Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) - Twickenham Stadium

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4161
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Constituents have raised concerns about proposals to remove MOL status for a site near Twickenham stadium.  Will you intervene to prevent this from happening?  If not, why not?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) - Twickenham Stadium

Answer for Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) - Twickenham Stadium

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I place the highest value on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) and will object to any inappropriate development or de-designation of land as MOL where exceptional circumstances cannot be demonstrated.  MOL is given the strongest protection in the draft London Plan and any alterations to MOL should be undertaken by boroughs through the development plan process, in consultation with the Mayor.  In this case, the final decision rests with the Planning Inspector examining the Richmond Local Plan on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.