Holiday Accommodation: Greater London

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th January 2016.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times he has used his powers under Section 25B (5) of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 to give local planning authorities powers to exempt certain areas from the provisions of Section 25A of that Act without the need for them to request his consent; and which local planning authorities he has so exempted.

Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many requests has he received from local planning authorities to exempt particular properties or areas in their boroughs from the provisions of Section 25A of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 on the short-term use of London accommodation; which local planning authorities have made such requests; and how many such requests has he refused.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

My rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government(Greg Clark) has received one request from a local planning authority to exempt particular properties or areas under section 25A of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973. The request was made by Westminster City Council, and is currently under consideration by Ministers. The Secretary of State has not used his powers under Section 25B (5) of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973.

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