Change of use from Office to Residential (2)

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I write further to your answer to Question No: 3242 / 2013. Harrow Council's application for exemption was for a small geographical area only e.g. limited to the 'Intensification Area'. Why did you not support Harrow's application which met your criteria of 'strategic overview' and small 'geographical area'? As a consequence of your failure to support Harrow's pleas for exemption there will be detrimental impact on the economic regeneration proposals made in their area action plan. 


Answer for Change of use from Office to Residential (2)

Answer for Change of use from Office to Residential (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In light of my strategic remit I sought specific exemptions for nationally important office locations. In view of their cumulative importance, I also provided a strategic context to support robustly justified borough submissions for locally important office locations elsewhere in outer and inner London. In this I drew Government's attention particularly to office locations identified in the London Plan as having strategic importance: town centres identified with potential for office development, other specialist strategic office locations, Strategic Industrial Locations and locally significant industrial sites. In view of the timescale and resources available for the consultation, individual boroughs such as Harrow were best placed to make authoritative, detailed representations for these and other locations in light of their local knowledge.