Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum (Forum) was the first neighbourhood forum in the City of Westminster (Westminster) to submit its Neighbourhood Plan to the Council for a Submission (Regulation 16) Consultation (from 20 December 2017 to 14 February 2018).
The Forum was designated by Westminster on 21 July 2015 as a neighbourhood forum under the Localism Act 2011 and has a five year exclusive right to develop an official neighbourhood plan for the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area (see map above). All neighbourhood plan policies undergo a process of formal Examination after the Submission (Regulation 16) Consultation and then a Referendum of residents on the electoral roll. The Forum also has a say in the use of Community Infrastructure Level (CIL) funds from developments.
If adopted after the Referendum, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Westminster's statutory development plan and will be used alongside the Council's own planning documents and the Mayor's London Plan in determining planning applications in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area.
Under the Forum’s constitution at least half its board must comprise local residents with the Chair always being a resident. We are very pleased that local cultural institutions and businesses are also represented on the Forum board and are guaranteed a role in its governance.