Response to WCC POAH SPD and Affordable Workspace Draft Informal Planning Guidance Note Consultation

29 Apr 2022

Westminster Property Association has responded to Westminster City Council’s Planning Obligations and Affordable Workspace Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation Draft and the draft Affordable Workspace Guidance note (Guidance Note).

In our response to the SPD and Guidance Note we have raised concerns on several points including:

  • The guidance given on affordable workspace – there is currently no development plan policy basis in place which reflects Westminster’s well-functioning and exceptionally diverse office market.
  • The proposed increase in the carbon off-setting cost which would change from £95 per tonne to £300 per tonne.
  • The introduction of ‘end user’ requirements in Employment and Skills obligations is likely to be unstainable and difficult to monitor.

You can read the full response in detail here.