London mayor Ken Livingstone has responded to Green Party allegations that he has 'systematically bypassed' his own planning rules for safeguarding London's waterways (AJ 20.1.05).
After receiving a dossier of 19 'dubious' developments, the mayor hit back at claims that he has supported schemes that contravene the current Blue Ribbon Network (BRN) policy.
He said: 'The policies in the London Plan relating to the BRN must be judged and appraised alongside all the other policies.
'I have to take a balanced view of the overall merits of the scheme.
The BRN policies are very important to me and are given serious weight alongside other concerns. I have just published my final report on safeguarded wharves on the River Thames which bears out this point.' Livingstone has also moved to quash fears about the future of the three watchdog groups that were set up to oversee waterway development.