Local Plan consultation opens

Mayor Biggs and Deputy London Mayor James Murray

The Local Plan sets out how the borough will grow and develop over the next 15 years. It outlines where new homes, jobs and services will be provided and how the character of the borough will be protected and enhanced.

As part of the approval process, the Local Plan was submitted to the government in February 2018. A government-appointed independent inspector held a number of examination hearings in September and October 2018. The council is now inviting public comments on proposed changes (known as main modifications) developed as a result of the hearings and which the inspector believes will make the Local Plan ‘sound’.

 John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "We are committed to delivering a plan for Tower Hamlets that meets our existing and emerging communities’ needs over the next 15 years. Residents and key stakeholders have given us some excellent food for thought to date which we have taken on board. They now have the opportunity to give further feedback into a document that will shape the future direction of our borough."

Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Air Quality added: "We are clear that this is a plan that is being developed together with and for our residents, businesses and key partners. With new policies on affordable workspace, estate regeneration, affordable housing and tall buildings, this plan has been written to manage local growth and share the benefits that reflect the needs of the borough."

All valid responses will be made publicly available online following the consultation. Personal details will be kept confidential.

At the end of the examination process, the inspector will publish a final report setting out recommendations on the way forward. If the inspector finds the plan sound and legally compliant, we will proceed to formally adopt it.

Further information on how to make comments can be found on the examination page or by emailing localplan@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 020 7364 5009. Late responses will not be considered.

Posted on Monday 25th March 2019