The Greater London Authority (GLA) collects data about the major planning permissions in London through the London Development Database. The data is provided by the London boroughs, who are responsible for providing details of the permissions in their area. Only permissions meeting specific criteria are stored. This site allows you to view these permissions spatially, providing a picture of development sites in London that is not restricted by borough boundaries.
The Boroughs are expected to add permissions on a monthly basis, within three months of the permission being granted. Information on when work starts or is completed is updated annually. The GLA is not responsible for adding any information to the database and is not responsible for the quality or completeness of the data, only for ensuring conformity across the 33 local authorities in London.
For information about the latest planning permissions, planning applications awaiting a decision, applications which have been rejected or details of the planning permissions that do not meet our criteria, either visit the relevant borough's website or contact their planning department.
Using the site
The data can be viewed as Individual Permissions, where planning permissions are displayed on a map, or Aggregated as ward or borough totals for housing numbers.
You can find the planning permissions in your area by selecting 'Individual' in the Control Panel. The Search box allows you to look for a locality by name (e.g. Romford or Dalston) or postcode (e.g. SE1 or SE1 2AA). Just type into the search box and click "Go" to view a map centred on the closest matching search result from our database. Similar matching results will be displayed in a list below.
You can also jump straight to the interactive map by clicking on the Map View tab. You can use the mouse or the keyboard to zoom in and out and move around the map. Click on the "Select a map location" button before clicking on the map to create a circle of the selected radius around that point. The search radius can be changed in the control panel. The planning permissions falling within that circle are listed in Text View tab.
When viewing the whole of London, only the biggest planning permissions are displayed. As you zoom in, the smaller consents are added.
The permission markers give an indication of the main proposed used. To see what the symbols represent, click on the "Legend" tab. Additional details about the permission, including a full description of the development and a list of the proposed uses, can be found by clicking on the permission marker.
The colour of the symbol indicates whether the permission is Not Started, Started or Completed. By default you will see the permissions that are currently Not started or Started, but you can change this in the Control panel.
The Text View tab displays all of the records falling within the selected search radius. The Text View tab will be empty unless a search has been carried out.
The matching records are sorted according to the distance from the selected location, but can be re-sorted by clicking on the appropriate column header. The data can be saved to a spreadsheet by clicking on the 'Export to Excel' button.
The text view will change as you change the search criteria on the left. You can always switch back to the map view at any time.
The Aggregated maps show the total net residential units in the selected status by borough and ward. Select the status on the control panel to view the London-wide map with borough totals. The boroughs are coloured according to the number of units. There are 5 colour bands on each map, the districts with the highest number of units have a darker colour.
Either zoom in on the map or use the seach functions in the control panel to view the corresponding totals for the wards.
Note: The colour banding of the wards is done at a London-wide level.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data, the GLA does not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions it may contain. The data on this site remains the property of the London Local Authorities, who are required to keep it up to date and accurate.
Indvidual permissions (zoom levels)
Aggregated permissions (zoom levels)
|This map offers 9 zoom levels ranging from level 0 (1:30000) showing all of London to level 8 (1:1000) showing indivdual buildings.||
Levels 0-2: Only the larest planning applications are visible at this level
Levels 0-3: Planning applications aggregated at Borough level
Levels 4-8: Planning applications aggregated at Ward level
What is a planning permission?
Most new buildings and major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent from the local authority via a planning permission. Each application for planning permission is made to the local planning authority for the area who will decide if it is acceptable in relation to local and national planning policies. Further information on when planning permission is required can be found on the UK Government's Planning Portal website.
The permission status refers to the progress made on implementing the permission. Three permission statuses can be selected.
The use class is a planning term that describes categories of use for a building. It is possible to move to a different use within the same Use Class without requiring planning permission, but if the existing and proposed uses fall within different classes, then permission is required. For example changing from one type of retail shop to another will generally not require planning permission, whereas changing from a shop to a restaurant would. When a planning permission is granted, it will be within a specified use class. Many of the development descriptions for the planning permission will include the use class category rather than referring to the specific use. The use classes can be briefly summarised as follows: