The Carlton and Granville Community Centres

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Mayor’s London Plan acknowledges the importance of protecting existing community spaces as they are under threat across London, such as is the case of The Granville and Carlton community centres - heritage buildings in the South Kilburn estate. Concerns are that due to pressures for local redevelopment, communities will end up losing the level and quality of facilities they currently have. How can the Mayor influence local councils to A) protect existing community centres / spaces B) ensure that any redevelopment on the site of existing community centres accommodates the quality and scale of community facilities to fully serve demands of the existing communities as well as future residents in the locality? High quality and adequate social infrastructure is key to inclusive and thriving neighbourhoods.


The Carlton and Granville Community Centres

The Carlton and Granville Community Centres

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that social infrastructure is key to supporting inclusive and thriving neighbourhoods. My draft London Plan sets out policies that require boroughs to undertake a needs assessment of social infrastructure (including community, youth, recreation and other facilities), to ensure boroughs fully understand existing and future needs and plan appropriately for them. The draft Plan also protects social infrastructure from development that would lead to the loss of facilities in an area of defined need, unless a replacement is provided that would continue to meet the needs of the neighbourhood it serves. I can only directly use my planning powers on applications that are referable; however, the London Plan will become part of the development plan for the whole of London once adopted, and should be used by boroughs to guide decision-making.

Answer for The Carlton and Granville Community Centres