Memorandum by London Assembly Spatial
Development Strategy Investigative Committee, Greater London Authority
I write on behalf of the Assembly's SDS Investigative
Committee in response to your press notice of 23 November 2001
seeking memoranda on your new inquiry on tall buildings.
I am sure you are aware that the Mayor has chosen
to give this issue a high priority, as evidenced by the generally
supportive nature of his decisions in relation to planning application
of strategic importance involving tall buildings, and by interviews
he has given to the press.
My Committee has recently conducted a scrutiny
towards the London Plan: Initial Proposals for the Mayor's Spatial
Development Strategy, and we were keen to get to the bottom of
the Mayor's emerging policy stance on tall buildings. In the course
of our investigations we took evidence from the Mayor of London,
English Heritage, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the
Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Royal Institute of Chartered
Surveyors on this issue.
I refer to our final report. We took evidence
on the first two of your questionsthe role of tall buildings,
and where they should be locatedand I refer you to paragraphs
3.35 to 3.42 in our report, and to recommendation 10 on page 22.
The Committee's view is that the Mayor should identify in consultation
with boroughs a limited number of suitable locations for tall
buildings in London, and that he should work up a coherent set
of evaluation criteria for dealing with planning applications
for tall buildings. It will be for the London Plan to carry this
forward, and we await the publication of the next stage (the Draft
London Plan, expected May 2002) when we will return to a detailed
scrutiny of the Mayor's stratetegic planning policies.