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Graham Jones Our ref: UDP15PM/TJ03
Chief Planning Officer Date: 11 March 2004
PO Box 37
Harrow HA1 2UY
Dear Mr. Jones,
Town & Country Planning (Development Plan) (England) Regulations 1999
Greater London Authority Act 1999
Re: Harrow UDP Review – Proposed Post Inquiry Modifications
I refer to your letter of 28 January consulting the Mayor of London on the proposed post
inquiry modifications to the replacement Harrow Unitary Development Plan (UDP).
The Mayor agreed the attached report on 11 March. The report, read in conjunction with
this letter, represents the Mayor’s response to the proposed modifications to the revised
As set out in paragraphs 8 to 20 of the attached report, there are fundamental areas of
housing and waste management policy that do not adequately reflect London Plan policy,
and hence the revised UDP is not in general conformity with the London Plan.
Furthermore, it fails to reflect the national guidance contained in PPG10 (Planning and
These housing and waste issues and omissions hinder the implementation of the London
Plan and its strategic objectives. In particular, they hinder the objectives of making London
a better place in which to live (housing and affordable housing provision and housing mix),
the promoting of social inclusion and tackling discrimination (housing mix, life time homes
and special needs housing) and of making London a greener city (sustainable waste
Section 15 (2A) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 sets out the key statutory
requirement that London UDPs shall not be adopted unless they are in general conformity
with the London Plan. This statutory requirement applies to both Part 1 and Part II of UDPs.
This means that at the point of adoption, a UDP must be in general conformity with the
London Plan, otherwise section 15(2A) of the 1990 Act is infringed. Therefore, if there is a
published London Plan, and an unadopted UDP is not in general conformity with it, that
UDP shall not be adopted. The requirement to be in general conformity is mandatory and
neither the Mayor nor your Council can waive such a requirement.
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The principles of sustainable development are enshrined in the legislation that established
the GLA, and are reflected in its principal purposes-promoting economic development and
wealth creation, promoting social development, and promoting the improvement of the
environment in Greater London. The inadequacy and omission of a range of housing and
waste issues in your UDP policies highlight the fact that the UDP, as currently proposed,
could be substantially improved to enhance its sustainability before adoption.
Please also note that there are other matters raised in paragraphs 6 and 7 of the attached
report, which whilst not representing issues of general conformity with the London Plan,
should still be taken into account by the Council when formulating further modifications to
the UDP. Some of these are non-material points of updating references.
I urge you to give due consideration to the issues of non-general conformity that the Mayor
has raised in the attached report and produce further post inquiry modifications such that
adoption of the UDP can proceed without infringement of Section 15(2A). Officers in the
Planning Decisions Unit welcome further discussions with you to consider the appropriate
means of resolving the issues. Please contact Tim Johnstone to arrange a convenient time.
Planning Decisions Manager
Cc Chris Baker, GoL
Dennis Varcoe, Harrow Council