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.

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The Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2004 has now been superseded.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

Register your interest in self-build or custom-build homes in Lewisham.

Please see the Self-build and custom-build homes page for further information.

The London Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is commencing a new housing capacity study to inform the next London Plan. The study is known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and is undertaken in partnership with local planning authorities in London.

As part of this process the GLA is undertaking a Call for Sites, which runs from Tuesday 15 March 2016 to Thursday 30 June 2016.

The Call for Sites allows private, public and voluntary sector bodies and individuals to submit potential housing sites that are greater than 0.25 hectares for consideration as part of the London SHLAA.

Please note that the sites submitted to us during the Summer 2015 Call for Sites are currently being evaluated, as part of the Lewisham Local Plan SHLAA process. You may also submit these sites to the London SHLAA Call for Sites if you wish.

Further information on the London SHLAA Call for Sites is available on the GLA website.

​Applications to establish neighbourhood planning forums

In 2016, the Mayor of Lewisham approved the establishment of neighbourhood forums for Lee and Deptford Neighbourhood Action. This means that there are now five approved forums in Lewisham (Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park and Grove Park, which were approved in 2014 and the Corbett Estate, which was approved in 2015). Please see the neighbourhood planning page for further information.


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