Fettering Discretion in the Planning Process

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


While your statement of compliance to Lambeth Council on whether extensions and alterations to the Southbank Centre complied with the London Plan made clear that there was no obligation for you to indicate your intentions regarding a possible direction, your subsequent press release of 15 January 2014 [‘Mayor supports skate park rethink’] explicitly stated that you would only support plans to redevelop the Southbank Centre “if the skate park is retained in its current position." How is it possible to conclude anything other than that you have fettered your discretion to determine this application as it currently stands? 


Answer for Fettering Discretion in the Planning Process

Answer for Fettering Discretion in the Planning Process

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have advised Lambeth Council that the scheme does not presently comply with the London Plan due to the loss of the undercroft to commercial uses and am of the view that an alternative solution that results in its retention in-situ should be sought.  The applicant is currently spending some time considering this. I can assure you that when the application comes before me at Stage II, I will have regard to all relevant policies and material considerations when making my decision.  Section 25 of the Localism Act 2011 allows elected representatives to play an active part in local discussions and my expression of a view at the consultation stage should not be treated as evidence of a closed mind on the issue.