At the Westbourne Park Baptist Church Councillors Nickie Aiken and Richard Beddoe today launched the consultation for Westminster City Council’s draft City Plan 2019-2040.
Cllr Aiken started the event by saying that it is a Plan that places people, homes and the environment at its heart, with a target of delivering more homes for people on lower and middle incomes. Currently only around 1.5% of the City’s housing stock is intermediate housing and the Council will be asking for 60% of all affordable units in the future to be intermediate (it is currently 40%).
Cllr Aiken also announced that the annual target for housing delivery will be 1,495 homes a year. This contrasts with a London Plan requirement of 1,010 homes a year – representing almost 50% more than the London Plan requirement.
Cllr Beddoe stated that the Plan is a positive, visionary document that will guide development, promising an approach that is open, transparent and involves local communities.
Other announcements made at the launch include:
The Plan also says that, with respect to commercial use and affordable housing requirements in the Central Activities Zone (CAZ):
There is clearly a lot of information in the City Plan to digest and the full document is available here. The consultation ends on 21st December.