Boris intervenes at Mount Pleasant site
Thu 30th January 2014, 4:06 pm
The Mayor of London has agreed to step in to speed up the planning application process at the Royal Mailís Mount Pleasant site in Farringdon.
The Royal Mail Group is looking to build 683 homes, as well as shops, offices, restaurants and a public space on the site of a former postal sorting office.
Both Camden and Islington councils are involved in the process. Because ongoing disagreements over some aspects of the scheme make it unlikely that they will resolve planning permission in the near future the mayor has stepped in, at the Royal Mail’s request, to take on the role of planning authority.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: "London is growing at an unprecedented rate and it is absolutely vital that we get on with the important work of building thousands of new homes as quickly as we can.
"By taking over this application it should be possible to speed up the decision making process. My team will be working closely with the local authorities and Royal Mail without further delay."
An application is expected to be brought before the mayor in the summer of 2014.