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Crossrail planning charges – comment

London First welcomed the Mayor’s proposed revisions to Crossrail planning charges, announced today.

Judith Salomon, London First Director of Planning and Development, said:

“We have held extensive dialogue with advisors and officers at City Hall on this issue and welcome the changes the Mayor has made, particularly the commitment to consider the impact of the charge on viability of a development.  We remain concerned however that the charge, focused on central London offices, could still delay economic recovery if not sensitively applied.”

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Notes to Editors

1. London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

2. London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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