Planning guidance

Tower Hamlets planning policy

The council’s planning guidance consists of a series of documents that provide a positive approach to managing development by helping to assess planning applications and create a more vibrant, sustainable community to improve quality of life for all.

The Development Plan for Tower Hamlets is comprised of the London Plan (produced by the Mayor of London), Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans (should any be adopted).

The Development Plan is also influenced by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out strategic policies for development and growth within England.

New Local Plan

The council is at an early stage of developing a new Local plan. For further details on progress and any forthcoming consultations, please visit our new Local Plan webpage.

Removal of previous planning documents

Following the adoption of the Managing Development Document MDD, the retained policies of the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and Interim Planning Guidance (IPG) documents (Core Strategy and Development Control Policies, City Fringe Area Action Plan, Isle of Dogs Area Action Plan and Leaside Area Action Plan), alongside their proposals map, have been formally removed from the council's Development Plan. The UDP and IPGs no longer have any weighting in determining planning applications.

Other supplementary and interim policy documents have been retained if they supplement the Local Plan and are referenced in the Core Strategy and MDD.

For further information on emerging policy documents and updates, view the What’s new? page.LBTH Planning guidance

Local Plan (previously Local Development Framework) – guides and manages development in the borough. The Local Plan comprises the Core Strategy and the MDD.

Neighbourhood Planning – enables the community to guide development in their local area through neighbourhood forums and Neighbourhood Plan documents.

Supplementary Guidance – provides further detail to policies in the Local Plan.

Consultation and Engagement – informs local people and organisations how they can get involved in planning applications and emerging policy documents.

Monitoring and Programme Reporting –provides further detail on the performance of council policies, deliverable housing sites and a project plan for emerging documents, through an annual monitoring report, Five Year Supply of Deliverable Housing Sites and Local Development Scheme (LDS).

London Legacy Development Corporation

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) came into being on April 1, 2012. From October 1, 2012 the LLDC became the Local Planning Authority for the Olympic Park and surrounding neighbourhoods, which includes Bromley-by-Bow and Fish Island. The LDDC functions and responsibilities include those related to plan making and decision making. The Core Strategy, Fish Island AAP and Bromley-by-Bow Masterplan form part of LLDC Local Plan, until they prepare their own for the area.