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The Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2004 has now been superseded.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

We are now consulting on the draft River Corridors Improvement Plan SPD. Please comment on the draft document by 30 April 2015. 

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 on or after 1 April 2014.

Please see the planning obligations SPD page for further information.

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

Development management local plan

We adopted the Development management local plan on 26 November. For further information and to view a copy of the plan visit the Development Management web page.

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

Grove Park neighbourhood planning applications

The Mayor of Lewisham has approved the designation of the Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum and Area.

Please see the neighbourhood planning page for further information. ​​

​Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park neighbourhood planning applications

The Mayor of Lewisham has approved the designation of the Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum and Area.

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.  

Catford town centre plan

The Catford Plan was withdrawn from Examination on Thursday 19 December 2013. For more information see the Catford town centre local plan page.

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.

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.  ​​​​​



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