Planning Application

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Councillor David Ashton, Leader of Harrow Council, has recently admitted to a full meeting of the Council his letter to you imploring you reconsider your recommended rejection of the Edgware Town FC Planning application (which you then did) was based on the false information that 'the site has therefore remained unused for over three years' when in fact matches were still being played in 2008.

Given Cllr Ashton's admission, will the Mayor now - revisit his decision to overturn a recommendation of rejection following the receipt of David Ashton's letter? - Accept that vital importance of transparency in planning decisions, which was somewhat undermined by Cllr Ashton's methods of representation to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. - Check the facts reported to him by his political colleagues? - Refuse to base future planning decisions on unsubstantiated and unchecked personal correspondence from members of his own political party?


Answer for Planning Application

Answer for Planning Application

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am in receipt of a letter from Cllr Ashton clarifying the position in respect of the most recent use of the site. I accept that transparency in decision-making is a fundamental part of the planning process and I do not believe that has been undermined in this case. It is not unreasonable, nor unusual, for a local member to make representations to me in respect of planning applications in their borough. I had no reason to believe any of the information contained in Cllr Ashton's original letter was inaccurate and accepted it in good faith. It is not possible, nor would it be a good use of my officers' time, to verify every detail contained in correspondence submitted in relation to strategic planning applications.