Strategic planning in London on the agenda

12 March 2012

How have the economic downturn and major policy changes shaped the strategic decisions City Hall has made about how London develops?

Against a backdrop of severe constraints on public finances and economic activity, the last Mayoral term has seen a major revision of the London Plan[1] and the publication and subsequent revision of London’s first statutory housing strategy[2].

Planning and Housing Committee Members will tomorrow question the Deputy Mayor for Planning[3] about City Hall’s approach to key strategic planning issues for London over the past four years – and what the future holds.

Drawing on the results of a study it commissioned to identify any trends in the priority given to different planning issues[4], the Committee will also cover how the Mayor has wielded his planning powers[5] and the advice given to boroughs on applications of ‘strategic importance’ to London. 

From 3:30pm, Members will question:

  • Sir Edward Lister, Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning.

The Planning and Housing Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 from 3.30pm in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).   Media and members of the public are invited to attend.   The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for editors:

  1. The London Plan is the overall strategic plan for London. It sets out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of the capital over the next 20-25 years.
  2. See more information about the Mayor’s housing strategy.
  3. The Deputy Mayor for Planning’s key role is to provide high level advice and guidance to the Mayor on strategic planning issues for London and provide advice on statutory and non-statutory planning proposals in support of the exercise of the Mayor’s planning responsibilities. Other responsibilities include providing high level advice and guidance on the development and implementation of the wider GLA policy agenda.
  4. See the review of Mayoral planning decisions conducted by the University of Westminster on behalf of our Planning and Housing Committee.
  5. The power to direct refusal or take over strategic planning applications is one of the few direct powers available to the Mayor.  The boroughs must also consult the Mayor on any planning applications of "strategic importance" to London.
  6. Full agenda papers for the meeting.
  7. Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  8. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Dana Rothenberg in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603/4283.  For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.