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What is the new London Plan?

The London Plan is one of the most important documents for this city.

It's a strategic plan which shapes how London evolves and develops. All planning decisions should follow London Plan policies, and it sets a policy framework for local plans across London.

The current 2016 consolidation Plan is still the adopted Development Plan. However the Draft London Plan is a material consideration in planning decisions.  It gains more weight as it moves through the process to adoption, however the weight given to it is a matter for the decision maker.

Consultation on the draft London Plan

Consultation on this plan is open. All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018. Comments will be publicly available. After the consultation, comments are reviewed by an inspector and you may be called in to discuss comments at the Examination in Public.

What is an Examination in Public?

At the end of the consultation period your comments will be reviewed by the independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the Examination in Public for the London Plan. 

You may be invited to discuss your comments at the Examination in Public. All comments will be made available to the public at the end of the consultation period. The legal provisions for the London Plan are in Part VIII of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Act 1999 (as amended) in sections 334 to 341. The Examination in Public is covered in Section 338.

As this is a new system we will be making changes to make it easier to use. If you have any feedback please send to  [email protected]

New London Plan timeline


Stage Date

Informal consultation

October to December 2016

Draft new London Plan published

 29 November

Draft London Plan consultation

1 December 2017 – 2 March 2018

Examination in Public (EiP)

Autumn 2018

Publish final London Plan

Autumn 2019

What should I do if I have a question about the draft plan?

You can send any questions to [email protected]