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 neighbourhoodplanning@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

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

Two referendums on the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan were held on 11 November 2021 – one for residents and one for businesses.

The residential referendum voted in favour of the neighbourhood plan, the business referendum voted against.

The council is now required to take a decision on whether to adopt the neighbourhood plan, and updates on this decision will be provided in due course.

More information on the neighbourhood plan can be found on the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Planning Page and on the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan Referendum page.

Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan

On 24 November 2021, the Mayor in Cabinet confirmed that the submitted Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan met the legal requirements to proceed to Regulation 16 consultation.

Consultation is taking place between the 6 December 2021 and the 31 January 2022. More information and the relevant consultation documents can be found on the Roman Road Bow page.

Please send any responses to neighbourhoodplanning@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Following the completion of the Regulation 16 consultation, the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan will undergo examination, carried out by an independent examiner. 

Current consultations

Consultation on the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan is taking place from 6 December 2021 to 31 January 2022.

More details and links to the relevant consultation documents can be found on the Roman Road Bow page.

Any comments or responses should be sent to neighbourhoodplanning@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

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.