Queen’s Park Community Council (QPCC) is a statutory consultee which reviews planning applications in Queen’s Park, Westminster, including proposals to extend or alter private properties. The decision on what applications QPCC reviews is made with regard to the significance given to the application by Westminster City Council – the Planning Authority for our area.
Applications are reviewed against the policies and principles of the Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Plan and the Queen’s Park Conservation Area Planning Information Guide. Comments are then submitted to the City Council, which makes the final decision.
Most planning application decisions are made by City Council officers acting under ‘delegated powers’ to apply the policies of the City Plan and other documents. Officers are also required to consider QPCC’s comments when arriving at a decision or recommendation, in addition to any representations received from neighbours or other stakeholders.
Applications for major developments are often ‘called in’ by the Mayor of London or the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for a decision.
More information on the planning process, including policies, can be found on the City Council’s website.
The City Council also publishes information on planning enforcement and maintains a searchable database of planning applications.
The Queen’s Park Community Council’s Planning Working Group
As a statutory consultee, QPCC is formally notified of any significant development in the area and can comment on the application. The Community Council has delegated this activity to a Planning Working Group, which responds on behalf of the Council, considering the policies and principles of the Neighbourhood Plan and the Conservation Area Planning Information Guide. Any concerns about a planning application not covered by these documents are discussed at QPCC’s Council Meetings.
A schedule of QPCC’s comments on planning applications is presented at each meeting of the Place Committee and formally approved at QPCC’s Council Meetings. You can find the details of each Council Meeting and Place Committee Meetings online or on noticeboards around the Community.
The coordinator of the Planning Working Group is Councillor John McArdle, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org