Article in Property Week

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


(a) Did the Mayor consult anyone before making the statement that developers could pre-empt opposition to schemes from Local Authorities by getting the Secretary of State to call them in?

(b) Is the Mayor to be the only arbiter of design and planning gain or does he think that others may have a more informed opinion?


Answer for Article in Property Week

Answer for Article in Property Week

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I did not say that developers could pre-empt opposition to schemes from local authorities by getting them called in. As the article correctly reports, I said that I could pre-empt opposition in this way. I would only consider doing this as a matter of last resort, if a local authority is holding up development vital to London's interests, and where discussions with the local authority have been exhausted. In such cases the applicant would probably appeal anyway. With regard to design and planning gain I take advice from my officers, who report in full to me on the views of the local authority and other agencies such as the Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment, and English Heritage. Others may have informed opinion, but not necessarily more informed than me.