Comments invited on draft of Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan

Hand drawn map.

A draft neighbourhood plan for Fitzrovia West has been published and people living and working in the area are invited to comment on and help improve the document before the final version is produced later this year. The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum -- known as FitzWest -- is seeking comments before producing a final plan which …

Twenty-fours hours in a central London neighbourhood

Benches on corner of street.

All of us city dwellers tend to live our lives much more in the public domain: in the streets, cafes and public spaces of our neighbourhood. My twenty-four hour diary gives a glimpse of how I use our streets, not only as a thoroughfare, but as a breathing space and a meeting place. 3.00pm Tuesday: …

A neighbourhood plan can help control development in Fitzrovia West

Fitzrovia West skyline.

People are often awestruck by the schemes which receive planning permission and feel powerless to influence decisions taken by distant committees. Poor development is waved through and little community benefit is offered in return. Now a group of local people in the Westminster part of Fitzrovia are working to resolve the problem, and raise the standard for developments that …

Fitzrovia West group to hold inaugural neighbourhood forum

Evening view of Great Titchfield Street.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum has been formally recognised by Westminster City Council for planning under the Localism Act and will hold its inaugural forum this month. "The diversity of people and activities in this area is in danger of irrevocable change," say the forum. "We have seen recent planning applications that take no account …

Bloomsbury and Holborn neighbourhood area proposal to be heard

By News Reporters Community organisations in Bloomsbury and Holborn will tonight meet to discuss a proposal to create a Bloomsbury and Holborn Neighbourhood Area under the Localism Act.  The Bloomsbury Association says, "We are currently in discussion with Holborn community groups to determine if they would be interested in joining a Forum that includes all of …

Griff Rhys Jones to talk about neighbourhood planning and Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters Local resident and actor Griff Rhys Jones will chair a discussion tonight about neighbourhood planning in Fitzrovia. He will also be talking about the Dylan Thomas Festival, a series of events commemorating 100 years since the birth of the Welsh poet.  The event is being organised by the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Steering …

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area application submitted to Westminster Council

By News Reporters A group of residents and business owners on the Westminster side of Fitzrovia have submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to Westminster Council for designation under the Localism Act. The application which was submitted at the end of September is the first step in the process of creating a community-led framework to guide …

The Marylebone Forum should be attractive to Fitzrovia residents

Michael Bolt of the Marylebone Forum replies to our news feature "Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?" First of all it has to be borne in mind what the Marylebone Forum is not. It is not a new form of amenity society, it is not a body seeking to take …

Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has been asked to join a proposed Marylebone neighbourhood forum which would deal with planning issues and more under a separate organisation which would shape the future development of an area stretching from Cleveland Street up to the Edgware Road. However the FNA has hesitated saying it …

Fitzrovia for sale: The Localism Bill – who is it good for?

In the final part of our three part feature, Linus Rees wonders who the forthcoming Localism Bill will really benefit. Pete Whyatt maps the neighbourhood. Originally Localism was hailed as a triumph for residential communities and democracy. No longer would  government impose its view on citizens and instead people would be given power to shape …