Since the Mayor of London launched his draft new London Plan in December 2017, things went quiet for a few months as the GLA waded through over 4,000 consultation responses. Activity is now intensifying again following the publication of the Mayor’s Minor Suggested Changes to the Plan last month and the build up to the Examination in Public (EiP) scheduled to take place in the new year.
The EiP will take the form of a series of hearing sessions at City Hall between mid-January and mid-May 2019. The Secretary of State has appointed a Panel of three independent inspectors to conduct the EiP. Last week the Panel issued its draft list of ‘matters’ for the EiP – the issues they consider require debate at the hearing sessions as a sounding board for the Plan.
We are fully engaged in the London Plan process, and continue to work closely with members through our steering group. Our main objective is to ensure a pro-growth policy climate that will encourage a healthy pipeline of sustainable development and support the economic success of London in a post-Brexit world. This naturally includes a significant step change in housing delivery and a spatial strategy for growth that is underpinned by the delivery of Crossrail 2 and other strategic infrastructure projects.
Our primary concern is the cumulative impact on development viability arising from a complex suite of policy tweaks that, individually, may not appear to have that big an impact, but collectively pose risks to effective delivery.
Earlier last month the EiP Panel also published its draft list of ‘participants’, thus inviting selected interested parties to attend the hearing sessions and debate the policies on which they raised reasonable objections during the consultation process. London First has been invited to participate in a significant number of the hearing sessions across a broad range of issues.
The Panel has set a deadline of 11 October for comments on the draft lists of matters and participants, which will be finalised by early November. We will be holding a series of roundtable discussions from November to January drilling down into the various technical planning issues arising and ensuring our Members’ views are fully represented at the hearing sessions.
If you would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Bevan, our Programme Director for Planning and Development.
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