Borough planning teams (1)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you have any plans to assist borough planning teams by helping to provide quality legal support, to improve the speed and quality of processing planning applications in London? If not, would you consider such an approach?


Answer for Borough planning teams (1)

Answer for Borough planning teams (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am keen to encourage innovation and to promote the sharing of knowledge and resources between public authorities in order to expedite process and deliver cost savings, and through close partnership working by my expert planning team, I want to help support the boroughs in delivering the key priorities for Londoners.

My Affordable Housing & Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance provides, for the first time in London, detailed city-wide guidance to boroughs on the design of affordable housing review mechanisms, in order to assist them in drafting complex and rigorous legal agreements that secure maximum public benefit. Furthermore, alongside publishing the SPG, my planning team has written to all boroughs offering their support in detailed planning discussions, and in the consideration of requests to vary legal agreements.

My expert planning team are keen to explore other ways of offering similar support to boroughs, linked to my key priorities.