Thank you for your correspondence about the decision by Bromley Council planning committee to refuse the planning application for a new secondary school on St Hugh's Playing Fields in Bickley.
I have receieved a significant amount of correspondence on this application in favour of and in opposition to the proposed school. To clarify the situation in relation to the requests to call in the application, the Mayor of London Order establishes a series of criteria against statutory categories that detirmine which planning applications submitted to London boroughs must be referred to myself. Once an application is referred, then I have a range of statutory planning powers, including
For all applications referred to me, at the initial stage (Stage One), I issue a consultation report to the council setting out an assessment of the strategic planning issues. Once the application has been considered at the council's planning committee, the requirement to refer it back to me is dependent on the category of the application:
In the case of Bullers Wood School, the application was referred to me on 13 July 2017 under category three of the Mayor of London Order. This means that I only have the power to direct refusal of the application should the council approve it, and have no statutory power to take it over for my own detirmination, should the council resolve to refuse planning permission at any point.
I considered the Stage One report for Bullers Wood School on 23 August 2017. On 4 October 2017 Bromley Council resolved to approve planning permission, and on 17 November 2017, following referral by the council in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Mayor of London Order, I considered the proposal and concluded that I was content to allow the Council to detirmine the application itself and did not want to direct refusal.
On 25 January 2018 the council considered the application at committee for a second time and resolved to refuse planning permission. As stipulated by the Mayor of London Order, I have no statutory powers to intervene in the council's decision to refuse planning permission, and the council is not required to refer this decision to myself for a further Stage Two.
You can find further details on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/what-powers-does-mayor-have-planning. "