Mayor of London’s Strategies – New West End Company update

The Mayor of London recently began consulting on a number of statutory strategies. I therefore wanted to update you on New West End Company’s work on responding to these, specifically on transport, environment, economic development and the London Plan.

Transport Strategy

The first of the Mayor’s strategies to be published was his draft strategy on transport. New West End Company joined with Inner London BIDs and again with Westminster BIDs to make joint submissions to the Mayor of London on his Transport Strategy.

You can read the submissions here:

Central London BIDs response please click here.

Westminster BIDs response please click here.

In addition, New West End Company submitted a separate response highlighting key issues for the West End. In our response, we commented on four elements – air quality, traffic reduction, the transformation of the Oxford Street district and the wide West End, as well as place management – all in light of the arrival of the Elizabeth Line next year. To read our full response please click here.

Environment Strategy

On 11 August the Mayor published his draft London Environment Strategy. The consultation closes on 17 November. Following on from our work on air quality and traffic reduction, we will continue to raise these issues in our responses.

To date, New West End Company has a good record on environmental issues, having already developed the UK’s first business-led air quality strategy, we have worked closely with the Deputy Mayor Environment and Energy on reducing congestion and improving air quality.

A key part of the strategy is our successful West End Buyers’ Club, a waste and freight consolidation scheme that provides a range of preferred suppliers for West End businesses to help reduce the number of vehicles coming to the West End. Click here to find out how your company can save money and improve air quality.

Economic Development Strategy

The draft economic development strategy has a planned launch date of 13 November. New West End Company will respond to this on behalf of West End businesses, pushing for good growth, assurances on global recruitment, while maximising local employment opportunities, as well as the coordination of and distinction between high street and online retail.

London Plan

The draft London Plan or Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) will be published in November. New West End Company will respond to this in partnership with Westminster Property Association and London First, to reflect the policy recommendations in our ‘Future of Oxford Street’ study. This will concentrate on a mix of uses, density and other policies necessary to allow the West End the flexibility to respond to the evolving retail trends.

If you have any queries on our work around the strategies do please get in touch.

 

Jace Tyrrell

Chief Executive

New West End Company

Fri 6 October 2017