Planning reform in Enfield and Haringey

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2105
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you share my concerns that Enfield & Haringey were not exempted from new planning laws that allow property developers to convert empty and unused office blocks into houses and flats without applying for planning permission? Both boroughs have developed planning strategies which carefully consider the mix and sites for commercial, industrial and housing use and this new government legislation rides roughshod over that work. Do you share my concern that this could reduce commercial investment in these Boroughs? What lobbying of government are you undertaking on this issue?

Answer

Answer for Planning reform in Enfield and Haringey

Answer for Planning reform in Enfield and Haringey

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 9 July 2013.

I have made clear my view that the Government's change for permitted development rights from offices to residential is unnecessary in all of London, as the planning system was already working effectively in some boroughs in allowing redundant office space to be released for housing. Therefore, during the recent process conducted by the DCLG to identify areas suitable for exemption, I provided general support for applications for places with office markets of local significance, where these were justified in terms of CLG's selection criteria.

The important thing now is to ensure that we are well-placed to make appropriate representations at the end of the temporary period set by Government. Officers are working up proposals for discussions with the boroughs to ensure the effect of the changes are monitored through the London Development Database to provide an evidence base for these discussions.