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 (should any be adopted).

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

New Local Plan

We are at an advanced stage of developing a new Local Plan, which has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. For further details, including our current pre-submission consultation, please visit our new Local Plan webpage.

The policies we use to decide planning applications:

Local Plan (previously Local Development Framework) – guides and manages development in the borough. The Local Plan comprises the Core Strategy and the MDD.

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

Supplementary guidance – provides further detail to policies in the Local Plan.

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).

For further information on emerging policy documents and updates, view the What’s new? page.

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.