Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Andrew Boff AM:  Mr Mayor, your manifesto said, “I will oppose building on the Green Belt, which is even more important today than it was when it was created”.  Very good.  A lovely statement.  You are now saying it is horses for courses and that you may support building on the Green Belt.  Is that correct?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Animal Welfare Strategy (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am advised that, legally, I must judge all future development proposals, including those on the Green Belt, on their individual merits and against all relevant policies.


Andrew Boff AM:  Should you not have included in your manifesto that commitment?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  The position in my new London Plan will be to have a presumption against development on the Green Belt.


Andrew Boff AM:  That is not what it says in your manifesto, of course.  It says quite clearly that you oppose building on the Green Belt.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  That is why there will be a presumption in the new London Plan not to build on the Green Belt.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  I have already drawn attention to this, Assembly Member Boff.  The Mayor has three times answered this one in his own way.  You and all Members have to devise a strategy to get the Mayor to give us a closed answer.


Andrew Boff AM:  The next bit is fine.  Mr Mayor, you oppose building on the Green Belt because you have told Londoners you do and you are saying that you have no say over the Green Belt under 1,000 square metres.  Can you assure Londoners that you will not support any developments that involve building on the Green Belt?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  It is horses for courses, Assembly Member Boff.


Andrew Boff AM:  Horses for courses.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  The presumption is against Green Belt development and that will be in my London Plan. 


Andrew Boff AM:  OK.  I need to get this online and see if you have made any reference to horses or courses in your manifesto. 


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I await that with eager anticipation.


Andrew Boff AM:  I am sure it is in there somewhere and I apologise, Mr Mayor, for not reading thoroughly enough to have picked that up.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am sure it will be the first of many apologies.


Andrew Boff AM:  Thank you very much indeed, Mr Mayor.