New Local Plan

We are preparing a new Local Plan which will set out a vision for the future of the borough and guide what development goes where, including homes, schools, infrastructure and transport links. 

The new Local Plan, when adopted, will replace the current Local Plan (called the Core Strategy, 2012). This document needs updating because of the changing environment, particularly around the National Planning Policy Framework and the Mayor’s London Plan, which increased the borough’s housing target in 2016, and is currently being reviewed. 

The Local Plan will provide a long term vision and strategy to meet the future needs of the borough, identifying changes that may happen, and the broad locations for development. The Local Plan will include planning policies, which will be used to determine whether planning applications are appropriate for the borough and are approved or refused. 

Early Engagement consultation - May to July 2019

This first stage of consultation on our new Local Plan, undertaken in line with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, closed on 31 July 2019. Thank you for your submissions and input, we captured views in a range of ways, including  through workshops, drop-in sessions, email, printed copies in libraries and the Information and Advice Centre in Guildhall 2, and our consultation portal.

Next steps

We will now be analysing your responses, and the feedback will be used to help create a draft Local Plan.
As part of this, we will also carry out further work including specialist evidence studies and an Integrated Impact Assessment, which will build on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.

Our Local Development Scheme sets out our formal timetable to deliver the Local Plan and other planning documents.