Agenda and minutes
Planning and Housing Committee
Tuesday 17 May 2011 3.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Dale Langford, Committee Officer; telephone: 020 7983 4415; email:  dale.langford@london.gov.uk; Minicom: 020 7983 4458 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chair.

Minutes:

1.1  Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Navin Shah AM, for whom Len Duvall AM attended as a substitute Member, and on behalf of Tony Arbour AM, Andrew Boff AM, Kit Malthouse AM and Steve O’Connell AM.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 59 KB

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of memberships of functional bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in the table at Item 2;

 

(b)  Note the gifts and hospitality received by Members, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register; and

 

(c)  Declare any other personal or personal prejudicial interests in specific items listed on the agenda over and above those items listed in the table at Item 2 and including any interests arising from gifts or hospitality received within the previous three years or from the date of election to the London Assembly, whichever is the later, which are not at the time of this meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality.

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved:  

 

(a)  That the relevant Assembly Members’ membership of Functional Bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in Item 2 on the agenda, be noted and recorded as personal interests;

 

(b)  That Navin Shah AM’s declaration of a planning application with the London Borough of Southwark be additionally  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Membership of the Committee

The Committee is recommended to note the membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee made by the Annual Meeting of the Assembly on 4 May 2011:

Jenny Jones (Chair)

Nicky Gavron (Deputy Chair)

Tony Arbour

Andrew Boff

Kit Malthouse

Steve O’Connell

Navin Shah

Mike Tuffrey

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee, agreed by the Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 4 May 2011, be noted:

Jenny Jones (Chair)

Nicky Gavron (Deputy Chair)

Tony Arbour

Andrew Boff

Kit Malthouse

Steve O’Connell

Navin Shah

Mike Tuffrey

4.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is recommended to note the following terms of reference of this Committee, as agreed by the Annual Meeting of the Assembly on 4 May 2011:

 

1.  To examine and report from time to time on –

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies; and

·  matters of importance to Greater London as they relate to spatial development/planning and housing matters in London.

 

2.  To examine and report to the Assembly from time to time on the Mayor’s Spatial Development Strategy (‘The London Plan’) and the Mayor’s Housing Strategy, particularly in respect of their implementation and revision.

 

3.  When invited by the Mayor, to contribute to his consideration of major planning applications.

 

4.  To monitor the Mayor’s exercise of his statutory powers in regard to major planning applications referred by the local planning authorities, and to report to the Assembly with any proposal for submission to the Mayor for the improvement of the process.

 

5.  To review Local Development Documents submitted to the Mayor by the local planning authorities for consistency with his strategies overall, to prepare a response to the Mayor for consideration by the Assembly, and to monitor the Mayor’s decisions with regard  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

That the following terms of reference for the Committee, agreed by the Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 4 May 2011, be noted:

 

1.  To examine and report from time to time on –

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies; and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Standing Delegations

The Committee is recommended to note the current standing delegation of authority to the Chair of the Committee as noted by the Annual Meeting of the Assembly on 4 May 2011.

 

On 14 July 2005 the then Planning and Spatial Development Committee resolved:

 

That the Committee delegate a general authority to the Chairman, following consultation with the other Members of the Committee, to respond on its behalf where it is consulted on issues by organisations and there is insufficient time to consider the consultation at a committee meeting.

Minutes:

5.1  Resolved:

 

That the following standing delegation to the Chair of the Committee, as agreed by the Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 4 May 2011, be noted:

 

On 14 July 2005 the then Planning and Spatial Development Committee resolved:

 

“That the Committee delegate a general authority to the Chair,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meetings of the Planning and Housing Committee held on 29 March and 5 April 2011 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meetings of the Planning and Housing Committee held on 29 March and 5 April 2011 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

7.

Proposal for an Investigation into Housing Conditions in London's Private Rented Sector pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Paul Watling; paul.watling@london.gov.uk; 020 7983 4393

 

The Committee is recommended to agree to investigate the housing conditions in London’s private rented housing with the following terms of reference:

 

·  To assess London’s private rented housing sector in relation to its state of repair, the standard of facilities provided and the degree of comfort, health, energy and water efficiency it provides;

·  To assess wider opportunities for improving London’s private rented housing and whether there is a need for the Mayor to co-ordinate further efforts to improve this sector; and

·  To review any examples of improvement programmes being run by London boroughs or community enterprises that might offer scope for the wider application across London.

Minutes:

7.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

That the Committee investigate the housing conditions in London’s private rented housing with the following terms of reference:

 

·  To assess London’s private rented housing sector in relation to its state of repair, the standard of facilities  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Proposal for a Review of Mayoral Decisions on Strategic Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Alexandra Beer; alexandra.beer@london.gov.uk; 020 7983 4947

 

The Committee is recommended to consider the three options set out in paragraphs 4.8 to 4.21 of the report and to agree one of the three options for the proposed review of the Mayor’s decisions on strategic planning applications.

Minutes:

8.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.  Paul Watling, Scrutiny Manager, explained the background to the three options presented in the report, resulting from the pilot study carried out by officers since the Committee’s meeting on 6 April 2011.

 

8.2  Nicky Gavron AM recalled  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Responses to the Committee's Report on Fire Safety in London's Tall and Timber Framed Buildings pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Michael Walker; michael walker@london.gov.uk; 020 7983 4525

 

The Committee is recommended to note the responses to the report of its investigation into fire safety in London’s tall and timber buildings.

Minutes:

9.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.  

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the responses to the report of the Committee’s investigation into fire safety in London’s tall and timber buildings be noted.

10.

Committee Work Programme 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Paul Watling; paul.watling@london.gov.uk; 020 7983 4393

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report that updates Members on the status of various items on the Committee’s work programme and the main items for the year 2011/12.

Minutes:

10.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.  

 

10.2  Resolved:

 

That the report updating Members on the status of various items on the Committee’s work programme and the main items for the year 2011/12 be noted.

11.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for Tuesday 7 June 2011 at 10.00am in Committee Room 2.

Minutes:

11.1  The next meeting of the Committee was to be held on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at 10.00am in Committee Room 2.

12.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

12.1  There was no other business.

13.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

13.1  The meeting ended at 3.47 pm.

 

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