This week Westminster City Council launched a wide-ranging public consultation to identify the best way forward to manage the future growth of Westminster.
Building height: Getting the right kind of growth for Westminster is seeking the views of all those that live, work and visit the City.
The feedback received during the course of the consultation, which will run for eight weeks, will help inform Westminster City Council’s future plans for the City which will be set out during the statutory consultation on the City Plan later this year. During the course of the consultation WCC will be attending a number of resident and business events and speaking with as many people as possible.
The consultation will run for eight weeks until 22 May.
Full details of the consultation can be found here: . We would encourage you to respond by using the online survey. Hard copies of the consultation report are available at Westminster City Hall and in the council’s libraries.
Some background to the consultation:
1) London’s population is expected to reach 10.5 million people by 2041 as the capital remains the fastest-growing region in the UK
2) Westminster’s residential population is projected to grow from 226,000 to 262,000 by 2036; meaning we have to find 21,000 new homes for those who want to live here
3) We also have to find an additional two million square metres of business floorspace to accommodate an additional 77,000 jobs and to make up for the significant amount of office space we have lost to housing since 2005
4) A staggering one million people currently travel in to the City each day and it is predicted that that the opening in 2018 of the new Elizabeth Line that runs east to west through Westminster will see annual passenger numbers of 200m
5) Westminster is one of the nation’s most important economic assets; our 47,000 businesses provide 697,000 jobs and generate £55.7billion annual GVA (15% of London’s and 4.3% of the nation’s) – larger than the City of London’s contribution.
6) 75% of the City falls within designated conservation areas
7) The Palace of Westminster is a World Heritage Site visited by millions of people and an international symbol of democracy
8) There are 11,000 listed buildings and structures, many cherished parks, squares and open spaces and, of course, the Royal Parks
9) Westminster’s central London location means it is touched by a number of protected ‘strategic views’ which seek to preserve the view of a specific place or historic building, including the Palace of Westminster, from locations across London. These may include the area behind the place or building concerned.
10) This all contributes to Westminster and London’s distinctiveness, offering an unrivalled and unique ambience which attracts investment, businesses, visitors and workers from across the globe.