Neighbourhood Forum Update

As a result of the Localism Act communities can now put forward proposals to establish a Neighbourhood Forum. These Forums can then develop a local plan and shape decisions about planning in local community.

Groups in Soho, Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Mayfair have all submitted proposals to Westminster Council which cover parts of West End ward to establish a local Neighbourhood Forum covering these areas.

Some of those proposals have already been subject to public consultation and Westminster City Council is currently reviewing the responses to those consultations. Westminster has seen an unprecedented level of interest in neighbourhood planning compared to any other London Borough.

In the West End a number of the  applications received have overlapping boundaries  with the boundary of Soho and Mayfair applications. Also the Marylebone Central application which covers Fitzrovia conflicts with a new cross-Borough application submitted last week by the Fitzrovia Forum which would see both Westminster and Camden Borough areas of Fitzrovia covered by a single Neighbourhood Forum. This was subject to a public meeting last week.

Westminster City Council anticipates that decisions will be made in relation to neighbourhood area designations before the end of the financial year, although the submission of overlapping neighbourhood area applications - like Fitzrovia - may delay this in some instances.

I would encourage all residents and businesses with a view to contact the Council (the council officer leading is Thomas Kimber -

Details of all the plans submitted can be found on the council’s website along with maps and the bid documents at .

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