As the amenity society for Covent Garden, CGCA is a recognised consultee of City of Westminster, and referred to by London Borough of Camden on all planning applications in the area. We do not have the power to determine planning applications – that is the role of the relevant Local Planning Authority – but we have a strong and widely respected voice.
Our Planning Subcommittee considers all local planning applications, usually meeting once per month to discuss key ones. We welcome input and seek feedback from those likely to be affected, preparing thorough comments for submission as appropriate. It is important that people likely to be affected make individual responses too. We also attend and make representations at hearings and inquiries.
We host presentations from developers and work with applicants an early stage where possible. We seek to minimise negative impact while encouraging sensitive and sustainable development. Significant issues for the community include the servicing of major developments, and we try to negotiate acceptable management servicing plans upon which our councils can make planning permission conditional.
We monitor planning breaches in our area and press the local authorities to take enforcement action. This may include obliging the offending party to meet with residents in order to reach a solution.
Please let us know if you have concerns about a planning application which may affect you. We urge residents to inform themselves of applications near them, and to discuss these with their neighbours. Then contact us, as our volunteers may not always get to you as soon as you could get to us! And in any case those who live near to something know best what the impact is likely to be.
Our News & Events page may carry information about upcoming public exhibitions for larger planning consultations etc.
The Planning Subcommittee’s next meeting can be seen in the calendar alongside.
A meeting agenda is available here, usually a few days beforehand, and remains until the next one replaces it. It is circulated in advance to local tenants and residents associations, and to members of the Association on request.
Please note that planning meetings are generally open to appointed committee members only. If you have comments or concerns about an item on the agenda, please contact the CGCA at Planning@CoventGarden.org.uk.
Comments submitted last month and in the past can be found on our Planning comments pages. Subcommittee members can log into the outcomes database and presentations. Information about our past work on Neighbourhood Planning can be found here.
Are you considering making a planning application?
If you are considering applying for planning consent in Covent Garden, please approach us at an early stage. Notes on our own policy approach can be accessed here, and it may be useful for you to look through these to see if anything that you are proposing may be contentious. We find that early discussions are productive for both sides.