New Mayfair Special Status in Future Planning

A newly revised version of the Westminster City Plan, covering 2019 to 2040, has been drafted following an extensive review process.

The plan sets out a long-term vision for the buildings and spaces where we all live, work and have fun.

Key to the plan is a desire to build more affordable homes, the regeneration of areas around Victoria and Paddington and the introduction of a neighbourly development policy.

Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster. Throughout, the plan prioritises sustainability, and encourages walking and cycling. 

The plan also identifies ‘specialist clusters’, places whose character adds significantly to our community including Mayfair, St James and Savile Row in West End Ward.

The specific provisions for Mayfair and St James reflect the unique character of the area and the proposed new guidelines will protect and enhance the existing scale and type of buildings as well as the mixture of styles and functions.

This includes recognition of the prestigious buildings and activities located there. Mayfair has long been the epicentre of the UK’s art and antiques markets and galleries are highlighted as one key activity that mark out the area. The City Plan encourages the development of new gallery spaces.

Similarly, the tradition of bespoke tailoring is highlighted in guidance on future plans for Savile Row. The City Plan makes clear the desire of Westminster Council and local people to see that continue with a stated ambition to retain what is there and grow the workshops and retail facilities needed.

Mayfair is a gem in the heart of our city and its facets reflect centuries of tradition. Today it has a global reputation that we need to protect and enhance by allowing only for developments that will improve the area and build on its heritage and the City Plan goes a long way to ensuring that will happen.

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