The Mayor’s planning role in London and the London Planning Framework
The Mayor’s planning role in London and the London Planning Framework

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Mayor’s planning role in London and the London Planning Framework
  • Powers under the Greater London Authority Act 1999
  • Spatial development strategy—the London Plan
  • Scope of the spatial development strategy
  • The London Plan
  • Review of the strategy
  • Monitoring
  • Implementation Plan
  • Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)
  • Referral and direction powers
  • More...

The planning functions in the Greater London area are exercised by:

  1. the Mayor of London (the Mayor)

  2. the 32 London Boroughs

  3. the City of London Corporation, and

  4. two Mayoral Development Corporations for specific areas

Powers under the Greater London Authority Act 1999

The Greater London Authority Act 1999 (GLAA 1999) established a Greater London Assembly for the Greater London Area, for the purpose of promoting economic and social development in Greater London and the improvement of the environment in the area.

The GLAA 1999 also provides for a directly elected Mayor, with the power to exercise any of the important functions of the authority on its behalf and who, is responsible for strategic governance in London.

The planning functions are set out in the GLAA 1999, Part VIII, as well as in subordinate legislation. These functions relate to:

  1. strategic planning by means of the spatial development strategy, and

  2. referred applications, which are planning applications that are of potential strategic importance to London

Neither the Mayor nor the Greater London Authority (GLA) is a local planning authority (LPA) for their area, although the Mayor may be directed to be the LPA for Greater London in specific cases (see Referral and direction powers). The London Boroughs and the City of London Corporation remain the sole planning authorities for their areas (save for any areas covered by a development corporation). However, their

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