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Goldsmith's empowering of local communities could harm borough/city relationships

Date: 23/10/2015

The conservative candidate for London's mayor, Zac Goldsmith, proposals to enable communities to oblige him to call in schemes has raised quite a few eyebrows.

Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board and also of its London region, told Planning magazine that communities' ability to demand the mayor to call in applications "has the potential to harm" the relationship between the boroughs and City Hall, "because the boroughs would feel the mayor is imposing his view."

The proposals, he added, would give power to "a bunch of people who speak loudly and know how to work the system" rather than representing the view of the broader community.

Kiely also commented that whils London people are "more tolernat" and "not so bothered as they are in suburbia and market towns, there will always be parts that take a different view." He added, "if you are a person who wants to prevent developments, you will use all the weapons at your disposal, and what Goldsmith is proposing is a new weapon."

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