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The Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2004 has now been superseded.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

Changes to the setting of technical standards for new housing.

Changes have been made to national planning policy, including the setting of technical standards for energy, water efficiency, internal space and accessibility standards. See the document below for information on how national and regional policy in this area are translated and applied within the context of the London Borough of Lewisham.

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.

​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.


Planning Information Office
Catford Library
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
020 8314 7400; 9am–1pm and 2–5pm, Monday–Friday.