Neighbourhoods & Planning

Neighbourhoods & Planning

Planning involves both control of existing and new development, and "strategic planning" to ensure our resources are carefully managed to match our future needs and expectations.

Planning is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving in response to changes within the community.

Planning is key to developing strategies and to the shape and design the communities in which we live, work and play. Balancing the built and natural environment, community needs, cultural significance, and economic sustainability, planners aim to improve our quality of life and create vibrant communities.

Local Policy

A local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where. Adopted local plans provide the framework for development across England. Find out more about the Local Plans, the  examination process and the role the Planning Inspectorate plays here.

A new Southwark Plan is currently under development. The local plan is a set of borough-wide planning policy documents that contain:

  • the regeneration strategy for the borough
  • policies that are used to make decisions on planning applications
  • key development sites with land use and urban design requirements
  • visions for the each of the borough’s unique neighbourhoods

You can view all of the latest documents for the Southwark Plan here.

The Southwark CAN website has more on local planning matters and how you can get involved.

National Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. This covers all national planning issues, such as planning for housing, shops, offices and good design.

The policy section of the Planning Portal provides access to the chief planning legislation produced by the Government as well as other planning related documents and reports.

A link to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 can be found here.