The Mayor must be consulted on all planning applications that are of potential strategic importance to London.
In Greater London the 32 borough councils, the City Corporation and the London Legacy Development Corporation are the local planning authorities for their area.
In addition there are two types of development that the Secretary of State has separately required local planning authorities to consult the Mayor on. These are:
View maps of the central London area and Thames Policy Area referred to in the 2008 Order:
- Central London Map.pdf
- Thames Policy Area Map 1.pdf
- Thames Policy Area Map 2.pdf
- Thames Policy Area Map 3.pdf
The Mayor is required to provide a statement, with reasons, setting out whether he considers that the referred application complies with the London Plan. The Mayor must give this statement within six weeks of receiving the application. The Mayor’s statement (commonly known as stage I) is available from this website.
The GLA’s Planning Decisions Unit will acknowledge receipt and confirm the date by which the Mayor’s statement of compliance will be provided. This will be six weeks from receipt of all relevant documentation. The Planning Decisions Unit publishes a weekly list of referrals received.
Once the Local Planning Authority (LPA) has resolved to grant or refuse permission for a referable application it must send the application back to the Mayor with a copy of the draft decisions notice, the draft section 106 agreement and all representations it has received.
Following receipt the Mayor has 14 days to decide to either, direct the Local Planning Authority to refuse the application; direct that he is to act as the Local Planning Authority or take no further action (ie let LPA’s decision stand).
The Planning Decisions Unit will acknowledge receipt of this notification and confirm the date by which the Mayor’s decision will be provided; this will be 14 days from receipt of all relevant documentation.
Please note that a letter stating where documents can be viewed on the web does not constitute sending to the Mayor copies of relevant documents as required by the 2008 Order.
The Mayor’s decision (commonly known as stage II) will take the form of an officer’s report to the Mayor and a letter from the Mayor.
Where the Mayor has directed the he is to act as the Local Planning Authority he will determine the application and any connected application himself. Before determining such applications he must hold a representation hearing, allowing the Local Planning Authority, applicant and other specified people the opportunity to speak.