On 29th January 2021, following extensive exchanges and revisions, the new London Plan was authorised by the Secretary of State and will be formally published by the Mayor on 2 March 2021.
It has been a relatively drawn out and politicised process to get to this point. Following Sadiq Kahn’s election as the Mayor of London in 2016, the GLA swiftly commenced the preparation of a new London Plan to replace the previous Mayor’s version, to reflect his vision and ambitions for the next 20 years, and the policies and issues on which he was elected. This was with the aim of delivering a new plan within his first term – an ambitious target given the background research and various stages it must go through including consultation, independent examination, and Secretary of State scrutiny before it is published.
It was this latter stage that caused the longest delays, with over six months passing whilst negotiations continued between the Mayor and Secretary of State, culminating in a formal response from the Government late last year. It goes without saying that the relationship between a Labour Mayor and the Prime Minister (and former Mayor) and his Conservative Government was never going to be smooth sailing, and the new London Plan process has been a fallout of this tension. But having conceded on several points, as discussed below, the Mayor has finally reached the last stage in formalising his new London Plan and Officers have confirmed that it will formally published on 2 March 2021.
Should you have any further queries in relation to the New London Plan, or have any current or new proposals you wish to discuss in relation to this update, please do get in touch with one of the planning leadership team: Lisa Webb, Nick Brindley, Neil Henderson and Graham Oliver.