The draft Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan (the 'Plan') includes policies on a range of matters including character, heritage, community uses, retail, offices, housing, cultural uses, transport and the environment.
If adopted, it 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.
The referendum question will be:
'Do you want Westminster City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Knightsbridge Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'
Please note comments made by the Examiner in her final report about Westminster's UDP 'saved' policies and that the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan explains that '...a number of policies in the Westminster Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2007 have been 'saved' and form part of the development plan' (para 0.3 on page 7).
Further details regarding the Referendum will be added in due course.
On Tuesday 21 August 2018, the Council decided to accept all of the Examiner’s recommended modifications to the draft plan. A copy of the decision statement can be viewed below.
It is also available for inspection, alongside the Examiner’s report and the 'Referendum version' of the Plan, during normal opening hours at Mayfair and Victoria Libraries and at the Council’s offices at 5 The Strand and Portland House, Brassenden Place.
The plan will now proceed to a Referendum.
The Council appointed Ms Jill Kingaby BSc (Econ) MSc MRTPI as independent examiner (the 'Examiner') for the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan.
The Examiner has now considered the draft plan and all submission documents, all representations received and subsequent modifications proposed to it. The examination into whether the draft plan meets the ‘Basic Conditions’ has now concluded, and the Examiner's recommendations are set out in the report below.
When the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan was originally submitted to the Council, it formed three parts – the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan, the Knightsbridge Evidence Base Document and the Knightsbridge Management Plan.
Following an initial review of the documentation submitted to her, the Examiner determined that the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan should be treated as a stand alone document and that the other documents comprise supporting, evidential material that should be treated separately and not be subject to Examination (see document ED08 Examiner's letter 18.04.18 below).
Nevertheless, the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum has updated the Knightsbridge Evidence Base Document and the Knightsbridge Management Plan to reflect comments received on them during the Regulation 16 consultation and to ensure consistency with the modifications made to the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan subsequent to their submission to the Council.
These supporting documents provide context for the policies in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan and set out actions the Forum wishes to pursue over the plan period. The Forum has published the updated documents together with its best practice guidance on its website here.
1. Westminster's webpage
2. Responses to the Regulation
Westminster's consultation on the Submission Version of the Plan ran from 20 December 2017 to 14 February 2018. 99 responses were received with over half coming from organisations including businesses. The majority of responses from residents, organisations and businesses were supportive of the Plan.
3. Submitted documents
View the list of evidence used to support the Plan.
4. Examination documents
Last updated 8 October 2018