Childcare and the London Plan (1)

MQT on 2013-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The London Plan states that, in making planning decisions, 'importance should also be given to ... childcare provisions.' What regard have you given to childcare provision in the consideration of planning applications since the publication of the London Plan?


Answer for Childcare and the London Plan (1)

Answer for Childcare and the London Plan (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 13/03/13.

I am concerned about the cost of childcare for Londoners. However, addressing the need for childcare provision is primarily a funding issue and a matter for Government and local authorities.

However, recognising its importance in helping parents back into work, I have put in place a mechanism to use the planning system to also address this need where practicable. This is provided through London Plan Policy 4.12 on improving opportunities for all (para 4.59), and generically through that on social infrastructure (3.16), as well as being raised in 8.2E, to which you refer.

These policies are taken into account when I consider relevant strategic planning applications and, indirectly by boroughs, in their local planning decisions taken in the context of local plans which are in general conformity with the London Plan.