Agenda and draft minutes
Planning Committee
Thursday 11 July 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Jonathan Baker, Committee Officer; Telephone: 020 7084 2825; E-mail:  [email protected]; 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 from Tom Copley AM.

 

1.2  The Chair placed on record the Committee’s thanks to Paul Watling, Policy Adviser, for his work supporting the Committee, as well as supporting the Assembly during the Examination in Public. Other Members echoed the Chair’s comments and that he would be missed.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

Contact:  Jonathan Baker; email: [email protected]; 020 7084 2825

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda item 2, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(b)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any disclosable pecuniary interests in specific items listed on the agenda and the necessary action taken by the Member(s) regarding withdrawal following such declaration(s); and

 

(c)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any other interests deemed to be relevant (including any interests arising from gifts and hospitality received which are not at the time of the meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality, and noting also the advice from the GLA’s Monitoring Officer set out at Agenda Item 2) and any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved:

 

That the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

[Note: For the purposes transparency, as part of Agenda Item 8, the following guests declared a non-pecuniary interest, as included within Appendix 2 of the transcript –

·  Peter Eversden MBE, as Chairman of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies;

·  Dr Edward Denison, as a member of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum;

·  Michael Bach, as a member of the Kensington Society and the Victoria Road Area Residents’ Association; and

·  Nicholas Boys Smith, as the Founding Director of Create Streets.]

3.

Membership of the Committee

The Committee is recommended to note the membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee, as agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019.

 

Andrew Boff AM (Chair)

Nicky Gavron AM (Deputy Chair)

Tom Copley AM

Tony Devenish AM

Navin Shah AM

Minutes:

3.1  That the following membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee, which were agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019 be noted;

 

  Andrew Boff AM (Chair)

  Nicky Gavron AM (Deputy Chair)

  Tom Copley AM

  Tony Devenish AM

  Navin Shah AM

4.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is recommended to note its terms of reference. Which were agreed by the Annual Meeting of the London Assembly at its meeting on 2 May 2019, as follows:

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

·  matters of importance to Greater London; and

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies as they relate to spatial development and planning matters in London, in particular the Mayor’s Spatial Development Strategy (‘The London Plan’).

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

3.  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.

4.  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 to Local Development Documents.

5.  To consider planning matters on request from another standing committee and report its opinion to that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

That the following terms of reference for the Committee, which were agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019, be noted:

 

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

·  matters of importance to Greater London; and

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies as they relate to spatial development and planning matters in London, in particular the Mayor’s Spatial Development Strategy (‘The London Plan’).

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

3.  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.

4.  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 to Local Development Documents.

5.  To consider planning matters on request from another standing committee and report its opinion to that standing committee.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Standing Delegations

The Committee is asked to note the following standing delegations of authority to the Chair of the Committee as agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting and its Plenary meetings on 2 May 2019, and 6 June 2019, respectively.

·  At its Annual Meeting on 1 May 2013, the Assembly agreed to delegate a general authority to Chairs of all ordinary committees and sub-committees to respond on the relevant committee or sub-committee’s behalf, following consultation with the lead Members of the party Groups on the committee or sub-committee, where it is consulted on issues by organisations and there is insufficient time to consider the consultation at a committee meeting.

·  To delegate authority to Chairs of ordinary committees, sub-committees and working groups to agree, in consultation with the relevant party Group Lead Members and Deputy Chairs:

(a)  The detailed terms of reference for any investigation to be undertaken by the relevant committee, sub-committee or working group within its work programme as agreed by the GLA Oversight Committee, and any related project plans and arrangements for related site visits or informal meetings; and

(b)  The topic and scope for any additional projects to be added to its work programme, where it  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

Minutes:

5.1   Resolved:

 

That the following standing delegations of authority to the Chair of the Committee as agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting and its Plenary meetings on 2 May 2019, and 6 June 2019, respectively, be noted:

 

·  At its Annual Meeting on 1 May 2013, the Assembly agreed to delegate a general authority to Chairs of all ordinary committees and sub-committees to respond on the relevant committee or sub-committee’s behalf, following consultation with the lead Members of the party Groups on the committee or sub-committee, where it is consulted on issues by organisations and there is insufficient time to consider the consultation at a committee meeting; and

·  To delegate authority to Chairs of ordinary committees,

sub-committees and working groups to agree, in consultation with the relevant party Group Lead Members and Deputy Chairs:

(a)  The detailed terms of reference for any investigation to be undertaken by the relevant committee, sub-committee or working group within its work programme as agreed by the GLA Oversight Committee, and any related project plans and arrangements for related site visits or informal meetings; and

(b)  The topic and scope for any additional projects to be added to its work programme, where it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 25 April 2019 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 25 April 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

7.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Jonathan Baker; [email protected]; 020 7084 2825

 

The Committee is recommended to note the ongoing actions arising from previous meetings of the Committee, as listed in the report.

Minutes:

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

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

That the ongoing actions arising from the previous meetings of the Committee, as listed in the report, be noted.

8.

Mayoral Planning Decisions Powers pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Paul Watling; [email protected]; 020 7983 4393.

 

The Committee is recommended to:

(a)  Note the action taken under delegated by the Chair, in consultation with the Deputy Chair, to agree the areas for consideration as set out in paragraph 4.4 of the report, and to hold an informal briefing on the Mayor’s planning decision powers;

(b)  Note the report as background to putting questions to the Deputy Mayor of Planning and invited external experts on a range of issues relating to the process for implementing the Mayor’s planning decisions powers; and

(c)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with the Deputy Chair, to agree any output from the discussion.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions to invited guests on mayoral planning decisions powers.

 

8.2  The Chair welcomed the following guests to the meeting: 

 

Panel 1:

·  Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills; and

·  Juliemma McLoughlin, Assistant Director, Planning, Greater London Authority.

  Panel 2:

·  Nicholas Boys Smith, Founding Director of Create Streets;

·  Michael Bach, Chair of the Planning, Environment and Transport Committee, London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies;

·  Dr Edward Denison, Associate Professor, Architectural History and Theory, University College London; and

·  Peter Eversden MBE, Chairman, London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies.

 

8.3  A transcript of the first panel discussion is attached at Appendix 1, and the transcript of the second panel discussion is attached at Appendix 2.

 

8.4  During the course of the discussion, the Committee requested the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills provide a summary of the changes made to planning applications during the call-in process for those applications called-in under the current Mayor.

 

8.5  At the conclusion of the discussion, the Chair thanked the guests for their attendance and contributions to the meeting.

 

8.6  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the report  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Planning Committee Work Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Paul Watling; [email protected]; 0207 983 4393.

 

The Committee is recommended to note the work programme report.

Minutes:

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

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the Planning Committee work programme be noted.

10.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 18 September 2019 at 2pm in Committee Room 5, City Hall.

Minutes:

10.1  The date of the next meeting was scheduled for 18 September 2019 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5, City Hall.

11.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

11.1  There was no other business that the Chair considered urgent.

12.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

12.1  The meeting ended at 3:58pm