Metropolitan Open Land

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


I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned that development on Metropolitan Open Land is leading to loss of local sports facilities and having an adverse impact on the openness of the land. What are you doing to protect MOL and how do your recent planning decisions reflect this?


Answer for Metropolitan Open Land

Answer for Metropolitan Open Land

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is estimated that London has 14,338 ha of Metropolitan Open London (MOL) and that annual losses have been limited (1 ha in 2014, 9 ha in 2013, approximating to less than 0.07% pa). The London Plan gives MOL the same status in planning terms as Green Belt and as with that, provides strong protection with only limited flexibility for loss in tightly defined, special circumstances.

Individual development proposals must of course be considered on their merits. Be assured that that I give very serious consideration to MOL implications where these are relevant to proposals of strategic importance.