Mount Pleasant

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The local community is the one stakeholder that has been consistently and systematically excluded from your discussions about the long-term development of their neighbourhood. It has also been said on your behalf that the Mayor is not permitted to meet with the applicant. Could you explain therefore why representatives of the Royal Mail Group (RMG) are allowed to join you for a site visit and the local community are not? When is your site visit scheduled?


Answer for Mount Pleasant

Answer for Mount Pleasant

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The local community have not been systematically excluded from discussions about the long term future of their neighbourhood. Both my planning officers and the Deputy Mayor Sir Edward Lister have met with representatives of the local community in order to better understand their concerns with the Mount Pleasant proposals and to see if the scheme can be amended to address those concerns.

My site visit to Mount Pleasant was completed on 28 May 2014 in accordance with the procedures set out in my Representational Hearings Document. The purpose of the site visit is to allow me to see the setting of the development and to ask for clarifications and matters of fact if necessary. The visits are attended by my planning and legal officers as well as the local authority officers and the applicant. The applicant is not allowed to lobby me in any way, as set out in the Representational Hearings Document and that is made clear to the applicant before the site visit.