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 consulting on an application to modify the boundary of the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Planning Area.

Please note that if the modified area is designated, no other Neighbourhood Planning Area can overlap with the East Shoreditch Area until the designation is replaced or further modified.

A six week consultation period is taking place from 14 March 2019 to 24 April 2019.

Find out more about this application

Prospective neighbourhood planning forums and areas

There are currently no prospective neighbourhood planning forums or areas.

Prospective neighbourhood plans

There are currently no 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.