Maida Hill Forum held its AGM on Monday 14th October. And it was busy!
1. We updated people on projects we have been working on this year.
2. We shared news of seven local developments we have been tracking.
3. There was a Q&A with officers from Westminster's Place Planning and Development Management teams
4. There was a pitching competition and vote to decide which of three projects would get priority for funding for the year ahead.
5. We shared 'what's next' for the Neighbourhood Plan, and
6. We elected the new committee for the year ahead.
More than 40 people came - a bit down on last year, but not bad considering the weather was grim and we have been having issues with our email newsletter.
Update on projects
The projects we've been working on are:
- Responding to the draft City Plan 2019-40, which will set policies for development in Westminster in coming years.
- The Co-Mooring canal-side events over the summer
- Proposals to turn the Kindred Studios site into an asset of community value (successful) and to preserve Kindred Studios itself (sadly not)
- Supporting Westminster's proposals to develop the Harrowroad.org website, including plans to develop the new 'WECH Garden' on Harrow Road (which will open next year) and a consultation on the future of the Maida Hill marketplace.
- Working in partnership with other Neighbourhood Forums across Westminster, e.g. to guide how Community Infrastructure Levy funding is spent.
Update on development
The developments we've been tracking are:
- The Squirrel pub - application to turn it into flats turned down, but the developer is appealing (see article about the campaign here)
- The Chippenham pub - application to turn it into residential accommodation likely to be successful; the ground floor will become a Co-Op.
- Brunswick Studios - application to turn it into flats 'pre-approved' (not requiring planning permission), but separate applications to increase the size of the building still out for consultation
- Taxi House / The Collective - updated application to demolish existing buildings and build a 286 room hotel is pending, and expected to go to Committee in November. (See separate article here)
- 413-419 Harrow Road (building on the corner of Fermoy Rd which was destroyed by fire) - application to build 19 flats with retail on the ground floor was approved in June despite neighbours' objections.
- Windsor Castle pub - refreshed application to turn this into student accommodation was approved following changes to reflect local concerns.
- Elgin Avenue rank of shops (at the corner of Chippenham Rd) - application to turn this into residential was successful on appeal; however Westminster is appealing this decision.
Public Vote result
There were three options in the public vote: this was won by the 'Youth Activities' plan to put on new sports activities on the Lydford Estate, and hopefully also the new WECH pitches (when we have secured funding). We have one bid outstanding, which we will hear about in December.
Neighbourhood Plan next steps
Now that the City Plan is likely to be adopted, we will proceed with our Neighbourhood Plan. We hope to publish a draft Plan for consultation in Spring 2020.
The new Committee for 2019/20 were elected, and we will publish the full list of names separately, as normal. We would like to thank Anne-Marie Collins and Liz Martindale for their service over the last year(s) and welcome Jeanette Otero, Dafydd Elis and Cllr Tim Roca as formally elected committee members for the year ahead.
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