That answer will come as an enormous disappointment to residents of Greater London. You will know that one of the principal objections to the current planning system is that the only person who can appeal against a decision they don't like is the applicant. Local communities might rise up in great numbers and oppose what has been said but they have no right of appeal. For you to say to then, as you have just done, that you think that this will improve local rights is really to buck the question. What you ought to have done, to show that you really do support the democratic input into the planning process, would have been for you in your response to have read the arguments in the green paper. They are in fact quite extensively set out, on third party rights of appeal and you should have used your influence to say that that ought to be done.
I have to say that it goes very badly against what you said in your manifesto. You said, "As an Independent Mayor I will introduce the most open accessible and inclusive style of government ever seen in the UK." As far as planning is concerned, you haven't done it with your own planning procedures and we have questioned you on that many times. But so far as this aspect of the planning system is concerned, when you have had a chance to act on behalf of Londoners to make the system more open you have failed to do so. Can I ask you therefore to reconsider your response on third party appeals in the light of what you said when you were elected?