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.

Draft London Plan - Next Stages

Fact Check of Report – Sept 19

Mayor to receive official Panel Report (TBC) – upto 8 weeks in which to publish

Intend to Publish version of the Plan to Secretary of State – 6 weeks

Lay beyond London Assembly – 3 weeks

Publish final London Plan – Feb/March 2020

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