Planning decisions meetings in public

MQT on 2016-05-25
Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given your desire to "lead the most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen" will you commit to publishing the agendas for your planning decisions meetings, so that it is easier for the public to find out when you will be taking decisions on key planning applications? Will you also consider holding these meetings in public?


Answer for Planning decisions meetings in public

Answer for Planning decisions meetings in public

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All planning applications where I exercise my powers to call in decisions, and at which the Greater London Authority becomes the planning authority, must hold a Representation Hearing open to the public. In the majority of schemes that are referred to me under the Mayor of London Order (2008) my role is initially as a statutory consultee rather than the decision maker.

I am obliged to provide my comments on the conformity of the application to the London Plan within 6 weeks and the relevant reports and comments are publically available. Once the borough has resolved to make a decision, it must then refer that decision to me and at that point I can decide whether to intervene in the application.

I have a 14 day period in which to respond to these referrals, given the rapid turnaround for me exercising my strategic planning role; it would not be logistically possible to hold such regular meetings in public because of these stringent statutory deadlines.