Westminster Property Association has responded to Westminster City Council’s Draft Statement of Community Involvement (‘SCI’). We support the overarching objective of the SCI to encourage meaningful community engagement, with a stronger focus on digital engagement. We have also made two key recommendations:
Firstly, communities and developers should be encouraged to engage directly with one another, especially during the pre-application process, rather than via the City Council. This will result in a more effective, streamlined engagement process.
Secondly, there should be an acknowledgement that in some instances it will not be appropriate for developers to engage in community consultation prior to initial pre-application discussions with the City Council. This approach would not preclude effective community engagement occurring after these initial discussions.Read our full response