The current Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) has final say over the Pinkham Way planning application as it is currently conceived.
Both the waste plant planning application and the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) must conform with the Mayor’s London Plan – the overall strategic vision for London. We have argued strongly at the recent hearing of Haringey’s Core Strategy and in our submission to the NLWP consultation last July, and this May, that the building of an industrial scale waste plant on six hectares of green space that has been so completely regenerated is unnecessary, inconsistent with the London Plan and a bad deal for Londoners.
In the run-up to the 2012 mayoral elections, we wrote to the four main Mayoral candidates and to the local London Assembly candidates setting out our objections. See our letter or download it in Word or as a PDF from the links at the bottom of the page.
You can read what the candidates said in response for yourself.
If a planning application is submitted by Barnet and the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), Haringey Council will consult the Mayor. The Mayor is then required to provide a statement of compliance with the London Plan within six weeks.
Once Haringey Council has resolved to determine the application (either to grant or refuse permission) it must refer the application back to the Mayor, who then has the opportunity to agree with or overturn their decision.
Already, for example, the Mayor’s office has confirmed that the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) is in general conformity with the London Plan (but has raised some queries in relation to it).
The NLWA have commented that “The final round of NLWP public consultation has recently been completed; of particular note within this was the London Mayor’s acceptance of the principle of the use of Pinkham Way for a waste use."
Read the response of the GLA to the selection of Pinkham Way by the waste plan.
It is also worth noting that SITA UK’s plan to develop an anaerobic digestion facility and materials recycling facility in Mitcham, South West London, has been approved by Boris (although he did stipulate that it be built on a smaller scale than proposed).
You can also see the Mayor’s responses to questions by London Assembly members in relation to Pinkham Way