Turning shirts into sherry. How the relaxation of planning regulations is opening the door to more restaurants

Front of sherry bar.

Fitzrovia is losing its variety of retail frontages to wine bars and restaurants as the relaxation of planning regulations takes effect. It is leading to a saturation of places to eat and drink, a change in the character of the streets, and the variety of Fitzrovia is being diluted. Drakes Tabanco at 3 Windmill Street …

Freud Communications offices to become luxury flats

The PR firm Freud Communications looks set to say farewell to its long-time home on Newman Street after Westminster council gave permission for the office block to be converted into 23 luxury flats. A planning application submitted by Newman Street Ltd was approved at Tuesday's planning application committee which was chaired by deputy council leader Robert …

Rathbone Place redevelopment plans submitted to Westminster Council

By News Reporters Great Portland Estates have submitted plans to create homes, offices, shops and restaurants on the site of Royal Mail delivery centre in Rathbone Place. The mixed-use scheme designed by Make Architects which includes a new publicly accessible space will be considered by Westminster Council after a period of public consultation which is …

Westminster Council department doesn’t know where former Middlesex Hospital site is

By News Reporters Westminster Council's street environment service appear to have lost one of the largest building sites in its manor. The former Middlesex Hospital site currently being developed under the name of Fitzroy Place by a consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments, and Kaupthing appears to slipped off the radar of the flagship Tory council.  …

Six candidates to slug it out in election battle for Marylebone High Street ward

By News Reporters All the main political parties as well as smaller parties and an independent will fight for a single seat in Marylebone High Street ward which has become vacant after the long-serving Conservative councillor Harvey Marshall resigned because of ill health. The by-election will take place on Thursday 2 May.  At the last …

Marylebone High Street ward by-election

By News Reporters A by-election will take place on Thursday 2 May 2013 for the Marylebone High Street ward in the City of Westminster. The election has been triggered by the resignation of councillor Harvey Marshall.  The Marylebone Association reports: Notice of Election was published on Tuesday 26 March and delivery of the nomination papers will occur …

Licence for online alcohol sales from mini-cab premises refused

By News Reporters Westminster Council has refused an application for a licence to sell alcohol from the rear of a mini-cab office in Riding House Street. The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association and local residents had made objections to the application. The licensing sub-committee of 14 March heard that the applicant, who did not attend the hearing, …