Westminster city management plan launches consultation

Westminster city management plan launches consultationLocal authorities are calling on the opinions of those occupying flats to rent in Westminster to shape the future of its city management plan.

Residents are being asked to submit their opinions either online or in print about the new flagship strategy, which will set out a blueprint for all of the city's future policies on heritage, housing, transport, open spaces and environmental performance, among other matters.

The council is looking to build on Westminster's existing reputation as a leading UK centre for business, tourism and places of cultural interest in a way that caters to the needs and demands of its almost 230,000 residents.

As such, it will address many of the key issues currently affecting Westminster locals, setting out details on how the authority will deliver on its core strategy, while building on policies that are already in place.

Among the issues that are affected by the new plan are the establishment of stricter controls on residential basement excavations, plus new measures to improve building performance and minimise overheating and the use of air conditioning, thus making Westminster more environmentally friendly.

Moreover, opinions are also being sought on the planned establishment of a new family housing area in Maida Vale.

Robert Davis, deputy leader and cabinet member for the built environment, said the plan must balance the needs of local residents, businesses and tourists, all of whom contribute to the success of the Westminster economy.

"This city management plan brings together extensive community consultation. We are grateful to all those who have helped us shape the plan, especially those who spoke at our consultation workshops and responded to the issues and options," he added.

Earlier this month, the council moved to help locals save money on their energy bills with a new plan to install solar panels on domestic properties, which will aid 2,300 people.

Posted by Chris Price

Published 28th November, 2011

© 2011 Estates IT Limited

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