The planning system plays an important role in our lives. Effective land use is vital for the well being of the country. Planning is about delivering what people want: jobs, homes, lively city centres, better transport, and sensitive care for our historic buildings and the countryside.
More information on the national picture
We aim to deal with our planning responsibilities effectively and
efficiently in order to improve the living and working environments of
Londoners and to keep London competitive for business.
Consultation on Revised Protected Vista
The Government Office for London has begun a six-week consultation with key
stakeholders seeking their views on a set of draft directions covering
thirteen protected vistas proposed by the Mayor of London in the revised
London Views Management Framework. Please note that the consultation
period for making representations has now been extended until 5pm on
Wednesday 26th May. Click here to
view the documents.
Saved Policy Directions
Click here for
the Directions issued by the Secretary of State to London
Authorities relating to the extension of saved policies under Para 1 (3)
of Schedule 8 to the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
The letter accompanying each Direction explains the context of these
decisions in more detail.
The Planning Portal
The government's one-stop-shop for planning information and services
online. The Planning Portal allows users to learn about the planning
system, apply for planning permission online, find out about local
development plans, appeal against a decision and research the latest
government policy. Please see the link below.
Connecting councillors with strategic planning
applications: a good practice guide for London
As planning applications become more complicated, it is critical that
councillors become involved in them at an early stage. Greater certainty
and clarity in decision making benefits all, applicants, boroughs and
communities. This guidance brings together those practices in London
considered to be working well. It is aimed primarily at borough heads of
planning, solicitors and relevant councillors and is designed to help
boroughs increase the role of councillors prior to formal decision making.
To access this resource, please use the link at the bottom of this page.