Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You mentioned the London Borough of Hounslow in your comments. The residents of the Labour-controlled London Borough of Hounslow cannot understand why you are spending public money opposing a Labour-controlled public authority, which has turned down an application from a developer and why you are spending public money against another authority that is also spending public money. It is normally accepted, indeed this is the point Mike Tuffrey made, that local planning authorities know best. There really is no reason for you to intervene in these matters, particularly when you are wasting substantial sums of money.

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Answer for Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The value of having a Mayor who takes an overall London view is that you can say when a borough council is taking a view, which is narrow, which is not overall in London's interests. This is exactly the same approach I have taken in various discussions with Islington about, and this is not the Liberal administration, it has been inherited from the previous Labour administration, an absolute height barrier of 30 metres on any building in the borough, a blanket height restriction. Each site should be looked at on its merits. With the Citadel site, I have to say, I am quite happy that we can have a session here where I could bring all the various schemes. I defy anyone to tell me that it is the tallest building which is not the most attractive on that site.