Brent and Harrow
5 May 2016 Vote for
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Navin Shah GLA Brent & Harrow
Labour Party Londonwide

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Protection of Pubs & Industrial Land; Curbing Growth of Betting Shops and Pay Day Lenders and Promoting Cycling.

On Thursday 10th April Mayor’s consultation on changes to the London Plan closed. The London Plan is the overarching policy framework setting out the strategic directions for planning in the capital.

I submitted a response to emphasise some key planning aspects for his constituency of Brent and Harrow. The focus of the response as far as Brent goes is on the protection of our high streets from proliferation of Betting Shops and Pay Day Lenders; protection of Strategic Industrial Land; protection of Public Houses and extension of ‘Mini Holland’ Cycling Programme to Brent.   

In my response to London Plan Alterations I’ve highlighted the need for strong planning policies to protect traditional public houses which are part of our culture and social fabric. Far too many pubs have been bulldozed in Brent and London.  To prevent further destruction I’ve asked for stronger policies to enable local Councils to protect cherished pubs and our heritage. Our High Streets are full of Betting Shops and Pay Day Lender outlets. I’ve called upon the Mayor to introduce policies to help stop disproportionately high growth of such businesses in our shopping areas. I’ve sighted in my submission Brent Council’s recent initiative to restrict proportion of Betting Shops, Pawnbrokers and Pay Day Lenders who have negative impact on our communities.

London is facing a huge housing crisis which London Plan needs to address but at the same time it is critical that employment land is protected and that. I’ve asked that Strategic Industrial Land in Brent gets its due recognition and is made attractive for its development to generate local industry and local jobs.

I’m keen that safe and more cycling is promoted in Brent and I’ve urged the Mayor through London Plan to extend ‘Mini Holland’ cycling programme to the suburbs like Brent and Harrow.



 1. See attached submission made by Navin Shah AM.

 2. The   London Plan is the spatial planning strategy for London. The Further Alterations to the London Plan can be found here along with details of how to respond to the consultation: