The Basement Tax

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Westminster Council is seeking to charge an average fee of £8000 for securing planning permission for basement extensions. This would enable it to set up a new enforcement team to help mitigate the negative impacts from such developments. My local residents have shown interest in a scheme to limit basement extensions. If other councils seek to take the direction of 'basement tax' - what strategic advice / support are you able to give and can the fee charged for such extensions be derived from a Londonwide scheme piloted by the Mayor?


Answer for The Basement Tax

Answer for The Basement Tax

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have committed to including a new policy in my new London Plan on mega-basements. My new London Plan and/or its supporting Supplementary Planning Guidance will set out what mitigation and monitoring options are available to the boroughs.  Whilst my policies can outline what should be considered when a planning application for a mega-basement is received, it is not within my powers to charge or collect fees for this type of development.