Planning policy

Planning policy aims to ensure that development and changes in land use occur in suitable locations, are sustainable and provide protection from inappropriate development in the long term public interest.

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Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires planning decisions to be made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The development plan in the borough is the London Plan, the Lewisham Core Strategy, the Site Allocations Local Plan, the Lewisham Town Centre Local Plan and the Development Management Local Plan.

The Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2004 has now been superseded.

What's new

Lewisham Local Plan – Consultation on main issues

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan for Lewisham. This first informal stage of public consultation will start on 9th October 2015 and end on 20th November 2015. Please see the new Local Plan web page​ for further information and the documents associated with the consultation. 

Copies of these documents are available at the Planning Information Office in Catford Library, Ground Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU (opening hours Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm) and also for reference at all libraries in the borough (for opening hours click this link - library opening hours).

River Corridors Improvement Plan Supplementary Planning Document

Consultation on this document closed on 30 April 2015 and the Council is now considering issues raised in submissions.

Please see the river corridors improvement plan SPD page for further information.​

Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document and Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council approved the Planning Obligations SPD and CIL charging schedule on 25 February 2015 and both apply from 1 April 2015. Lewisham’s CIL applies to CIL liable developments granted permission on or after 1 April 2015.

Please see the planning obligations SPD page for further information.

Please see the Community Infrastructure Levy page for further information.​ 

Our response to the Mayor of London's 'London Infrastructure Plan 2050'

We responded to the Mayor of London's consultation on London's infrastructure needs over the period to 2050. The two reports below form our response to the consultation.

London Infrastructure Plan Mayor and Cabinet

London Infrastructure Plan Overview and Scrutiny

​Applications to establish neighbourhood planning forums

The Mayor of Lewisham has approved the establishment of neighbourhood forums for Crofton Park, Grove Park, Honor Oak Park and for the Corbett estate in Catford.

Please see the neighbourhood planning page for further information. 

Lewisham town centre local plan

We adopted the Lewisham town centre local plan on the 26 February 2014.

Please see the main Lewisham town centre local plan page for full information.  

Thames Tunnel

You can read our responses to the Thames Tideway Tunnel proposals on our dedicated Thames Tunnel web page.

Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Plan

The Ravensbourne Catchment is made up of the Rivers Pool, Quaggy and Ravensbourne that flow across the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon. 

A plan is now being developed to look at new ways to improve the rivers. One aim is to get more local people involved and help understanding of local rivers. 

To learn more and help create a Plan please visit the Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Plan web page and fill in the questionnaire.

Call For Sites

The Council is presently undertaking investigations to identify a supply of sites to meet the borough’s housing needs until 2033. Whilst it is aware of a large number of likely and possible sites, it is seeking community input by way of advice on other possible sites.

Any sites nominated will be assessed for suitability and viability. The call for sites ends on 30 June, and nominations and inquiries can be directed to .

Latest draft amendments to the London Plan

Following the coming into operation in March of the Further Alterations to the London Plan, two sets of further draft amendments have been published for community consultation. These amendments relate to housing standards and carparking standards in the London Plan.

Comments will be accepted  by the GLA until 5pm on 22 June 2015. For more information about the proposed changes please see the page.

Permitted development rights for change of use from commercial to residential

Earlier this year the Government consulted on permitted development rights for change of use from B1(a) office to C3 residential purposes. Local Authorities had the opportunity to request an exemption for particular parts of the borough and our request is available below.

Our application for exemption was unsuccessful and a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government outlining the assessment and results is available below.  ​​​​​​​​



Planning Information Service
Third Floor
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
020 8314 7400


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