Planning policy

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.

In this section​ ​

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The Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2004 has now been superseded.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

River Corridors Improvement Plan Supplementary Planning Document

Consultation on this document closed on 30 April 2015 and we are now considering issues raised in submissions.

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

​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. 

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 General Enquiries
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Laurence House
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