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Westferry Printworks: Planning Permission

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL4888, tabled on 2 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) meetings, and (2) communications, took place between the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Richard Desmond in (a) 2019, and (b) 2020; and whether they will place the records of these meetings and communications in the Library of the House.

Answered on

16 June 2020

Details of Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published regularly and can be found at the following link on

The Secretary of State declined to discuss the application with both the Mayor of Tower Hamlets and the developers.

The Planning Inspector’s Report sets out a schedule of representations received by the Inspector. Special Advisers did not meet with the developers or local authority. Officials in MHCLG had no meetings and received no communications from executives of Northern and Shell.

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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government