Community engagement after developments are referred to the Mayor

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th May 2021.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

A constituent has raised an issue with the fact that, while developers are obliged to carry out community engagement, this is only during the design evolution process prior to planning submissions. When schemes are called in by your office, this process inevitably leads to further design evolution without guaranteed public involvement. What assurances will you give that community engagement will significantly improve during these processes of design evolution led by your planning and viability teams?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My London Plan published in March sets out my approach to Good Growth and I’m committed to fully implementing Policy GG1, which focuses on early and inclusive engagement in planning. Officers are currently working on an enhanced engagement strategy for planning which will include guidance for developers on how they should engage with the community on called in applications.