Neighbourhood groups say no to Oxford Street ‘transformation’ plans

Better Oxford Street leaflet.

Community groups from the four districts surrounding Oxford Street are calling on residents to oppose pedestrianisation of the shopping street by responding to a consultation saying they do not support the plans. The collection of associations in Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho say the joint consultation by Transport for London and Westminster City Council is designed in …

Westminster council to hold two part consultation on Oxford Street plans

Cyclist, taxi and bus on Oxford Street.

Westminster City Council will carry out the first of two separate public consultations starting next week (Monday 24 April) before deciding on how to implement the Mayor of London's vision for Oxford Street. "The consultation will start on 24 April, ahead of a second consultation on a preferred scheme in November 2017," says the West End …

Fitzrovia community group heaps scorn on Westminster Council’s plans for taller and bulkier buildings

Map of the City of Westminster showing policy areas.

A Fitzrovia community group has added its voice to criticism of Westminster Council's proposals to increase the number of tall and denser buildings allowed to accommodate economic and population growth. The Council before it revises its City Plan wants to hear the public's views in an eight week consultation on how it should shape the city …

Great Portland Estates accused of misusing the planning system

Corner of street and construction work.

People living next to a construction site in Fitzrovia say they have been treated with contempt by property developer Great Portland Estates (GPE) after the FTSE 250 company made numerous alterations to the design of new offices having gained initial planning consent. In November 2014 the PR company Four Communications held an exhibition of plans for the redevelopment of a …

Fitzrovia BID considers ‘tidying up’ its boundaries ahead of renewal vote

Man riding cargo bike.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District is currently reviewing the size of its estate and considering expanding across the borough boundary from Camden into Westminster. The Fitzrovia Partnership BID was established in 2012 in the Camden part of Fitzrovia after 72 businesses voted in favour of it, and despite the resistance from local residents. Members of the BID in premises with …

Businesses and organisations should check draft rateable value

It only takes a few minutes to check your business rates.

Businesses and organisations in Fitzrovia should check their draft rateable value before the end of November to prevent getting an incorrect bill next year. "It is important to check that the information the VOA use to calculate the rateable value of your property is correct, otherwise you may be paying more than you need to," says …

Westminster Council seeks views on rough sleeping strategy

Westminster City Council is seeking views on its new draft Rough Sleeping Strategy which sets out how it will tackle the problem over the next three years. "Rough sleeping is a growing problem nationally, but is particularly acute in Westminster, which has by far the highest number of rough sleepers in the country", states the draft Rough Sleeping …

Westminster Council releases viability report on Cleveland Street site

Hoarding around building site.

After months of stalling Westminster City Council has finally released a secret report explaining the finances behind plans for a major development of luxury flats by a private company on land owned by the council. In June 2015 a committee headed by councillor Robert Davis approved plans for a controversial development of 105 flats in three tower blocks but …

Camden and Westminster want to relax requirements for affordable housing in Fitzrovia

Scaffolding worker on site.

The prospects for securing any further affordable housing in Fitzrovia appear to be narrowing as both Camden and Westminster want to change their statutory planning guidance in favour of major developers. It is in the interests of developers to reduce the amount spent on affordable housing to an absolute minimum and many commission confidential ‘viability …

Updated plans for Marylebone to Fitzrovia cycle route to be shown

Map of proposed cycle routes.

Updated plans for a Marylebone to Fitzrovia cycle route are to be shown at a public consultation event on Thursday 28 January. Plans for a new route connecting Edgware Road to Cleveland Street, as part of the Central London Cycle Grid, will be unveiled after changes following a previous consultation. "In October 2015 the City Council consulted residents and businesses on proposals …

North-south cycle ‘quietway’ proposed for Fitzrovia streets

Drawing of public realm changes.

A north-south cycle route with contraflows and a segregated track is planned through the centre of Fitzrovia by Westminster City Council and Transport for London as part of a Central London Cycle Grid. The route would link Fitzrovia with Pimlico via Trafalgar Square and St James's Park. The streets in Fitzrovia affected by the proposals are …

City West Homes apologises to residents for delayed maintenance on homes

Street scene with scaffolding.

Residents in Hanson Street are furious with City West Homes for the shambolic way it has carried out maintenance works on Westminster Council housing stock. City West Homes (CWH) manage the properties under an arms length management agreement (ALMO) for the City Council. Maintenance works for seven housing blocks in Hanson Street should have been completed …

City West Homes has poorly managed this maintenance programme and blighted people’s lives

Street scene with scaffolding.

By Edward Kellow If you have been down Hanson Street in Fitzrovia recently you may have noticed the number of buildings shrouded in scaffolding and green netting. This isn’t an art installation or a leftover from the Fitzrovia Arts week. The scaffolding is part of a programme of repairs to housing managed by City West Homes …

Late hours cut for five star hotel in Berners Street

Front of hotel.

Westminster City Council has reduced the licensing hours of a five star hotel in Fitzrovia after receiving complaints about noise nuisance from the premises.   A review of the premises licence of The London Edition hotel, 10 Berners Street, was held on 17 September to consider an application submitted by a local resident on the grounds of the prevention …

Westminster council unveils plans for Fitzrovia and Marylebone cycle quietway

Map of cycling route.

Westminster City Council is to hold an exhibition of plans to create an east-west cycling quietway through Fitzrovia and Marylebone. The section of this route being consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 2km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, …

Residents’ association calls on Marylebone High Street ward councillors to resign

Marylebone High Street ward Councillors.

A residents’ association in Fitzrovia is calling for the resignation of three Conservative ward councillors after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed they withheld information about the sell off and major redevelopment of a property just eight metres from their homes. This summer Westminster council's planning committee approved plans for three tower blocks and …

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 …

London Assembly member directs Mayor to reject plans for Cleveland Street development

Man and woman looking out window.

A Greater London Assembly member has directed the Mayor of London to reject plans to redevelop a triangular commercial building in Cleveland Street after making a visit to the site and meeting local people. Murad Qureshi a Labour member of the Greater London Assembly (GLA) met residents in July to listen to their concerns about plans for a major …

Banksy is not a ‘disgrace’ – it is Westminster council that is a disgrace

Banksy artwork on wall saying: If Graffiti Changed Anything.

Councillor Robert Davis at his first planning committee since receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List showed no signs of the humility normally associated with someone recognised for public service. If he was humbled, he was hiding it well. Davis was a sight to behold has he read out his lengthy declaration of interest before …

Westminster Council planners accused of ‘cavalier attitude’ over Banksy site redevelopment plans

Aerial view of buildings.

A residents' association in Fitzrovia has accused Westminster Council's planning officers of having a "cavalier attitude" towards assessing documents for a major development proposal and has asked for the consultation period to be extended. However, the City Council has rejected the claim and says the application will go before councillors this week. In an exchange of letters seen …