City of Westminster Planning & Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are sites of historical or architectural importance. Building and redevelopment can be a more complex process due to more planning regulations and constraints applying within such areas. However our highly trained staff have the expertise to address more challenging planning and design issues. We achieve the aims of our clients both on an aesthetic and functional level whilst adhering to regulations set out by the local planning authority.

City of Westminster conservation areas:

Adelphi Medway Street, Albert Gate, Millbank, Aldridge and Leamington Road Villas, Molyneux Street, Bayswater, Paddington Green, Belgravia, Page Street, Birdcage Walk, Peabody Avenue, Broadway and Christchurch Gardens, Peabody Estates: South Westminster, Charlotte Street West, Pimlico, Chinatown, Portman Estate, Churchill Gardens, Queens Park Estate, Cleveland Street, Queensway, Covent Garden, Regency Street, Dolphin Square, Regent Street, Dorset Square, Regent’s Park, East Marylebone, Royal Parks, Fisherton Street Estate, Savoy, Grosvenor Gardens, Smith Square, Hallfield Estate, Soho, Hanway Street, St. James’s, Harley Street, St John’s Wood, Haymarket, Strand, Knightsbridge, Stratford Place, Knightsbridge Green, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Vincent Square, Lillington and, Longmoore Gardens, Westbourne, Lisson Grove, Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square, Maida Vale, Westminster Cathedral, Mayfair, Whitehall

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Planning in City of Westminster

Currently the population of Westminster is in the region of 219,400 and there are approximately 105,800 households. Interestingly, the number of households has increased in the past ten years by 16 per cent revealing it to be an increasingly popular residential location.

Main areas include: Bayswater, Belgravia, Charing Cross, Chinatown, Covent Garden, Holborn, Maida Hill, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Mayfair, Millbank, Paddington, Pimlico, St James, St John’s Wood, Soho, Theatreland, Westbourne Green, Westminster.

City of Westminster Planning Applications & Appeals

Planning applications submitted each week to the local planning authority in Westminster average around 200.

Although the figure can vary, about 3 appeals are submitted to the local planning authority each week within Westminster where planning permission has been refused. At Get Planning and Architecture we have chartered planning consultants who are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and chartered architect who is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). They have the skills, should you require it, to assist with the planning appeals process. We have an impressive record in winning appeals.

City of Westminster News

Westminster Council’s planning committee granted planning permission for an extension to Aldwych House. Architects, Sheppard Robson, submitted the planning application in 2014. The planning committee praised the scheme calling it “exemplary”.

Dan Burr, a partner at Sheppard Robson, stated “This is an area of London where rooftop extensions are not commonplace and we’re delighted that our design convinced the committee that bold transformations of rooflines, which are designed with sensitivity and conviction, are a viable option”.

Located within Westminster’s conservation area the roof top extension will add approximately 8 500 square feet of luxury office and reception space. The pavilion like form will consist of a number of geometrically folded shapes. Clad in zinc the structure is being built on top of the building’s mansard roof with carefully placed windows framing views of both the Southbank and City.

When planning the project the architects had two aims. Firstly to take into account the building’s classical design to ensure the completed extension would complement the existing structure. Secondly they wanted to create an extension that would improve the building’s overall proportion therefore bringing it in line with neighbouring rooftops.

The £15 million project was completed in 2015.

City of Westminster Contact Information

City of Westminster – Local Planning Authority

City of Westminster
Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP

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