Planning Committee

London is already eight times the size in population of the UK's second city Birmingham. Yet in the next 10 years the capital is expected to grow again by the size of Birmingham's one million population. How can this be done in terms of housing, facilities, green space and quality of life? The Planning Committee examines the Mayor's blueprint called the London Plan which is designed to answer these questions.

Watch how tall buildings can alter the face of London

As part of its investigation into the Mayor’s Draft London Plan, the Planning Committee will examine the growth in the number of planned tall buildings in the capital and their residential use.

London Plan - Examination in Public

The Mayor's draft London Plan must be considered by a formal Examination in Public, or EiP, at City Hall. This is led by independent inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State.

The EiP ran for 11 weeks to May 17 and the inspectors will take representations on subject areas - known as 'Matters' - from participants including local authorities and interested parties. The London Assembly will be represented by the Planning Committee and has been selected to make submissions on 53 Matters.

Below, in a rolling monthly schedule, we will outline when the London Assembly Planning Committee will be making its representations to Inspectors.

Find out more about the structure and purpose of the EiP here.

The draft New London Plan can be found here

The London Assembly Planning Committee's suggested changes to draft London Plan can be found here.

Monday, 18 March - Commercial

Central Activities Zone, Offices, Industry and Freight - morning

Central Activities Zone including Isle of Dogs (north) (“CAZ”)

  • Would policies SD4 and SD5 be effective in ensuring an appropriate mix of housing, offices and other development in different parts of, and outside, the CAZ ?

Land for Industry, Logistics and Services to Support London’s Economic Function

  • Are policies E4, E5, E6 and E7 consistent with national policy and would they be effective in helping to ensure that sufficient suitable land and premises are available to meet the quantitative and qualitative needs for all foreseeable types of industrial activity over the plan period?

Tuesday, 19 March - Land for Industry, Logistics and Services

Land for Industry, Logistics and Services to Support London’s Economic Function

  • Are policies E4, E5, E6 and E7 consistent with national policy and would they be effective in helping to ensure that sufficient suitable land and premises are available to meet the quantitative and qualitative needs for all foreseeable types of industrial activity over the plan period?

Wednesday, 20 March - Business Space

Low Cost and Affordable Business Space - morning

  • Are policies E2 and E3 justified and would they be effective?

Visitor Infrastructure - afternoon

  • Is Policy E10 justified and consistent with national policy and would it be effective in ensuring that the need for accommodation and other infrastructure for visitors can be met in appropriate locations?

Wednesday, 27 March - Environment

Green Infrastructure and Natural Environment - afternoon

Biodiversity, trees, food growing and geodiversity

  • Would Policies G6-G9 assist in creating a healthy city in accordance with Policy GG3 and will they provide an effective strategic context for the preparation of local plans and neighbourhood plans? Are the individual policies and detailed criteria justified and necessary and would they provide an effective basis for development management?

Tuesday 30 April - Waste and Circular Economy

  • Would Policy SI7 provide a justified and effective approach to reducing waste and supporting the circular economy? Would it further the aims of Good Growth policies GG1-GG6? Would it focus on planning matters of London wide importance?
  • Would Policy SI8 and SI9 provide a justified and effective approach to providing for London’s waste and promoting net waste self-sufficiency?

Friday 10 May - Waterways

  • M86. (a) Does the Plan contain justified and effective policies to promote and encourage the use of the River Thames and other waterways for the provision of passenger transport services and the transportation of freight?
  • (b) Are all of the requirements of policies SI14 to SI17 necessary to address the strategic priorities of London, or do they extend to detailed matters that would be more appropriately dealt with through local plans or neighbourhood plans?

Wednesday 15 May - Town Centres and Retailing

Town Centre Network

  • Is the town centre network set out in the Plan justified and would it be effective in ensuring that identified needs for main town centre use developments are met in appropriate locations in accordance with national policy?

Retailing

  • Would policies SD6, SD7, SD8, SD9 and E9B provide an effective strategic framework for the preparation of local plans and neighbourhood plans relating to town centres and all types of main town centre use development (including bulky goods retailing), that is consistent with national policy?
  • M90. Is the approach to development management set out in policies SD6, SD7, SD8, SD9 and E9BA justified and consistent with national policy and would it be effective?

Hot Food Takeaways

Are policies E9C and E9D relating to proposals containing hot food takeaways justified and consistent with national policy and guidance about healthy communities and limiting the proliferation of certain use classes in identified areas.

In particular:

  • Is the development of hot food takeaways and associated planning conditions a matter of strategic importance to London, or a detailed matter that would be more appropriately dealt with through local plans or neighbourhood plans?
  • What evidence is there indicating high levels of obesity, deprivation and general poor health in London?
  • What evidence is there of over-concentration and clustering of hot food takeaways in London?
  • Would restricting development of hot food takeaways within 400 metres walking distance from the entrances and exits of existing and proposed primary and secondary schools positively support the delivery of policy GG3 “creating a healthy city”?

Friday 17 May - Delivering the Plan

Monitoring

  • Would the key performance indicators and measures set out in Table 12.1 ensure that the Plan can be effectively monitored such that the Mayor and others can respond effectively if policies are not delivering the expected outcomes, including those set out in Good Growth policies GG1 to GG6?
  • Should the Plan set out measures that would be taken in the event that monitoring demonstrates that the expected outcomes are not being delivered?

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Recent work

Neighbourhood Planning and London's Communities, 25 April 2019

The Localism Act 2011 gave residents more power to shape their neighbourhoods through the planning process. But earlier investigations by the Committee had revealed patchy results, with many people being unaware of the scheme. The Committee spoke to experts and representatives of neighbourhood planning forums for an update.

Watch the webcast

 

Housing in Outer London, 19 October 2018

The new London Plan is anticipating a steep increase in new homes to be created in outer London. However, some suburban boroughs are concerned they will not be able to deliver at the levels proposed. They claim that more intensive development will be at the expense of large family housing and local character. 

Watch the meeting here

Recent actions

In the news

  • All homes should be fitted with sprinklers to save lives, says Grenfell Tower fire safety report - The Independent

  • Bridging the gap: Mayor Sadiq Khan urged to consider prefab homes to help ease London's housing shortage - Evening Standard 

Planning Committee Members

Contact the Planning Committee

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Communications Officer: Lisa Laml[email protected] 020 7084 2713

If you have a general query about this Committee and its work please contact:

Senior Policy Advisor: Sheenagh Simpson, [email protected], 020 7983 4394

Committee Officer: Jonathan Baker, [email protected]

If you wish to contact the Mayor’s Office about planning, contact 020 7983 4000.

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