Our response to Westminster City Council’s Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD

06 Mar 2024

On behalf of WPA members, the Association has responded to Westminster City Council’s adoption of its Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD (POAH SPD).

In a letter to Cllr Geoff Barraclough (Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Westminster City Council) we state that WPA is fully aligned with the principle that the property industry has a clear responsibility to be part of the solution to the challenge of climate change in Westminster, and to continue to innovate in our practices and improve our building stock and the wider built environment. However, we do not think the carbon offset headline price of £880/t to be justified.

We have also recommended the adoption of three policy amendments: supporting deep retrofit, incentivising low embodied carbon and incentivising renewable energy take-up.

You can read these recommendations in full detail below.

Read our submission in full here

Further reading:

Document: Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing SPD

Policy notice: Update on carbon off-set payment proposals

Policy notice: Response to Westminster City Council’s draft Retrofit Policy

Consultation response: Draft Planning Obligations and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document representations

ReportRetrofit First, Not Retrofit Only: A focus on the retrofit and redevelopment of 20th century buildings