Places of Worship

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does London have enough mosques, or other places of worship? If not, how will your planning policies help to facilitate their provision?


Answer for Places of Worship

Answer for Places of Worship

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The picture varies across London. In some boroughs there are places of worship standing redundant, and some faith groups are making more use of home worship, while other faith groups, particularly those with large congregations such as Charismatic churches and some Muslim communities are struggling to find adequate spaces to meet their worship needs.

The existing London Plan already requires London boroughs to make sure that their own local plans assess the need for social and community facilities in their area, including premises for worship, and ensure that these needs are capable of being met wherever possible.

'Planning for a better London' recognises the contribution that London's diverse populations play in supporting the city and this issue will be further considered with a full review of the London Plan.