Reclaim Our Spaces

MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been asked by Just Space to highlight their work entitled "Reclaim Our Spaces", which has examined how many community spaces across London (from community centres to street markets and music venues) have been lost in recent years.  Existing policies are proving inadequate to protect them.   Will the Mayor study the report and bring forward proposals to ensure effective protection for existing community spaces?


Answer for Reclaim Our Spaces

Answer for Reclaim Our Spaces

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I would be happy to study the report and I aim to ensure that policies in the new London Plan are more explicit about sustaining and protecting important cultural and community spaces.

However, some land uses like pubs and music venues can change use under permitted development rights set by Government without triggering a planning application and this can undermine the effectiveness of planning policy. I am continuing to lobby strongly on this issue, particularly for the use of article 4 directions.