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New London plan clears major hurdle

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The replacement London plan has been declared sound by an inspector after a public examination

London mayor Boris Johnson began work on the document following his election in May 2008, replacing a plan produced by his predecessor Ken Livingstone.

Although itself twice revised, Johnson wanted to fully rework Livingstone’s London plan which he claimed had become outdated with ‘its basis and the policies [within it]… dating back to before 2004’.

The new plan (see attached) provides a planning framework for the capital and includes guidance for local authorities, architects and developers on matters including design, heritage and tall buildings.

Johnson said: ‘The London plan sets out my blueprint for delivering a cleaner, greener, more beautiful and thriving capital ensuring it remains the best big city in the world.
‘I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the mammoth task in producing my London plan.’

The plan will now be sent to be rubber stamped by communities secretary Eric Pickles and is expected to be published in the summer.

What is the London Plan?

Strategic planning in London is the shared responsibility of the Mayor of London, 32 London boroughs and the Corporation of the City of London. Under the legislation establishing the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor has to produce a spatial development strategy (SDS) - which has become known as ‘the London Plan’ - and to keep it under review. Boroughs’ local development documents have to be ‘in general conformity’ with the London Plan, which is also legally part of the development plan that has to be taken into account when planning decisions are taken in any part of London unless there are planning reasons why it should not. The general objectives for the London Plan, and the process for drawing it up, altering and replacing it, are set out in the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended), detailed regulations and guidance in Government Office for London Circular

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