The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has written to the Mayor of London to inform them that there will be a delay in responding on whether the London Plan is to be called in or not. The Government will now not respond until eight weeks after their original estimate, citing that it has recently been a ‘very busy period’ in a letter dated 14th February 2020.
This follows our recent update on the Inspector’s recommendations, summarising how the Mayor proposed to deal with them, here.
The new target date for the Government’s response is now 16th March 2020. This response is key to the future of the Plan, mainly because it is when we will find out whether the London Plan is to be called in for determination by the Secretary of State. However, even if there is no call in, a Purdah period begins on the 23rd March 2020 in advance of the mayoral elections on 7th May 2020, which may make further progress difficult.
More delays to an already very long process makes it unlikely that the new London Plan will be adopted before the mayoral election. This could change the course of this Plan entirely. Watch this space…