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The Government Office for London acts on behalf of the Secretary of State on land use planning matters in London.

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 Directions

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.

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