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Khan asks government to back London Plan’s environmental policies

Words: Laura Edgar

The Mayor of London has asked the housing secretary not to 'ride roughshod' over the environmental protections outlined in the draft London Plan.

In December 2019, Sadiq Khan published the latest version of the plan following examination in public and scrutiny by the Planning Inspectorate in October.

Inspectors Roisin Barrett, William Fieldhouse and David Smith advised Khan to remove a policy relating to fracking from the plan, and suggested that a review of the green belt be added.

Further, policy T8 Aviation states that the mayor supports the case for additional aviation capacity in the south-east of England as long as it meets London’s passenger and freight needs, but that he will oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport. The inspectors recommended that the policy be removed completely from the plan.

Khan rejected the recommendation to remove the fracking related policy from the plan and refused the suggestion of a green belt review.

“The government – through its Planning Inspectorate – has attempted to water down or even strip away crucial policies to protect London’s environment, tackle the climate crisis and cut air pollution," said Khan.

“I’ve been clear from the outset these policies must stay in the London Plan for the benefit of all who live and work in the capital, along with the millions who visit each year from around the world.

“Ministers must not ride roughshod over these important protections. I hope the secretary of state will agree that the plan should be adopted in its current form, so that planning authorities across the city can get on and deliver much-needed new developments for Londoners.”

The housing secretary has until 17 February to respond.

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