Building on Lordship Recreation Ground

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Lordship Recreation Ground recently received £5m in public money for re-development, including £400k from the GLA. Can the Mayor assure us that he will protect the Rec, and the GLA's interests, against the housing development plans of Haringey Council?


Answer for Building on Lordship Recreation Ground

Answer for Building on Lordship Recreation Ground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Very quickly, both the London Plan and the Haringey Local Plan seek to protect Metropolitan Open Land.  Any development, in particular residential development, on the Recreation Ground would be inappropriate and would require justification through exceptional circumstances.  However, probably that is the limit of what I can say because my officers obviously will be bringing a further report for my consideration and I must not fetter any discretion I may have. 


James Cleverly AM (on behalf of Andrew Boff AM):  Mr Mayor, I appreciate that you are not allowed to state or imply any judgment on this.  I was wondering if you might consider a number of courses of action which should not fetter your future discretion.  For example, send Haringey Council a map of their own borough highlighting areas of Metropolitan Open Land that they might consider or perhaps sending them a copy of the rules regarding the development on Metropolitan Open Land, for example.  The feedback I have had and, whilst this is outside my own constituency, the conversations that my colleague, Andrew Boff, has had indicate that people actually are very concerned about the loss of this important not only green open space but their local amenity and would very much want to see that you were doing everything you could to ensure that Haringey Council understood the gravity of the decision that they are thinking of making.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Of course I understand that.  I am grateful to you, James, and to Andrew [Boff AM] for raising this point powerfully.  You can take it from my earlier answer that we will bear all of these considerations very much at the front of our minds. 


James Cleverly AM:  Thank you.