Neighbourhood Planning Act

MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What will be the main benefits to London of the new Neighbourhood Planning Act, and how will it impact your review of the London Plan?


Answer for Neighbourhood Planning Act

Answer for Neighbourhood Planning Act

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Act introduced several reforms to the compulsory purchase regime that aim to make the system faster and fairer. This includes greater scope to capture the land value uplift created by public sector intervention – for example, the value created by new transport infrastructure. It also provides for the GLA Group functional bodies to exercise compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) in a more strategic way – for example, by allowing TfL to undertake CPOs for housing purposes, or the GLA for transport purposes.  This could have significant benefits for the delivery of housing and infrastructure in the capital.  The new London Plan will take account of these changes.


The Act also paves the way for removing all permitted development rights relating to drinking establishments, which will help protect pubs in London.


In addition, the Act increases the weight of Neighborhood Plans as they go through the process. Neighborhood Plans can play an important role in ensuring local communities have a say in their area and how growth is accommodated.