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

There are currently no consultations on  neighbourhood planning forums or areas.

Prospective neighbourhood planning forums and areas

The Council is currently considering on an application received from Poplar Regen Alliance to be designated as the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for the Poplar Neighbourhood Planning Area. Please note that if a designation is made, no other organisation can be designated as the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for the Poplar Neighbourhood Planning Area until that designation expires (five years from the date of designation) or is withdrawn.

A six week consultation period took place from 9 August 2018 to 20 September 2018.

Find out more about this application

Prospective neighbourhood plans

The council, in consultation with the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Forum, is appointing an independent examiner to undertake the examination of the draft Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan. Find out more about the prospective neighbourhood plans.

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.