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Local Plan 2031: Examination

Submission of the plan to the secretary of state

On Wednesday 28 February 2018, the Tower Hamlets Local Plan was submitted to the secretary of state to undergo an examination in public. This followed a six-week period of consultation on the draft plan which ran from 2 October to 13 November 2017.  

Copies of all the representations from this consultation have also been submitted to the secretary of state and can be viewed from the consultation portal.

Hard copies of the plan can be viewed at the following locations during normal opening hours.

  • Town Hall (reception), Mulberry Place, Clove Crescent, E14 2BG
  • Idea Store Bow: 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES
  • Idea Store Canary Wharf: Churchill Place, E14 5RB
  • Idea Store Chrisp Street: 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, E14 6BT
  • Idea Store Whitechapel: 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU
  • Idea Store Watney Market: 260 Commercial Road, E1 2FB
  • Bethnal Green Library: Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0HL
  • Cubitt Town Library: Strattondale Street, E14 3HG
  • Local History & Archives Library: 277 Bancroft Road, E1 4DQ

The key submission documents are:

All additional submission documents can be viewed via the examination library.

Independent examination

This is the final stage in the process of preparing a plan. The purpose of the independent examination is to test the content of the plan (soundness) and the way in which it has been prepared (legal compliance).

To be sound, the plan must be:

  • positively prepared (i.e. seeking to meet objectively assessed housing, jobs and infrastructure needs);
  • justified (i.e. the most appropriate strategy when considered against reasonable alternatives);
  • effective (i.e. deliverable over the plan period and based on effective cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
  • consistent with national policy (i.e. in terms of the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework).

The plan must also meet the legal requirements set out in the regulations: it has been prepared in accordance with our published timetable; we have appropriately consulted;  we have co-operated with others to address cross-boundary issues; we have carried out an appraisal of its potential effects; and it complies with European and national policy and legislation.

The government have appointed a planning inspector to examine the plan to ensure it meet the requirements and procedures set out in national policy and legislation. The appointed planning inspector is Christa Masters MA (Hons) MRTPI.

All correspondence or queries relating to the examination should be directed to the independent programme officer, who will organise the administration of the examination process.

Charlotte Glancy will fulfil this role. You can contact her at:  

C/O Banks Solutions
80 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1DD
Tel: 01903 776601
M: +447519 628064
Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

The Hearing Sessions


The examination hearing sessions on the Local Plan ran from Thursday 6th September to Friday 12 October 2018 at the Town Hall, Mulberry Place, Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BG.

We have now published a log of the responses to the Inspector’s questions and actions as raised in the examination hearings on matters 1 to 11. This is accompanied by a more detailed Post Heaing Clarification Document.  These documents are available to view here.

In early 2019, we will be consulting on the proposed changes (known as main modifications) which the Inspector considers are necessary to make the plan sound and legally compliant. 

The documents below were provided in advance of, and during, the hearings:



After the examination, the planning inspector will write a report setting out recommendations on what changes (known as modifications) are needed in order to make the plan sound.

Any major modifications will require a further round of public consultation (at least a 6-week period). The planning inspector will need to be satisfied that the proposed changes to the plan will comply with the requirements of government policy and legislation.

Once the report has been published the Local Plan will be formally adopted.