Boris Johnson intends to take back the responsibility for major planning decisions from his Deputy Mayor Ian Clement 'within the near future' once 'he has sorted his diary out.'
These decisions, which are only ever the biggest and most strategic ones, will be taken by the Mayor in future unless he is 'otherwise unavailable' to do so.
In these situations, the decisions will be taken instead by his new Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning Sir Simon Milton.
The decision to take back what was originally one of the primary responsibilities of the Mayor, comes after Assembly members discovered that Boris was unable to name a single major planning decision taken since he came to power.
Boris's new role was announced by Sir Simon at this morning's Planning and Spatial Committee.
Sir Simon could not give a date as to when Boris would start doing this particular part of his job, but he is expected to do so by no later than September.