Growth in London Population (Supplementary) [14]

Session date: 
March 27, 2002
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


These are Green Belt. Because in Southwark I think it's Metropolitan Open Land not Green Belt. Are you therefore saying that you will also defend vigorously existing Metropolitan Open Land?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Growth in London Population (Supplementary) [14]

Answer for Growth in London Population (Supplementary) [14]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In a sense I am almost more concerned about the Metropolitan Open Land because that tends to be in the areas of greatest deprivation in the inner city. But I take the view that you want to defend both. There will be trade offs on particular sites. If at some point Green Belt or Metropolitan Open Land has to be sacrificed, then it has to be replaced elsewhere in the vicinity and that's what we've broadly been able to get an agreement with about Patterson Park. It's what hasn't been forthcoming as an agreement with Bromley on their two school sites. I do say that this will therefore come down to a decision by the Government whether or not to uphold the appeal at Bromley. If the Government upholds the appeal at Bromley it will be a green light for the most massive erosion of the Green Belt since it was created.