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What is the new London Plan?

The London Plan

The London Plan is the statutory Spatial Development Strategy for Greater London prepared by the Mayor of London (“the Mayor”) in accordance with the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) (“the GLA Act”) and associated regulations.

The legislation requires the London Plan to include the Mayor’s general policies in respect of the development and use of land in Greater London and statements dealing with general spatial development aspects of his other strategies. The Mayor is required to have regard to the need to ensure that the London Plan is consistent with national policies . When published in its final form the Plan will comprise part of the statutory development plan for Greater London.

The current 2016 Plan (The London Plan consolidated with alterations since 2011) is still the adopted Development Plan, but the Draft London Plan is a material consideration in planning decisions. The significance given to it is a matter for the decision maker, but it gains more weight as it moves through the process to adoption.

Information about the Mayor’s planning functions, including the preparation and content of the London Plan, is set out in the London Planning Statement Supplementary Planning Guidance published in May 2014.

A draft new London Plan was published by the Mayor for consultation in December 2017. The consultation period ended on Friday 2 March. Greater London Authority officers are currently registering all representations received and preparing a report which will summarise the main issues.

In accordance with section 338(3) of the GLA Act, the Secretary of State has appointed a Panel to conduct an examination in public (“EIP”) of the London Plan. The Mayor may suggest changes to the draft London Plan in response to the representations received, issues and questions raised by the Panel, or discussions at the EIP.

The Panel

The Panel appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the EIP of the draft London Plan comprises Roisin Barrett, William Fieldhouse and David Smith. All three are Planning Inspectors and independent of the Mayor and Greater London Authority (“GLA”).

The role of the Panel is to determine the matters that affect the consideration of the London Plan (“matters”) and the persons who may take part in the EIP (“participants”), and to make a report in writing to the Mayor (as specified in the Town and Country Planning (London Spatial Development Strategy) Regulations 2000)

The Panel Secretariat

The Panel Secretary is Carmel Edwards and the Panel Assistant is Jinder Ubhi.

The Panel Secretary and Assistant are independent of the Mayor and GLA and are acting as officers under the direction of the Panel. They are responsible for recording and circulating all material, maintaining the EIP library and website, and organising the EIP sessions. They will act as a channel of communication between the Panel and all parties, including the Mayor, GLA officers and representors.

Any queries about the EIP should be raised with the Panel Secretary or Assistant who will provide guidance and advice, having liaised with the Panel and/or GLA if necessary.

The Examination in Public

Copies of all representations about the London Plan published in December 2017 that were received by 2 March 2018 will be submitted to the Panel along with a summary of the main issues raised. The Panel will have regard to these and consult with the Mayor before preparing a draft list of matters and participants that will be published for consultation not later than 12 weeks before the opening of the EIP. The Panel will consider any representations about the draft list of matters and participants made within 28 days, and consult the Mayor, before finalising the list of matters and participants. The final list will be published at least 6 weeks before the EiP opens.

Written statements may be made on the matters to be examined both by those invited to participate in the EIP and others. Statements must be received by the Panel Secretariat at least 3 weeks before the opening of the examination. No written material submitted after the deadline, including at the EIP sessions, will normally be accepted unless this has been specifically requested by the Panel.

The Panel may hold seminars relating to a limited number of technical matters prior to the first EIP sessions. The purpose of these would be to clarify the supporting evidence and establish matters of fact in order to reduce the scope of the matters that need to be considered at the EIP. Any such seminars would be held before the deadline for submission of written statements.

All EIP sessions will be open to the public to observe and are expected to be held in City Hall. They will take the form of structured discussions led by one or more of the Panel members relating to the defined matters. All participants will be expected to have read all the relevant statements and evidence. There will be no formal presentations or reading out of prepared statements (other than by the Mayor on the opening day). The Panel will adopt an inquisitorial approach, exploring each matter thoroughly. All participants will have the opportunity to speak, but all contributions most focus on the agenda set by the Panel.

Read more about the Examination in Public here.

The Panel's Report

The Panel’s written report will set out its findings in relation to the EIP matters and may include recommendations relating to the content of the draft London Plan published in December 2017 or associated matters. The Panel will take account of the written statements, the discussions at the EIP, and any changes to the draft Plan suggested by the Mayor. However, the report will not respond to all representations made about the draft Plan.

The Mayor may not publish the London Plan until after he has received the Panel report. The London Plan to be published by the Mayor may be in the form of the December 2017 draft or as modified to take account of the representations made about it, any direction by the Secretary of State, the Panel report, or any other material considerations. If the Mayor proposes not to accept any recommendation contained in the Panel report he must publish and send to the Secretary of State a statement of his reasons.

Provisional Timetable


Stage Date

Informal consultation

October to December 2016

Draft new London Plan published

 29 November 2017

Draft London Plan consultation

1 December 2017 – 2 March 2018

Examination in Public (EiP)

November 2018 - March 2019

Publish final London Plan

Winter 2019/20