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.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced as a new formal layer to the planning system by the Localism Act and amends the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The guidance in the act is supplemented by the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations and the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations to provide further guidance. 

The National Planning Policy Framework also provides some strategic guidance for Neighbourhood planning.

Current consultations

The council is currently consulting on the draft Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16 Consultation).

The consultation will be carried out from 11 January 2018 and finish at 5pm on 22 of February 2018.

View the consultation documents to find out more.

Prospective neighbourhood planning forums and areas

The council is currently considering the application received from The Poplar regen alliance to establish a Neighbourhood Planning Area in the wider Poplar area.

A six-week consultation period took place from 9 November 2017 to 21 December 2017.

Find out more

Established neighbourhood planning forums and areas

The following areas have been designated as neighbourhood areas:

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

The following forums have been designated as neighbourhood forums:

Setting up a neighbourhood forum and area

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.