City of Westminster: Election 2022
With the London Mayoral and GLA elections now behind us, Councillors are looking ahead to the London Borough elections set to take place next May. In Westminster several Councillors will be stepping down and boundary changes are taking place, potentially making some areas a political battleground. There will be a reduction in the number of wards from 20 to 18 in Westminster with a reduction in the number of Councillors overall from 60 to 54.
The key changes occur in the South of the City with Pimlico going from four wards to three and there is some consolidation in the centre of the city with Bryanston and Dorset Square Ward disappearing and being taken in by Marylebone, West End and St James’s wards. Labour will be looking to make gains in some areas of the City and the campaign will no doubt begin very soon. With a number of Councillors due to stand down new candidates will emerge in the coming months.
Focus on Sustainability
This week, Westminster City Council launched a consultation on the draft Environmental Supplementary Planning Document (ESPD) outlining policies to address the Climate Emergency. The full document can be found here. Westminster are inviting responses until the 28th June 2021 to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The draft gives details on how developers can meet the highest sustainability standards covering issues such as air quality, local environmental impacts, green infrastructure, flood risk, energy and waste. Planning policies to address the climate emergency are likely to stay at the top of the agenda for Westminster as the leadership and both Labour and Conservative groups agree on the need to tackle emissions from the built environment.
New Community Engagement Protocol
Westminster have released new, draft ‘Early Community Engagement Guidance’ for developers and a finalised version of the new protocol is set to published in June. The informal guidance promotes the use of digital engagement methods in combination with traditional engagement methods and encourages more transparency in engagement with communities on development proposals. Read the draft protocol here.
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