We are consulting on a partial review of the Local Plan 2015.

Lambeth is a great place to live, work and invest because of its location, its people, its character and assets. Building more housing, increasing the number of businesses and employment opportunities and improving air quality and transport in the borough will improve opportunities for local residents.

Our existing Local Plan, adopted in 2015, contains a strong vision for the development of the borough to improve opportunities for local people. It sets the planning policies for the borough and much of it is still up to date and effective. However, changes to national planning law and policy, a full review of the London Plan and changes in Lambeth mean parts of our Local Plan need to be reviewed. We also need to ensure we meet our borough-wide priorities of inclusive growth, reduced inequality and strong and sustainable communities.

Our updated Lambeth Local Plan, together with the Mayor of London’s London Plan and neighbourhood plans, will set out the vision and robust planning policies needed to direct and guide development in the borough over the next 15 years to meet our future needs.

Review Timetable

There is a legal process for the partial review of the Local Plan which includes consultation on key issues and on proposed new wording. The reviewed Plan also needs to be examined by an independent planning inspector against four nationally-set tests of soundness. If the inspector is satisfied with the updated Plan, the council can adopt it.

We have to develop a sustainability appraisal of the Plan as it goes through the partial review process to check it is meeting key social, economic and environmental objectives. This will include assessing impacts on equality and on health and wellbeing. The sustainability appraisal will also undergo examination.

The Mayor of London is expected to publish a new draft London Plan in November 2017, which will be examined during 2018 for final publication in 2019. Our Local Plan Review will run just behind this timetable so we can make sure our updated policies are consistent with those in the new London Plan.

We are at the beginning of this process, which will take about two years to complete.

When Stage
Autumn 2017 Consultation on issues for the partial review
Summer 2018 Consultation on revised Local Plan wording
Early 2019 Publication of Proposed Submission version
Spring 2019 Submission for Independent Examination
Spring to Autumn 2019 Examination
Early 2020 Adoption of updated Local Plan
Ongoing Sustainability appraisal

How to respond

This consultation is your chance to tell us what you think are the issues for the partial review of the Local Plan and how you think they should be tackled.

We are seeking your views for a period of eight weeks from 9 October to 4 December 2017.

We have created separate online surveys that focus on ten key topics we think need to be considered through the partial review. You can respond to some or all of the topics that interest you by clicking on the separate links below. If you think other aspects of the existing Local Plan need to be changed, please use the link to the general comments survey. The final link is for comments about the sustainability appraisal.

If you need help getting online, local library staff can assist. If you prefer not to use the surveys, you can send us your comments:

By email: localplan@lambeth.gov.uk

By post: Planning Strategy and Policy Team, London Borough of Lambeth, 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL

Next steps

Your views will help us consider how to revise the wording of the existing Local Plan and we will publish the revised Draft Lambeth Local Plan for consultation next year. We will be shortly consulting on draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) about basement development and developer contributions towards employment and training. We will use the feedback from these consultations to consider any changes to Local Plan wording on those topics as well.

More information

We have also produced several evidence documents to support the review. The surveys include links to some of them and you can see them all together here.

Consultation surveys

Housing growth and infrastructure

Housing growth and infrastructure

Our updated Local Plan needs to plan adequately for housing growth and infrastructure in Lambeth.
Complete the housing growth and infrastructure survey

Affordable housing

Affordable housing

Our updated Local Plan needs policies to ensure developers provide the right type of affordable housing to meet local need.
Complete the affordable housing survey.

Self-build and custom-build housing

Self-build and custom-build housing

Our updated Local Plan must consider how best to meet the needs of people wishing to build their own homes.
Complete the self-build and custom-build housing survey.

Housing for older people

Housing for older people

Our new Local Plan must guide development of the right types of housing to meet the particular needs of older people in Lambeth.
Complete the housing and older people survey.

Business and jobs

Business and jobs

Our updated Local Plan needs to ensure Lambeth has enough appropriate space to meet business needs, manage change and strike the right balance between jobs and housing.
Complete the business and jobs survey.

Hotels and visitor accommodation

Hotels and visitor accommodation

Our updated Local Plan needs to consider how much visitor accommodation Lambeth needs and where this should go.
Complete the hotels and visitor accommodation survey.

Town centres

Town centres

Our updated Local Plan needs to ensure that Lambeth’s town centres have the right mix of uses.
Complete the town centres survey.

Transport

Transport

Our updated Local Plan and our new Transport Strategy need to tackle traffic congestion and ensure residents and businesses have access to appropriate transport.
Complete the transport survey.

Improving air quality

Improving air quality

Our updated Local Plan needs to ensure development in Lambeth contributes to improving air quality.
Complete the air quality survey.

Waste

Waste

Our updated Local Plan needs to ensure Lambeth plays its part in managing London’s waste.
Complete the waste survey.

General comments

General comments

If there is any other aspect of the Lambeth Local Plan 2015 you think needs to be reviewed.
Complete the general comments survey.

Sustainability appraisal

Sustainability appraisal

The first round of Sustainability Appraisal assesses possible policy approaches against key social, economic and environmental objectives.
Complete the sustainability appraisal survey.