Ministry for Justice

Local Authority

Westminster City Council

Project Description

Conservation Area and London City Gateway Development


Westminster Magistrates Court, London

Marylebone New Court is at the forefront of court redevelopment for the Ministry of Justice, HMCS. Its prominent gateway location on a main arterial route into London and within the Portman Estate Conservation Area raised many complicated issues through its planning process. DPP were instructed to act as expert witnesses at a planning appeal inquiry against the City of Westminster’s failure to determine the application submission.

As well as providing planning expertise, DPP led a community consultation and stakeholder negotiation strategy that included the GLA, TfL, CABE and English Heritage. This took the form of pre-application engagement, including a series of meetings and presentations to key stakeholder groups and a public exhibition.

The appeal was allowed and the building is now complete providing, as the inspector concluded in his decision notice, ‘a building offering an unequivocal signal of its civic significance and continuing the longstanding judicial contribution of this site to the character of the area’.



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