The Lambeth Local Plan 2015 was adopted on 23 September 2015.

We expect lots of growth in Lambeth over the next 15 years and the updated Local Plan will guide development. It sets out how we can improve the quality of the local environment, as well as the quality of people's lives.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Lambeth Local Plan 2015

The Lambeth Local Plan 2015 is a concise, all-in-one plan setting out the vision, strategic objectives and policies for development in Lambeth over 15 years. The Plan covers housing, jobs, town centres, infrastructure (such as health facilities and schools), transport, environment, historic buildings and the quality of the built environment. Together with the Mayor’s London Plan it forms the statutory development plan for the borough.

The Local Plan replaces the previous plans for the borough, which were the Core Strategy 2011 and Saved UDP policies. These plans can be seen on our archive page.

The Local Plan was examined by an independent planning inspector. The examination concluded on 11 August 2015 when the Inspector issued her final Inspector’s Report and modifications. The Inspector found the Lambeth Local Plan to be sound and legally compliant, subject to incorporating the main modifications set out in her report. The council made all main modifications to the Local Plan as recommended by the Inspector, as well as all additional modifications, and the Plan was adopted on 23 September 2015.

The policies of the Local Plan were drawn up in the light of an extensive evidence base of research and studies. These can be found on the evidence base page.

2. Local Plan Policies Map

The Policies Map 2015 which accompanies the Lambeth Local Plan is currently affected by a technical issue. We are working to resolve this, but in the meantime, the data can be viewed via Lambeth’s Open Mapping Data portal.

3. Local Plan Review

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 published 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
Autumn 2018 Consultation on revised Local Plan wording
Spring 2019 Publication of Proposed Submission version
Summer 2019 Submission for Independent Examination
Autumn 2019 Examination
Spring 2020 Adoption of updated Local Plan
Ongoing Sustainability appraisal

Issues Consultation

Consultation on the issues for the partial review of the Local Plan took place from 9 October to 4 December 2017. 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 this year. We have produced several evidence documents to support the review, which are all available to view.