Consultation and engagement

Planning consultation – have your say

Consultation with local residents, businesses and stakeholders is at the heart of the planning process. Not only can you comment on planning documents such as the new Local Plan, you also have the opportunity to comment on individual planning applications

If you or a group you represent are interested in planning issues in Tower Hamlets and would like to be informed of planning policy changes that affect your area, please email This will enable us to keep you up to date with events and consultations that you can get involved with. You will be able to comment directly on consultation documents as well as take part in online surveys and forums.

Full details of how you can get involved in planning decisions that affect your local area are explained in the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement.

Current Consultations

Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF)

The government requires that between 15 per cent and 25 per cent (depending on circumstances) of the CIL collected be allocated as the 'neighbourhood portion', to be spent on infrastructure priorities following consultation with local communities where development is taking place. Under the government regulations relating to CIL, it is advised that the percentage be set at 15 per cent for the entire borough. However, in Tower Hamlets, we want to give local people a greater say in priorities and proposals for spending on local infrastructure. The Mayor has therefore decided that in all circumstances for the entire borough 25 per cent of the CIL money will be allocated to the neighbourhood portion.

The Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF) is the term that Tower Hamlets is using for the neighbourhood portion of CIL. In accordance CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended), as a charging authority, the council is required to consult residents on the allocation of CIL funding at a neighbourhood level.

In order to be able to better understand local infrastructure priorities and projects, the council will be engaging with local people between 27 June 2017 to 8 July 2017.

The purpose of this approach is to inform and evidence how CIL funding is allocated to ensure infrastructure needs are met in the different localities of the borough. To have your say, please visit the LIF consultation page.

Driffield Road and Medway Conservation Areas

The council is considering taking a more permissive approach to mansard roof extensions within the Driffield Road and Medway conservation areas. To enable this to happen the council must find ways to mitigate any harm that would be caused to the historic environment. When the matter was considered by cabinet on the 6 December 2016, the Mayor took the decision to explore measures that will help to ensure that proposals for mansard roof extensions also deliver sufficient public benefit to outweigh this harm. The current consultation sets out detailed guidance regarding possible façade improvements and public realm enhancements and includes measures for the delivery of these enhancements. These proposals are being consulted on from 7 April to 14 May 2017.  

Tree Preservation Order 2017/2  - Printers Mews, London E3 5NZ

On the 22 June 2017 seven trees (2 Cherry Trees, 2 Pear Trees, 2 Rowan Trees and 1 Alder) situated in the courtyard of Printers Mews, London E3 5 NZ were protected by an interim Tree Protection Order under the powers conferred to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

There is now a period of 28 days in which to make representations / comment on this designation to the Council.   

For more information please see below:

Previous consultations

Draft Local Plan and Draft Statement of Community Involvement Refresh

The Council recently consulted on the Draft Local Plan “Tower Hamlets 2031: Managing Growth and Sharing the Benefits” and the Draft Statement of Community Involvement Refresh. The consultation period is now closed but was held between Friday 11 November 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017.

To view the previous consultation documents, please visit the  new Local Plan and Statement of Community Involvement pages.

Proposed Tree Preservation Order 2017/1  - Land to the rear of 69-72  Cadogan Terrace

On the 28th February 2017 an interim tree preservation order (TPO) was placed on trees of all species, and including 11 Sycamore and 3 Elder on land to the rear of 69-72 Cadogan Terrace. This was to enable the trees be protected by a Tree Protection Order under the powers conferred to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The council provided a 28 day notice period ( now expired)  for receiving representations / comments .

For more information please see below:

Compulsory Purchase Order

Burdett Estate Regeneration

 Bow Bridge CPO

Tree Preservation Order 2016/1  - Park West, Park Central and Park East Buildings Fairfield Road, London E3 2UR

On the 23 June 2016 an interim tree preservation order (TPO) was placed on Fifteen London Plane trees, in the car park / forecourt of the Park West, Park Central and Park East Buildings, Fairfield Road, London E3 2UR. This enabled the trees be protected by a Tree Protection Order under the powers conferred to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

London Wide Strategic Housing Land availability assessment (SHLAA) – Call for sites:

The Greater London Authority (GLA), in partnership with London boroughs, undertook a study to assess the potential land capacity for future housing - the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). This assessment of housing capacity was to assist in forming housing policies and targets in the next London Plan as well as local planning policies.

As part of this study the GLA issued a ‘Call for Sites’ where organisations and individuals could submit potential housing sites for consideration; only sites over 0.25 hectares would be assessed. The deadline for submission of sites was 30 June 2016. For information and for progress updates, please visit the GLA’s website.

Neighbourhood planning consultations

Details of any Neighbourhood Planning consultations can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Planning page.   

Duty to co-operate

Local planning authorities have a new duty to co-operate on the planning of sustainable development. This duty, under Section 110 of the Localism Act (2011),  applies to strategic planning matters such as housing and employment growth, retail and leisure provision, community and physical infrastructure through activities such as the preparation of local development documents.

Councils and public bodies need to ‘engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to develop strategic policies’. This means consulting with neighbouring boroughs and appropriate public bodies on the council’s own documents, as well as engaging with other bodies on strategic planning issues of common concern.

The council demonstrates its ‘duty to co-operate’ through the annual monitoring report, which can be viewed on the monitoring and programme reporting page.

What could we be doing better?

When exploring key planning matters, although we strive to undertake consultation that is inclusive of all communities within Tower Hamlets, we know that we can always improve. If you think we could do better, let us know how by contacting us on the details below.

We have produced a short, animated film to make it easier than ever for residents to understand how they can have their say on local planning issues and get involved in consultation activities.

The film is available in English and Bengali, or with subtitles.

It can also be viewed by visiting our YouTube channel.