Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [8]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is very much a matter of opinion, in relation to the examination in public, the extent to which that the process endorsed the overall plan or not. Certainly from our perspective on the Assembly side, there were a number of major points we made in our submissions where the inspectors seem to have sided with us.

That said, I quite understand the difficulty of making major announcements in drips and drabs. You do not want to get in to a discussion and when we get on to housing later, let us stick to the London Housing Strategy rather than the London Plan. But it is helpful to have an indication of your thinking, for example in relation to the whole economic strategy, since we are about to scrutinise your redrafted Economic Development Strategy.

Can I ask you, therefore, in relation to the Inspectors' conclusions around the economic strategy, do you agree with the thrust of what they are saying that a more balanced approach is needed, that there needs to be much greater emphasis on diversity in London's economy and stressing the important of small and medium enterprises?

Answer

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [8]

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [8]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Can I just say that I have just sent the LDA a five or six-page letter of suggestions about revisions to the Economic Development Strategy and that will eventually come before you for scrutiny. On this wider issue, the LDA does everything that it can within the resources that it has got to try to maintain as much diversity in our economy as is possible. But an organisation that has a budget of just over £300 million in an economy of £140 billion is going to be no more than at the margins of influence.

One or two major decisions by large corporations dwarf anything that we can do. We saw huge attempts by previous GLC administrations and governments to maintain a level of manufacturing, all of which failed abysmally. I do think that the lesson that I have learned from this is that it is best to equip Londoners with the skills to allow them to get the jobs that are being created rather than hang on and hope that jobs that have gone forever might one day be persuaded to come back.