Westminster’s new draft City Plan reaches milestone

Mon, 28/10/2019

Ambitious new planning policies to create more affordable homes, more jobs and a greener city as part of its new City Plan 2019-2040 are set to go before Westminster City Council’s Full Council for consideration next month.

The draft 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:

“Following extensive consultation and discussions over many months we’re confident our draft City Plan strikes 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.

“Subject to consideration and approval of the draft City Plan at Full Council, it will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for inspection as we meet yet another important milestone in the development of this vital plan for Westminster and London.”

The City Plan has been developed as a result of sustained and meaningful dialogue with a large number of local resident groups, businesses and relevant regional and national bodies as well as other agencies.

Following two previous rounds of consultation, including the formal Regulation 19 stage, the council is confident that the current draft plan is sound and ready to be considered by Full Council on 13 November 2019, ahead of submission to the Secretary of State, subject to that local approval.

All the draft City Plan papers and further background can be found on the Council’s website at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/cityplan2040 


Last updated: 28 October 2019