London Planning Survey - ALG

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2302
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The survey carried out by GfK NOP shows that 68% of Londoners think that there local council should be given more powers to decide whether planning permission should be granted in their local area. As this appears to be the wishes of Londoners will you be willing to discuss this with the government?

Answer

Answer for London Planning Survey - ALG

Answer for London Planning Survey - ALG

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The survey misrepresented the Government's proposals and suggested a false choice between boroughs and me making planning decisions. Boroughs already make decisions on virtually all planning applications in London, so it is difficult to see how they could be given even more powers. I have said repeatedly that the new powers for the office of Mayor of London will only be used in a very small number of cases, which are of key strategic importance to London, to help deliver important priorities, particularly crucial affordable and family-sized homes, and then only if there is clear evidence that the borough concerned is failing to deal with the case properly.