MD2568 Extension to Bishopsgate Goodsyard Planning Performance Agreeme

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
05 February 2020
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

A Mayoral Decision (MD2350) on 13 May 2019 approved the receipt of up to £185,000 from Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration Ltd to cover the costs associated with the processing of the called in Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application pursuant to a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA).

An extension to the existing PPA of £75,000 exclusive of VAT is required to cover an increase in these costs.


The Mayor is asked to approve:

  1. the extension to the Planning Performance Agreement and the receipt of £75,000 exclusive of VAT on a cost recovery basis from the developer of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme; and
  2. expenditure of £75,000 exclusive of VAT on the extension to the Planning Performance Agreement for in respect of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme taking total expenditure to £260,000.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

​​​​​​​1.1  Planning Performance Agreements were formally introduced into the planning system on 6 April 2008 and are principally aimed at major planning applications that need substantial amounts of officer time and negotiation throughout the life of the scheme and allow the GLA to charge for officer time taken up by the larger scale strategic schemes.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​1.2  A Mayoral Decision (MD2350) on 13 May 2019 approved the receipt of up to £185,000 from Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration Ltd. The period covered by the Planning Performance Agreement has now expired and an extension to 1 July 2020 is now required. The extension will require the further receipt of £75,000 from Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration Ltd to cover the costs of resourcing the handling of the planning application.

Objectives and expected outcomes



2.1     Retaining a dedicated and experienced Planning Officer to manage the Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application process through to a Mayoral Hearing, ensuring that the proposal accords with London Plan, national and local planning policies and helps to deliver a comprehensive and sustainable redevelopment of this significant and strategically important site.




2.2     The expected outcomes are the Planning Officer will be continuing to:

  1. work collaboratively with the Applicant to ensure the efficient and expedient processing the Applications;
  2. co-ordinate a series of meetings with the applicant to cover all relevant technical and design matters;
  3. liaise and work with Officers at Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils through to and following the submission of the amended scheme;
  4. manage and direct the work of specialist consultants, as required during the determination of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard planning application;
  5. provide professional/technical expertise in the decisions relating to agreeing formal revisions and the processing of the application, preparation of briefing notes or other advice. To deal with all aspects of this strategically important and highly complex planning application;
  6. schedule, organise and manage all aspects of the Mayoral Planning Hearing (plus any related consultations) to be held under Article 7 of the Town and Country planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;
  7. to complete a detailed Stage III planning report and presentation in order to advise the Mayor and allow him to make a timely decision;
  8. brief and present to senior management, Deputy Mayors, the Mayor and, where necessary Council members representing Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils as and when required; and
  9. contribute to the provision of a high quality, effective and efficient development management and planning service, and to have full regard to the objectives of the whole planning service and the GLA in carrying out the responsibilities of the post.
Equality comments

3.1 Under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, in making these decisions “due regard” must be had to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation as well as to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not. Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation (and marriage or civil partnership status for the purpose of the duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination only). The Planning Officer would be expected to make themselves familiar with these core principles, and to apply the principles of the Equality Act as they apply to public bodies such as the GLA.


Other considerations

4.1     Mayoral strategies and priorities: The work is fundamental to the implementation of the Mayor’s London Plan which seeks to ensure that the city meets the challenges of economic and population growth with much needed housing and commercial floorspace along with other associating social infrastructure and transport infrastructure to enable the development.


4.2     Risk management issues: Regular monitoring of income will be necessary to ensure the costs of providing the service are covered and the income is spent within the Regulations associated with the Local Government Act.


4.3     Conflicts of interest: There are no conflicts of interest to note for any of those involved in the drafting or clearance of the decision.

Financial comments

5.1     Approval is sought for expenditure of up to a total of £75,000 exclusive of VAT on the continuing engagement of a designated Planning Officer to oversee the Bishopsgate Goods Yard planning application through to a Mayoral Planning Hearing and completion of any necessary section 106 legal agreement. All costs will be reimbursed in full by the Applicant.


Activity table



  • Meeting with applicant to discuss public & stakeholder consultation exercise
  • Potential final Design Review Panel meeting
  • Draft s106 discussion

Jan 2020

  • Notice of Mayoral Public Hearing
  • Potential further s106 discussions

Jan-Feb 2020

  • Mayoral Public Hearing
  • Decision Notice

Feb-Mar 2020

  • Fallback Mayoral Public Hearing (may be brought forward if progress allows)
  • Decision Notice

June 2020

Appendices and supporting papers


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