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 and the South Bank and Waterloo neighbourhood 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 Local Plan 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 the final Inspector's 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 planning policy evidence base page.

2. Local Plan Policies Map

View the Policies Map 2015

3. Local Plan Review

Parts of our Local Plan need to be reviewed to address changes in national planning policy and the Mayor's review of London Plan. We also need to ensure we meet our updated Borough Plan priorities: enabling growth and development in the borough, using the benefits of growth to build community resilience, and making Lambeth a place where people want to live, work and invest.

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

There is a legal process for the partial review of the Local Plan which includes examination by an independent planning inspector against nationally-set tests of soundness. If the inspector is satisfied with the updated Plan, the council can adopt it. The timetable for the Local Plan Review can be found in the Local Development Scheme October 2019 document.

Issues Consultation 2017

An initial round of public consultation on issues for the partial review of the Local Plan took place from 9 October to 4 December 2017 under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Plans)(England) Regulations 2012.

We have produced an issues consultation report and issues consultation report appendices which summarise all of the responses received. We have also produced Local Plan Review issues consultation 2017 feedback summary sheets that set out how these responses were taken into account in formulating policies in the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan.

Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan October 2018

Consultation on the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan and Proposed Changes to the Policies Map took place between 22 October and 17 December 2018, also under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Plans)(England) Regulations. We have produced a Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan 2018 consultation report part one and a Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan 2018 consultation report part two, which list all of the responses received and sets out how these responses were taken into account in formulating policies in the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version January 2020.

Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version January 2020

Following approval by Lambeth Council, the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version January 2020 and associated Proposed Changes to Policies Map January 2020 (DRLLP PSV and associated PCPM Jan 2020) were published for six weeks prior to submission for independent examination, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. The six week publication period was from Friday 31st January to Friday 13th March 2020 and is now closed. Find out more about the pre-submission publication process.

Statements of common ground

Lambeth has agreed a number of statements of common ground with other public bodies. These are written records of progress made by Lambeth and its partners on planning for strategic cross-boundary matters.

Evidence base

The Local Plan Review is supported by a number of evidence base documents which are all available to view. These documents represent the evidence base that will be submitted for examination alongside the Draft Revised Lambeth Local Plan Proposed Submission Version January 2020.

Sustainability Appraisal

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 includes assessing impacts on equality and on health and wellbeing. The sustainability appraisal 2020 is the final version which will also undergo examination.