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Planning Mandate

Planning Mandate

SOHO SOCIETY PLANNING POLICIES

OUR OBJECTIVES

To make Soho a better place for people to live, work and visit by preserving and enhancing the area's historic fabric, its existing character and its diversity of uses; and by improving its facilities, amenities and the sustainability of its environment.
To protect the amenity and interests of local residents and the interests of smaller traders and workers, where necessary, giving priority to local community needs over those of the tourist industry.

WE WORK TO ACHIEVE THIS BY:

Commenting on all the planning applications and listed building applications sent to us to consider.
Seeking to protect and enhance the Soho Conservation Area.
Holding regular meetings with Council officers on policy matters.
Receiving presentations from developers when their plans are at an early stage.
Liaising with the Society’s licensing committee to seek to ensure that planning decisions and licensing decisions do not conflict.
Welcoming, suggesting and supporting proposals which reduce overall noise levels, such as noise from air handling plant and nighttime waste collections.
Welcoming, suggesting and supporting measures which reduce carbon emissions and make the area more sustainable.
Pressing Westminster City Council to take firm measures, including compulsory purchase, where buildings or sites are used for anti-social purposes or where they remain vacant for many years.
Welcoming comments on planning issues from members of the Society.
Campaigning on specific issues with the support of our members.

Full Soho Society Planning Policies approved at our Annual General Meeting 2015