Planning policy and guidance

The council’s planning guidance consists of a series of documents that provide a positive approach to managing development by helping to assess planning applications and create a more vibrant, sustainable community to improve quality of life for all.

The Development Plan for Tower Hamlets is comprised of the London Plan (produced by the Mayor of London), Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans (currently, none are adopted – but the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan holds significant weight while a referendum on the plan is postponed).

The Development Plan is also influenced by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out strategic policies for development and growth within England.

The policies we use to decide planning applications

Local Plan  – guides and manages development in the borough.

Neighbourhood planning – enables the community to guide development in their local area through neighbourhood forums and neighbourhood plan documents.

Monitoring and programme reporting – provides further detail on the performance of council policies, deliverable housing sites and a project plan for emerging documents, through an annual monitoring report, Five Year Supply of Deliverable Housing Sites and Local Development Scheme (LDS).

Upcoming projects

Leaside Area Action Plan

A second consultation on the draft Area Action Plan for the Leaside area of the borough will run between 29 November 2021 and 4 February 2022.

Details of the consultation, including a copy of the consultation document and instructions on how to respond, can be found on the Lets Talk consultation page.

A number of evidence base documents have been produced as part of the AAP process, and are available to download.

London Legacy Development Corporation

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) came into being on 1 April 2012. It is the local planning authority for the Olympic Park and surrounding neighbourhoods including Bromley-by-Bow and Fish Island. Please see the LLDC website for details of their Local Plan and other planning guidance within their boundary.

Further information

You can email the team at or talk to us by phoning 020 7364 5000. 

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