Urban Development Corporation

MQT on 2004-01-28
Session date: 
January 28, 2004
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To what extent do you envisage your planning powers will be affected by the Deputy Prime Minister's proposed Urban Development Corporation for the Thames Gateway? How will the UDC mesh with your call-in function and who is expected to have the final say in the event of any disagreements? Do you perceive the potential for overlapping/conflicting interests between the UDC and the other organisations/agencies already operating in the Thames Gateway area?



Answer for Urban Development Corporation

Answer for Urban Development Corporation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not expect my development control powers to be affected by the UDC, nor do I expect the London Plan's status as London's spatial development strategy to be altered. The UDC will take planning decisions in place of boroughs on key projects. As is the case now, I will have a power to direct refusal and the Secretary of State will retain his power to call-in. Though there may be disagreements from time to time, I plan to work very closely with the UDC and their planning team to ensure that applications are processed swiftly and with maximum certainty.I do not personally see the need for another delivery agency in London Thames Gateway, but I will work with Government and the boroughs to make this proposal work. There is a danger of overlap, of course. The Minister for London and I have set up a London Partnership Board, and are preparing an agreed development and investment framework, to ensure that agencies complement, rather than clash with, each other. .