We need your help with the Referendum

Westminster City Council has confirmed that the Referendum on the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 18 October 2018.  We are the first of 17 neighbourhood forums in the City of Westminster to reach this exciting stage!

The Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum over more than three years and after two public exhibitions, two statutory public consultations and a formal 'Examination'.  Most importantly, it would support retention of the Hyde Park Barracks and frame any redevelopment there.  It would also encourage retail shops and manage cafés, mitigate construction activity, reduce air pollution, maximise the benefits of trees and ensure that at least 25% of developer community funding is spent locally e.g. on measures contributing to a clean, safe and quiet neighbourhood.  Read the referendum version of the full Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan or a summary of it.

Voters on the local electoral roll in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area will be asked:

'Do you want Westminster City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?' 

We need your help to raise awareness of the Referendum and encourage people to 'Vote Yes'.  Anyone on the electoral roll whose address is within the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area is entitled to vote and already registered.  The closing date for registering to vote, if you're not already registered (e.g. new students or soldiers), will be midnight on Tuesday 2 October and the last time to request a postal or proxy vote, if you haven't already, will be 5pm on Wednesday 3 October.  You can find out more about voting here.  The polling station will be at Kent House Knightsbridge, Rutland Gardens, London SW7 1BX.

Please note that people can be registered to vote in two different local authority areas if they spend roughly equal amounts of time in each.  People can only vote once in a UK general election.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved or have any questions.  For example, would you be willing to place an A4-sized poster on a notice board in your building or hand out leaflets?

We're keen to hear from you.

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Key dates in 2018

Midnight on Tuesday 2 October - Deadline for registering to vote

5pm on Wednesday 3 October - Deadline for requesting a postal vote

Thursday 18 October - Polling day (7am to 10pm)

Information and notice published by Westminster City Council 

Referendum timetable WCC 030918

Information Statement WCC 100918

Notice of referendum WCC 130918

General information on planning and neighbourhood planning WCC 030918

Register to vote WCC 130918

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.

Key documents and links

Read a summary of the referendum version of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan here.

Read the referendum version of the full Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan here.

Read highlights of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan 2018 to 2037 here.

Updated on 13 September 2018