Neighbourhood planning

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning enables interested local communities to help directly shape and promote development in their area. It is a community-led process which is able to receive technical and administrative support from the council.

Further information and guidance is available if you are interested in establishing a neighbourhood planning forum and / or having an areas designated as a neighbourhood area.

If you have any questions about neighbourhood planning that are not answered by these pages, please contact the Plan Making Team at

Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan

A referendum on the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan took place on 6 May 2021. The result was 86 per cent in favour of the neighbourhood plan, on a turnout of 38 per cent.

On 19 May 2021, the council agreed to formally adopt the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan, and the neighbourhood plan will now be used to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

A copy of the neighbourhood plan and related documents can be found on the Isle of Dogs page.

Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan

On 9 August 2021, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets made a decision to send the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan to referendum.

Two referendums will be held, one for local residents and one for local businesses. Both referendums will be held on Thursday 11 November 2021.

More information can be found on the Spitalfields Page.

Current consultations

There are no neighbourhood planning consultations currently taking place.

Established neighbourhood planning forums and areas

The following areas have been designated as neighbourhood areas and have designated neighbourhood forums:

  • Spitalfields (business area) (forum designated 5 April 2016, re-designated 5 April 2021)
  • Roman Road Bow (forum designated 16 August 2017)
  • Poplar (forum designated 31 October 2018)

The following areas have been designated as neighbourhood areas but have no designated forum at the current time:

  • Wapping (forum application refused 5 February 2014)
  • East Shoreditch (forum expired 5 February 2019)
  • Limehouse (forum expired 1 December 2020)
  • Isle of Dogs (forum expired 5 April 2021 - note, this does not affect the status of the adopted neighbourhood plan)

You can see a map of neighbourhood areas in Tower Hamlets.