Brick by Brick Petition

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3799
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What standards of impartiality would you expect from a London borough planning authority in determining planning applications, where the applicant is either their own council or a subsidiary organisation wholly owned by that council, in order to avoid any conflict of interest?

Answer

Answer for Brick by Brick Petition

Answer for Brick by Brick Petition

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Planning applications must be decided solely on the basis of their compliance with development plan policies, taking into account any other material planning considerations. The identity of the applicant is not a material planning consideration, and planning authorities must subject planning applications to the same level of scrutiny regardless of who has submitted the application. Any planning decision which is not made in an independent, reasoned and transparent manner would be open to legal challenge.