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.

Neighbourhood Plans in Tower Hamlets

On 12 May 2020, the Mayor agreed that the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan should be sent to referendum.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this referendum is currently postponed, and appropriate notice will be given once a date for the referendum has been formally set.

In the interim, under national planning policy guidance, the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan is considered to hold significant weight in planning decisions in the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Area.

More information about the neighbourhood plan can be found on the Isle of Dogs page.

Current consultations

There are currently no neighbourhood planning consultations.

Prospective neighbourhood planning forums and areas

There are currently no prospective neighbourhood planning forums or areas being considered.

Prospective neighbourhood plans

Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan

The Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan is currently undergoing a Regulation 14 consultation, organised by the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Forum. This consultation is running between 20 July and 14 September 2020. More information can be found on the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Forum website.

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.