Archive for December 2013

Share your views on cycling in Westminster

Westminster City Council has launched a public consultation on its draft Westminster Cycling Strategy and are seeking your views. 

Cycling is rapidly growing in popularity, particularly in London, but also across the country. As more and more people choose to cycle for work or leisure it is right that Westminster can to make it safer and even more attractive as a way of getting around. Westminster has a strong track record of delivering improvements for cyclists over the past few years, but is planning to do more as a city to support cycling. Issues such as narrow streets etc... means getting the correct balance between all road users proves to be very difficult and that making changes will take time.
The strategy documents can be viewed online at and there is also an online questionnaire to fill in. Hard copies of these documents will also be made available in Westminster libraries.
Questionnaires should be completed by no later than Monday 20 January 2014, when the consultation will close. Make sure you make your comments known as every completed questionnaire will be carefully considered. 

Fitzroy Place Development

Please see below the Fitzroy Place Newsletter for December 2013 / January 2014 for the latest works and upcoming activities:

Exemplar_Newsletter_December_2013 EMAIL

Special Policy Area for Mayfair to protect arts usages

The recent planning applications for Cork Street, which were covered extensively in earlier blog entries, put into sharp relief the pressure that specialist traders and shops are coming under given the unrelenting rise in property values and rentals throughout the West End.

One of the many great things about the West End is the specialist retailers and service providers who, for historic reasons, congregated in particular parts of the West End. The bespoke tailoring business is protected within the Savile Row Special Policy Area and a consultation is now in place to create a similar protection for arts and antiques uses in Mayfair and indeed in neighbouring St James’s.

Your thoughts and views on these proposals will help to shape the framework to protect them for future generations.

You have until 14 February 2014 in which to make your thoughts known and a link to the consultation document is attached:

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Advice for Wesminster Residents

West End residents and those that are living and working in Westminster are entitled to seek advice on matters of concern or problems that they are experiencing.

This service is provided through the Westminster Adult Service Partnership (WASP) whose website is This advice is provided free of charge and is independent, confidential and impartial and available to all residents of Westminster regardless of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion.

A guide to the services provided is set out below:

WASP Referral Guidance Notes.pdf

Going out in the West End over Christmas?

Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police have launched a website that lets you plan your journey home, set text reminders, discover your ‘Christmas party persona’ and the chance to win some prizes. This website comes at a time when festive parties and outings with friends, family and colleagues will be extremely common for everyone.

Throughout the festive period there will also be three safe departure zones across the West End. The departure zones are there to provide advice and assistance if you need help getting home. For more information, tools and advice, visit and or follow @gethomesafeLDN on twitter.

Public Exhibition Boards - Bruton Street, Bruton Lane, Barlow Place and Grafton Street

A Panning Application is to be submitted to Westminster City Council before Christmas for the redevelopment illustrated in the exhibition displayed below:‎

This scheme has many important benefits for the contribution to the regeneration of Mayfair and aims to do the following:

  • Reconfigure the arrangement of office and residential accommodation across the site  
  • Refine the design of the permitted buildings on Grafton St, Bruton St and Bruton Lane 
  • Improve the amenity space for both the office and residential accommodation  
  • Improve the Public Realm 
A public exhibition has already taken place but any feedback provided here, or by email, will form part of that report so please take this opportunity to view the attached and make your comments so that the local voice is heard. Westminster City Council will also consult residents, businesses and the local community during the application determination period.

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