Planning Planning reforms and affordable housing

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What response will you be making to the government's consultation on proposals to reform provisions for section 106 agreements to allow a new planning charge, as an alternative to negotiated planning obligations, for example in securing affordable housing? Do you share my concerns that current delays in processing planning applications in London are one symptom of a planning system that can ill-cope with the demands of negotiations with developers?



Answer for Planning Planning reforms and affordable housing

Answer for Planning Planning reforms and affordable housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers are currently assessing the Government's proposals and following discussions with them, I will be responding to the consultation paper by the deadline of 8th January 2004. I am concerned about unnecessary delays in the planning system, which is why my planning team provides valuable assistance and advice to boroughs in negotiating s106 agreements on strategic planning applications. My team has been able to develop significant experience and expertise in carrying out these discussions, which is replicated only in the very few boroughs that deal with numerous large applications. I am confident therefore that s106 discussions do not cause unnecessary delays in concluding planning negotiations on applications that are referred to me. .