Westminster's City Plan

Westminster’s City Plan is the key policy document for determining planning applications in Westminster. As the most local and up-to-date policies, these should be looked at first, and take priority over Unitary Development Policies.

Westminster's City Plan (November 2016)

Policies map

Adoption of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016)

On 9 November 2016, the council formally adopted the latest version of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) which includes the Special Policy Areas and Policies Map Revision, as well as the previously adopted Basements Revision and the Mixed use Revision.

Following the independent examination, the Inspector’s Report was published in August 2016 and the recommended main modifications have been incorporated.

View previous stages of Westminster’s City Plan

Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) is available above and all associated documents can be downloaded below:

Paper copies are available on request (planningpolicy@westminster.gov.uk) or for inspection at Westminster City Hall and Westminster’s libraries.

Here you can see information on the previous stages of Westminster's City Plan.

Statements on Affordable Housing Policy

​The Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning has today (14th May 2019) issued a formal statement on the application of Westminster’s adopted affordable housing policy (S16) in light of the revisions to the NPPF and emerging London Plan. The statement explains that the council will now be requiring affordable housing contributions based on total (gross) residential floorspace.

The Statement on Affordable Housing Policies, 13 June 2017 (PDF, 339KB), announced by the Leader of the Council on 13 June 2017, sets out an interim approach to the application of Westminster’s planning policies to support housing delivery ahead of the adoption of the revised City Plan next year.

It explains how existing planning policies will be applied and makes it clear that developments should meet our affordable housing policies and how this should be done.

Interim implementation of the Affordable Housing Policy

Interim note on the Affordable Housing Policy April 2015

This note sets out how the council will apply its affordable housing policy and how payments in lieu are calculated. Please note Gross Internal Area is now used for the calculations and the per unit sum figures stated in the Interim Note are out of date. The correct figures are given below.

Annual update to the residential per unit sum used in financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing

The 'per unit sum' figure is currently £304,000 (and £406,000 in the designated higher value areas) as of 1 April 2016.

Further information about the decision to increase the figure can be found on the Executive Decisions page.

​Inclusive Local Economy and Employment

Interim guidance note 'Inclusive Local Economy and Employment' (PDF, 550KB)

As part of our City for All vision, new developments contribute towards initiatives that provide employment, training and skills development for our residents and ensure that local people and communities benefit. 

The 'Inclusive Local Economy and Employment' guidance note provides clarity on how these contributions are negotiated and at what level. This guidance will be incorporated into a supplementary planning document on developer contributions following the adoption of the new City Plan.

Last updated: 18 March 2020