§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will call in for his consideration as a substantial departure from the development plan the recent decision by the Greater London Council to provide offices instead of homes in buildings it owns in James Street, Covent Garden.
§ Mr. Fox
No. It is for the Greater London Council, as local planning authority for the Covent Garden action area, to consider whether its development proposals in this area conflict with or prejudice the implementation of the Covent Garden action area plan and whether they need to be referred to the Secretary of State. The Council decided that, in the context of several other proposed developments in the area, its proposals for 25–31 James Street did not require submission to the Secretary of State. We have found no reason to doubt the GLC's competence to make this decision.