Planning application for Norton Folgate, Spitalfields

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your decision to call-in an application for the redevelopment of land at Norton Folgate, Spitalfields, will you undertake to visit the site and meet with representatives from the Spitalfields Trust and other interested parties before the public hearing on this planning application?


Answer for Planning application for Norton Folgate, Spitalfields

Answer for Planning application for Norton Folgate, Spitalfields

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already completed an initial unaccompanied site visit with my planning officers. I was given access to the site but was not accompanied by the developer and no representations were made to me on that visit.  I can confirm that I will undertake a further site visit, accompanied by GLA planning officers and prior to the representation hearing date, where I will meet with the developer team and representatives from Tower Hamlets. A date for the site visit will be confirmed shortly.

My representations hearing protocol precludes meeting with local parties during my site visit as the latter is undertaken to familiarise me with the site, rather than to take representations from either the developer, the local authority or local groups. During the site visit I may ask the local authority or the developer to clarify facts about the development but they are not allowed to lobby me about the development. I will be accompanied by my legal and planning teams to ensure this protocol is strictly observed.