents the council is required to publish on adoption (see regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) can be downloaded below:
City Management Policies Revision
Regulation 18 Formal Consultation – notification of the intention to carry out the CMP Revision
The Council notified its intention to revise the Core Strategy for consultation between 1 May 2012 and 15 June 2012.
The City Council was previously developing its policies as a separate development plan document, the City Management Plan, to sit alongside the Core Strategy. However, we will now be including these detailed policies as a revision to Westminster's City Plan, to create a single local plan for Westminster.
The City Council consulted on a consultation draft City Management Plan between 18 November 2011 and 23 March 2012.
The City Council undertook an informal public consultation on the range of approaches for the City Management Plan from 24 January to 18 March 2011.
The City Council held an extensive series of public consultation workshops in the Summer of 2009, as a way to generate debate and gain input into shaping the range of policies, which would then become the City Management Plan Policy Options Document. The minutes and briefing notes are available here and audio recordings are available upon request.
In October 2008 we invited you to let us know what you would like to see in the City Management Plan , and whether you would like to be included in the City Management Plan workshops mentioned above.