As part of Westminster City Council’s Partial Review of its City Plan 2040, it is seeking to engage with WPA members on its draft Retrofit First and Embodied Carbon policy.
The proposed new policy will prioritise the retrofit of commercial development over demolition and redevelopment by:
- Introducing controls on demolition through a series of tests;
- Set benchmarks for embodied carbon for major schemes, and when substantial or total demolition is proposed;
- Unlocking and promoting retrofit, including by supporting the extension of buildings to facilitate retrofit.
Over 100 WPA members joined the online webinar hosted by the City Council to hear more about its initial thinking – view the slides below.
Whilst WPA will formally respond on behalf of our members, we would encourage as many as possible to submit their own responses to Planningpolicy@westminster.gov.uk by 22nd December regardless of whether or not you were able to attend this online discussion. If you have any comments for inclusion in WPA’s feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is informal engagement so members are reminded that the final proposed policy, which may look different to the existing draft, will be published for formal public consultation early next year.
View the draft policy here.View the slides