Many HPEA members are already signed up to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. Westminster City council are now carrying out formal consultation on the establishment of the Forum and you are invited to take part. Here is the information from the Forum’s website, http://www.hydeparkpaddington.org:
“An application to designate the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum was made to Westminster City Council on 22 December 2016. Following the application’s validation the City Council is inviting formal responses from businesses and residents. The role of the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum will be to lead and undertake neighbourhood planning. This will give the community, both businesses and residents, a chance to influence development and change your neighbourhood.”
The consultation is open until 6pm 20 April 2017 and HPEA members are encouraged to give feedback which you can do as outlined below. The WCC website page is http://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning-resources#news
You can view or download the flyer about the consultation at this link.
If you would like to make any comments in relation to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum, please send them to the postal/email address below by 18:00 hours on Thursday 20th April 2017.
Policy and Strategy,
Westminster City Council,
15th Floor East,
Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QP
The HPEA has responded to the planning application for the re-development of 31 London Street (the former Post Office site).
You can read the response here: HPEA Planning Commitee response to the Sellar Application for the Post Office Sorting Office site.
The HPEA Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 21 October at 7pm at the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY. Formal notification of this meeting has already been sent out to members and you can read a copy below.
After the formal business there will be a panel presentation and discussion on ‘Public Services – Challenges Ahead’ led by our Chairman, our MP, local Councillors and the Police.
The HPEA, Paddington BID (Business Improvement District) and the Paddington Waterside Partnership have got together to apply to become a Neighbourhood Area under the Government’s new localism opportunities.
This means, if we are successful, that we can then set up a separate Neighbourhood Forum, giving you an independent say in local planning decisions and more control over how we spend the Community Infrastructure Levy – the special development tax charged when development takes place.
This could make a really important difference to some of our run down areas – and particularly in Praed Street and Edgware Road – where we want to see big improvements. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and could lead to a better, cleaner place to live and work, with more business choices, better shopping options and better investment.
We need your support to achieve this. Please have a look at this short information note Information on Neighbourhood Area, and give us your help by writing to the Council to get this agreed. We have until 28 June to let the Council know that this is what people in Hyde Park and Paddington want.
You can use one of the template letters we have prepared, or send your own letter to: Councillor Robert Davies DL, Planning Delivery Unit, Westminster City Council, 11th Floor West, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP, or by email to LDF@Westminster.gov.uk.
At our next pub evening we will be discussing the very current issue of short term lettings. As you may know, Westminster City Council does not allow short term lettings (less than 90 days) without planning permission. Such short term tenancies can lead to problems in neighbourhood areas, and in some cases may be linked to benefits fraud.
We are therefore very pleased that David Whitehouse-Hayes, Counter Fraud Manager at Westminster City Council, who deals with housing benefit fraud and illegal sublets, has agreed to attend our March pub evening and speak to us about this problem.
Please join us on Wednesday 13 March between 6.30 and 8.30pm in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place.
Our next pub evening will be held on Wednesday 13 February, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the upstairs Theatre bar at the Victoria Pub, Strathearn Place.
We will be welcoming Klaudija Green, our Westminster City Council Street Warden, who is going to be talking to us about Street Management.
Please do join us for drinks from 6:30; our speaker will begin around 7pm, with plenty of time for questions before we finish the formal part of the evening by about 8pm. See you there!