As part of trying to speed up the planning process the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson or rather a member of his team give out regular pre-planning decision advice on major applications. It's rather basic in detail but it does give sound guidance on whether planning applications meet the London Plan, which is obviously helpful. If it doesn't the application isn't going to get very far. In the detail it also states which parts of the application are sound and which parts need tweaking in order to pass through the planning process. All massively helpful to developers. What it also does is give us a good indication as to what big schemes are likely to come to committee within the next few months. So here's what the mayor's been saying in his latest round up.
First up, the proposals for a new hotel development as well as the demolition and re-development of 3 stands at Oval Cricket ground to increase capacity. This one's already got permission for a similar scheme and so unsurprisingly the Mayor gives the go-ahead for the council to decide this one itself. Below, is the permission as it stands on the left and right the new scheme with slight changes. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Another scheme we should expect to see at Lambeth's committee in the not too distant future is the Vauxhall Cross island site development. Encouragingly the Mayor states 'overall, the scheme is of a high architectural quality', as well as having no impact on strategic views. It does ask for more detailing regarding such factors as inclusive design, children's play space, climate change and air quality amongst others. This is nothing new however, just the usual spiel given out at this stage where the Mayor makes his initial representation.
Another major scheme overseen by Boris is that of what is only at this stage called 'Plot 24, Zone 3, Stratford'. This is a 7-storey 149 bed hotel as well as a 42-storey 150 bed hotel and a 253 residential unit development. The Mayor's major qualm at this stage is around affordable housing and the financial viability and appraisal around it.
Lastly, the Mayor recently gave his first view on this huge estate renewal scheme by Poplar HARCA for well over a thousand units. This one however looks as though it may face more difficulty in satisfying planners as the Mayor states the application raises a host of policy matters, not least the fact that it is in close proximity to operational gas storage holders (a hazardous installation). Expect the health and safety executive (HSE) to get involved just as they did coincidentally with the Oval cricket ground a couple of years back.
And there's your quick round up. To see the Mayor's planning decisions yourself, follow this link.