Special measures 1

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Government has announced that local authorities which decide fewer than half of applications on time will be put into special measures under which decisions will not be taken by the local authority. In London, will developers have the option to request that these decisions be taken by the Mayor?


Answer for Special measures 1

Answer for Special measures 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

If a local planning authority is designated to be in 'special measures', applicants will have a choice whether to submit an application for major development to that local planning authority (in the usual way) or directly to the Secretary of State. 

If the latter route is chosen, a modified referral process is prescribed whereby the Secretary of State must notify the Mayor if the application, in relation to land within Greater London, is one of potential strategic importance (defined in the Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order. 

In these circumstances, the Mayor may not direct refusal of the application but retains a power to direct that he be the local planning authority if he considers that relevant criteria are met.  This modified process does not allow for applicants formally to request that the Mayor take over the application.