Business consultation outcomes

A huge thank you to everyone who completed our business consultation survey over the last couple of months. By hearing your views, we’ll be able to shape our business plan and ensure that we meet the needs of our business community in advance of the formal ballot to become a business improvement district.

Businesses within the proposed footprint were invited to complete the survey. The responses demonstrate the thoughts of the business community and provide a transparent document that reflects the needs and aspirations of the business community.

The FSQ Partnership perception analysis is part of the formal legislative process that is followed in the
development of a business improvement district.

The consultation was carried out over a 6-week period from May to June. Due to the impact of the recent
pandemic, the survey was completed via an online survey, with the FSQ team engaging with businesses
eligible to vote via email and phone. Businesses that would be subject to pay the potential BID levy were
invited to take part in the survey, however, businesses outside the levy threshold were also considered and
encouraged to take part in the survey.

The survey consisted of a selection of questions across the key themes that the BID would hope to focus
on, along with general questions regarding the current partnership and BID ballot. The consultation allows
the current FSQ Partnership to gain an insight into the wants, needs and aspirations of the local business
community. The questions were designed to look at the opportunities available for improvements and
benefits to the area should the business improvement district become a formalised vehicle in 2022.

You can read the full outcomes and analysis here.


Plans by Fletcher Priest for a 13-storey office building have been given the green light by City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee

The Fleet Street Quarter was delighted to hear that plans by Fletcher Priest for a 13-storey office building have been given the green light by City of London’s Planning and Transport Committee

Martha Grekos, Chair of Public Realm and Environment said “On behalf of the FSQ, we are delighted that the scheme we supported has been granted a resolution for planning consent by the City of London Corporation’s Planning & Transportation Committee. The Partnership is supportive of the scheme’s improvements to the local public realm, which aid in the ambitions being formed within the Partnership’s own Area Based Strategy. The development will present an opportunity for enhanced pedestrian through routes, creating better permeability and accessibility. Our Partnership advocates the importance of strong external environments and public realm and its influence in the way we experience and feel about an area; a high-quality public realm can have a direct impact in increasing dwell time, local spend and investment. With 100 Fetter Lane sitting in the northern boundary of the Partnership, the developers have also made acknowledgment in looking for prospects of linking and engaging with local neighbourhoods, such as the Culture Mile.

A key highlight from the proposed scheme was around the development’s robust biodiversity, green infrastructure, and sustainability strategy. The developers have furthered their sustainability commitments by also implementing an ecological strategy, boosting biodiversity. Whilst the FSQ has its own commitments and ambitions, 100 Fetter Lane would fulfil ambitions linked to the City of London’s Biodiversity Plan and Climate Action Strategy. Whilst greening can offer visual enhancements to the area, the well thought out greening strategy also offers a functional purpose in future-proofing our district through climate resilience. In the short-term, co-benefits of greening will create pleasant spaces that encourages people to stay longer and engage more with their surroundings. This not only is a positive thing for local economies but adds to the vibrancy and character of an area, that can also positively impact peoples’ wellbeing.

The various improvements to the public realm, additional greening and economic prospects that the scheme presents are welcomed and celebrated by the Partnership, particularly as we look towards a recovery from the recent pandemic. We hope the City Corporation will approve this application and continue to support the ongoing regeneration and enhancement of the wider Fleet Street Quarter area.