FSQ responds to the draft City Plan 2036

The new Local Plan, called City Plan 2036, is a plan for the future development of the City of London, setting out what type of development the City Corporation expects to take place and where. It sets out the City Corporation’s vision, strategy and objectives for planning up to 2036, together with policies that will guide future decisions on planning applications. Once adopted, the new Plan will replace the current City of London Local Plan adopted in January 2015.

The City Corporation published the Proposed Submission Draft of the City Plan 2036 for consultation (the Regulation 19 consultation) between 19 March 2021 and 10 May 2021.

On behalf of Fleet Street Quarter partnership (‘FSQ’), Martha Grekos, Chair of the Public Realm & Environment Steering Group for FSQ, submitted a response to the City of London Corporation. A copy is available here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/planning/planning-policy/local-plan-review-draft-city-plan-2036

As stewards of change, the FSQ wants to breath life into the history of Fleet Street by ensuring that the FSQ area becomes a multi-use area, one that cherishes and embraces its heritage but through modern place-making provides the quality and scope to be a designation magnet all through the week for visitors, residents, workers, businesses and commerce who want to live, work, and visit. This goes to the core of making the FSQ area sustainable, resilient and inclusive in the City’s recovery plan post Covid-19.

Only through creating the Fleet Street area as a stimulating and exciting part of the Square Mile can this be achieved and this is why the place-making consideration of the FSQ area through the draft City Plan 2036 is vital.

As Martha Grekos said: “Today, the FSQ Partnership have set out a vision to the Corporation of the offerings and changes that can be accommodated within the FSQ area. We welcome the Corporation’s views within the draft City Plan 2036 but it can support the regeneration of the FSQ area further than currently envisaged and in a more exciting and stimulating way if the Corporation stands back and thinks outside of the box. This is particularly important as we look forward to emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the once in a lifetime opportunity that the Corporation has to press the reset button and to move the City positively ahead to make sure that the City remains attractive to world-class talent, enhances opportunity for all and contributes to London’s and the UK’s continued success. Progress requires change. We want to celebrate the future of the FSQ area and we hope the Corporation will embrace these proposals in the draft City Plan 2036 so as to support the ongoing regeneration and enhancement of the wider FSQ area”.