Local Plan Responses – within and outside London

London Borough Local Plan consultations

The London boroughs are responsible for preparing Local Plans (previously called Local Development Frameworks) for their own areas, but must ensure that they conform generally to the Mayor's London Plan. A Local Plan can be a single document or consist of a number of different documents such as a Core Strategies, Site Allocations Policies and Area Action Plans). In addition to these development plan documents a borough may produce other documents to support the implementation of its Local Plan, for example Supplementary Planning Documents.

London boroughs consult the Mayor at different stages in the production of Local Plan documents and for other documents related to the borough’s Local Plan. The Mayor’s response to these consultations will depend on the strategic planning issues raised by the consultation document.

When a borough publishes a proposed submission development plan document, it is required to requests the Mayor’s formal opinion on whether the local plan is in general conformity with the London Plan. The Mayor gives an opinion on general conformity with the London Plan within 6 week from the date of the request is made.

The Mayor’s response letters to Local Plan consultations can be found by using the planning application search function and by setting the search criteria for ‘Local Plans’ in the ‘Scheme/site name’ search field.  

Neighbourhood Plan consultations in London

Neighbourhood Plans (formally called neighbourhood development plans) gives communities the ability to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development of their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority. In London it is generally a neighbourhood forum that leads on the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plans with the assistance of the local planning authority.

Neighbourhood Plans in London have to be in general conformity with the London Plan and are also required to be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the Local Plan. The Mayor is a statutory consultation body for Neighbourhood Plans in London and he is consulted at the pre-submission stage of a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Mayor’s response letters to neighbourhood plans can be found by using the planning application search function and by setting the search criteria for ‘Local Plans’ in the ‘Scheme/site name’ search field.

Responses by the Mayor to Local Plans outside London

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new ‘duty to co-operate’ on planning authorities as part of the process of preparing development plans and associated documents. The Mayor is required to co-operate with other Local Authorities in the preparation of their plans. This includes not just the London Boroughs, but also planning authorities beyond London. The Mayor receives consultation and engagement requests from planning authorities outside London. The Mayor’s responds to matters of strategic importance to London, for example strategic policies for housing, employment and infrastructure. The Mayor’s involvement is most effective at an early stage in the plan making process.

Under his Duty to Co-operate (DTC) with planning authorities outside London, he has responded to strategic matters of emerging plans. The Mayor’s responses are available via the planning application search function and by setting the search criteria for ‘Local Plans’ in the ‘Scheme/site name’ search field. Please note that Transport for London responds separately to these consultation requests.

National Planning Policy Guidance states that ‘cooperation between the Mayor, boroughs and local planning authorities bordering London will be vital to ensure that important strategic issues, such as housing delivery and economic growth, are planned effectively’. The Mayor supports and encourages this through his planning activities (see Mayor’s engagement with the wider south east – in particular Mayor’s duties to consult and inform).

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