Local Planning in London

31st January 2018

The ‘new’ London Plan was published for consultation on 29 November 2017.  The ‘new’ London Plan when adopted (Autumn 2019) will replace all previous/ consolidated versions of the London Plan and will form the strategic plan covering all of London, against which all planning decisions should follow.  The London Plan also sets out a policy framework for Local Plans across the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London Corporation.

The ‘new’ London Plan places a significant emphasis on ‘Good Growth’. Within the Draft Plan is the Mayor’s bid to ensure that the whole of London contributes towards addressing London’s housing needs.

London’s annual housing target has increased from 42,000 net additional homes per year to 64,935. A small sites target (0-25 units) of 24,573 net additional homes from small sites per year has also been introduced within this, as the Mayor proactively encourages Boroughs to drive the optimisation of these sites to deliver higher density proposals.

Key headlines to note:

  • London needs to double the number of new homes currently being built to 65,000;
  • Small sites target of 24,573 net additional homes proposed;
  • Minimum 35% affordable housing provision, 50% on public sector land and 50% on Strategic Industrial Locations (SIL), Locally Significant Industrial Sites (LSIS) and other industrial sites deemed appropriate to be released for other uses;
  • Mayor expects delivery of affordable housing to be maximised in Opportunity Areas;
  • Density Matrix removed from the Draft Plan and there are no minimum density thresholds;
  • All development should make the most effective use of land and car-free development is a starting point for this, as a result, there are significant changes to the provision of parking standards.
  • General principle that there will be no overall net loss of industrial floorspace capacity across London in designated SIL and LSIS; and
  • Need for a standalone Fire Assessment to be submitted with larger planning applications.

Consultation on the ‘new’ London Plan closes at 5 pm on Friday 2 March.  If you would like further information on the ‘new’ London Plan or the existing London Plan and how it affects you, please speak with a member of our London Planning Team on 020 3960 1530 or info@bell-cornwell.co.uk.


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