Planning powers returned to local people in east London

The change will benefit local residents, businesses and the council, by strengthening local control over regeneration and maintaining the momentum of private sector investment.

Bob Neill said:

"Putting local boroughs back in control of planning in the London Riverside area puts decision-making power back into democratically elected hands – marking a new era in the area and giving local people more influence to shape the place in which they live.

"This is part of our wider decentralisation of strategic oversight in the Thames Gateway. Planning powers are a perfect example of this: it is obvious that local politicians – accountable to local people – should be responsible for making local planning decisions.

"The order being laid before Parliament today is an important step in achieving this aim. I look forward to being able to announce further progress on localisation elsewhere in the Thames Gateway very soon."

The Corporation will for the time being retain planning powers in the Lower Lea Valley area covering the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Decisions on the way forward in this area will be taken in due course, once the Mayor of London has decided whether to establish a Mayoral Development Corporation in part of the area, on which he is currently consulting.

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