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14/11/2019

Plan for central London approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Westminster City Council has approved City Plan 2019-2040, its development blueprint, as it aims to deliver more than 22,000 homes over the plan period.

The plan is designed to create more affordable homes, the “right environment” for business success and more open, green spaces.

Approved last night at a meeting of the full council, the plan targets delivery of:

  • 1,495 new homes every year for 10 years and more than 22,000 up to 2040;
  • 1,850 new affordable homes by 2023;
  • Six in 10 affordable homes as intermediate housing;
  • Business floor space for 63,000 new jobs; and
  • A clearer policy on tall buildings that rules them out across most of the city. New developments should match the surrounding skyline.

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.

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

Following two rounds of consultation, including the regulation 19 stage, the council added that it is confident that the current draft plan is sound. It will be now be submitted to the housing secretary for consideration before it can be adopted as policy.

More information about the plan can be found on the Westminster City Council website.

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