Just Space wrote to the 4 main candidates for Mayor, asking for their commitment to work collaboratively and at an early stage with community groups and residents in the co-production of the next London Plan. We have received replies from 2 candidates as below by 3 May.
Statement from Sian Berry, Green Party candidate for Mayor
“The drafting of a new London Plan presents us with a fantastic opportunity. For far too long, documents like these have been produced by the Mayor, debated by the London Assembly and then sent out for consultation in the community, which is neither a creative nor a particularly efficient way of operating, because it just kicks off a lot of antagonistic to-ing and fro-ing. I agree with Just Space that the early and effective involvement of community organisations of every shape and size in the co-production of the Plan would deliver a better outcome, based on consensus not diktat. If I’m elected Mayor that’s precisely how I’ll set about creating this new chapter of London’s history.”
Statement from Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor
‘I can confirm that I am very happy to make a commitment to work collaboratively and at an early stage with community groups and residents in the co-production of the next London Plan. I believe that genuine and early consultation is essential in planning. Local residents know the issues and needs of their community and are well placed to give guidance and advice. The Liberal Democrats believe strongly in localism and this commitment is very much in line with our values.’
Sian Berry and Caroline Pidgeon are also standing as London Assembly Members.