Independent examination of the Plan has now started

We are pleased to share that good progress is being made with the Soho Neighbourhood plan. Our Plan is currently being reviewed by an independent examiner, appointed by our local authority, Westminster City Council. The purpose of an independent examination is to consider whether theproposed neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions and other requirements set out by law. The examiner will be considering whether the plan: has regard to national policy; contributes to the achievement of sustainable development; is in general conformity with the adoptedstrategic local policies for the local area; meets human rights requirements. Also the examiner has to … Continue reading Independent examination of the Plan has now started

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We want to know your thoughts on improvements for Soho using the Community Interest Levy – deadline 10 July 2020

Developing our Soho Neighbourhood Plan has allowed the community to play a greater role in shaping Soho’s future by sharing ideas and building consensus about what needs to be done in the area. It will also give the community a say in how some of the funds generated by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) can be used by Westminster City Council (WCC) to spend on local projects. What is CIL? CIL is a levy on all building development projects paid to the Council. When a new building development is underway, developers pay a fee, or a ‘levy” to the council. … Continue reading We want to know your thoughts on improvements for Soho using the Community Interest Levy – deadline 10 July 2020

Great news! The draft Plan has been submitted to Westminster Council

Plan for Soho are excited and pleased to announce that the draft neighbourhood plan has now been submitted to Westminster City Council! The council will then start the processes needed to get the Plan approved and then into force. We would like to thank you to all our members, especially the Forum Steering Group for all the ideas and help in getting us this far. Soho is a very diverse area with many conflicting views which we have had to reconcile. As a business forum with strong business input and with the requirement to be in general conformity with national, … Continue reading Great news! The draft Plan has been submitted to Westminster Council

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Soho – we need your help

We need your help to decide priority projects for the Soho Neighbourhood Area to be funded by Westminster City Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) CIL is a charge on developers made by the local authority and is triggered by planning permission. Where a neighbourhood plan such as Plan for Soho has been adopted, 25% of the levy collected within the neighbourhood area is available and 15% of the levy is available where no neighbourhood plan is yet in place. Money raised through CIL must be spent on infrastructure projects that help to meet the needs of the local community. … Continue reading Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Soho – we need your help

New Soho announcement – Boulevard Theatre coming soon!

A new, cutting-edge new venue, The Boulevard Theatre, is coming soon to Soho, a part of a £40m redevelopment of Walker’s Court “the none-too-salubrious Soho alley once dominated by “world centre of erotic entertainment” the Raymond Revuebar. The Guardian covered the news, saying,” The Boulevard takes its name from a former sister venue to the striptease club, which was part of porn baron Paul Raymond’s empire. As well as staging drama, the original Boulevard became a beer-soaked home to the Comic Strip group of comedians. The stylish new theatre opens to the public later this month with Ghost Quartet, a haunting song … Continue reading New Soho announcement – Boulevard Theatre coming soon!

Shot In Soho – The Photographers Gallery opening October 18 – February 2020

Although the area of Soho is relatively small (one square mile) and bordered by some of London’s richest and most commercialised streets, it has remained a complex place of unorthodoxy, diversity, tolerance and defiance.     Shot in Soho is an … Continue reading Shot In Soho – The Photographers Gallery opening October 18 – February 2020

Soho A Go Go Film Festival this weekend October 5 & 6 at the Regent Street Cinema

“The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses, with its muddy ways, and slatternly passengers, and its lamps, which had never been extinguished or had been kindled afresh to combat this mournful reinvasion of darkness, seemed, in the lawyer’s eyes, like a district of some city in a nightmare.” – Robert Louis Stevenson/Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Returning for a second season at Regent Street Cinema, the Soho A Go Go Film Festival presents a collection of great films set in and featuring the notorious side of Soho life.  From the strip clubs of the 60s … Continue reading Soho A Go Go Film Festival this weekend October 5 & 6 at the Regent Street Cinema

Westminster City Council New City Plan – now open for consultation until 21 December

Drum roll please…the long awaited Westminster City Plan has been published and is now open for consultation until Wednesday 21 December. This is a vital document for the development of the Soho Neighbourhood Plan, as any proposed neighbourhood policies need to align, under current planning law, with national, city (London) and local (Westminster) planning policies and frameworks. Within the City Plan are three pages dedicated to the Soho area, across pages 74-76. To review and/or download the Plan please review here.      Continue reading Westminster City Council New City Plan – now open for consultation until 21 December