The draft London Plan was published for consultation by the Mayor in November 2017, consultation ended on Friday 2 March 2018. On 13 August without much fanfare, the Mayor published an updated version of the London Plan, this updated version of the Plan is a direct response of a review of the consultation responses received. These amendments consist of clarifications, corrections and factual updates, which can be used to inform the Examination in Public. (EiP).
The EiP opened on 15 January 2019 and is scheduled to run until mid-May. In his opening address, Jules Pipe, the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said, ‘To deal with the challenges it faces, London needs something radical’ and the GLA hope that the New London Plan will achieve this.
This EiP is run by a panel of three Planning Inspectors, who are appointed by the Secretary of State and independent of the Mayor and Greater London Authority. Updates on how the EiP is progressing including relevant requests for information can be found here. Once the EiP is finished the inspectors will consider their findings and report back, as to whether the plan is considered to comply with the relevant national test. Subject to the plan getting signed off by the Secretary of State, the Mayor is ambitiously aiming for the New London Plan to be adopted later this year.
RBKC Local Plan Partial Review (LPPR) – Update
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has undertaken a partial review of the existing Consolidated Local Plan, which was adopted in July 2015. In May 2018 RBKC submitted the Local Plan Partial Review (LPPR) to the Secretary of State for examination, these examinations took place in February/March 2018. Following the examination, the Planning Inspector sent an ‘Interim Findings’ letter to RBKC, which does not mean that the plan is adopted and therefore the LPPR does not yet form part of the Development Plan against which decisions are made. However, these emerging policies should be given some consideration (moderate weight) during the application process.
We have previously discussed Amalgamations, one of the main policy changes from the LPPR. At the time of drafting this article, the LPPR has still not been adopted, meaning that the Consolidated Local Plan is still the starting point for determining applications. However, the window of opportunity for amalgamations has almost certainly been shut unless you meet the criteria set out in the LPPR.
Recent discussions with RBKC’s Policy Team suggest that they are expecting a notification from the Secretary of State imminently, which will confirm that the LPPR has passed the various legal tests. After which a decision will be made by the Council whether to adopt the LPPR (which should be a formality).
If you would like to know more about the LPPR and how this could affect your proposals, please contact a member of our London team on 020 3960 1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.