Renewable Energy Equipment (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It should be noted that the Mayor actually said something nice about a Liberal Democrat-run Council, I thought the theme for this morning was attacking the Liberal Democrats from all sides, I am glad others have joined in, entertaining if not particularly enlightening. If it is underground photovoltaics panels we are obviously after the Womble vote. I will check into the details, but I am sure it is not as you presented it.

The serious point that I want to ask the Mayor about is whether he agrees that we should be using the opportunity of the Thames Gateway developments to explore new standards of construction, new methods of construction and indeed not just trying to have the roll-out of the financial business services sector, important though that is, but to look at the development of opportunities in the Thames Gateway to develop these sorts of green industries. Would he agree with that and if he does, does he share my concerns that the Government consultation paper on the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which they have just launched this week, seems to carve out a huge area that the UDC would take over and that will lead to a fragmentation of regeneration direction in this area?

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Answer for Renewable Energy Equipment (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Renewable Energy Equipment (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not concerned about that because I have clear undertakings from Government that my planning powers will not be affected by the UDC and therefore the UDC will operate within the framework set by the London Plan and my Supplementary Guidance. There will be no transfer of staff or land from the LDA or the GLA or TfL to the UDC structure. So, I see it working with us on this.

There is some doubt about whether we are being over-optimistic about the amount of new employment we can get in the Thames Gateway east of The Royals, but clearly anything we could do to begin to establish new modern industries shows the potential of what can be done. But, on all of this I think you have to be absolutely clear, with the scale of development, particularly housing, coming in the Gateway it would be a criminal act not to lay down new standards in terms of energy consumption and therefore that will spill over into everything like the grid system for the roads. If you actually look at Newham, the grid system, the roads run north/south thus ruling them out for any major contribution for solar panels and photovoltaics. Therefore we will be looking to see that the developers create the grid pattern that actually has the roofs facing south to start building on this potential.