Alongside the Lambeth Local Plan 2015 we publish Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)s and other guidance that explains our policies in more detail.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

SPDs give additional guidance on some of the policies of the Local Plan, where this is needed. SPDs do not have the same status as the policies in the Local Plan but have been subject to public consultation and are taken into account as material considerations in dealing with planning applications. We currently have one borough-wide, and three area-specific SPDs.

Borough wide SPD

The Building Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document was adopted on 23 September 2015. This provides detailed guidance to applicants on the design of alterations and extensions and applies across the borough.

The council prepared an adoption statement for the Building Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document.

The SPD was subject to public comment. See a schedule of the representations received along with the council response.

Area specific SPDs

The council has three adopted area-specific SPDs. These provide detailed guidance to support implementation of the Local Plan policies for Brixton, Vauxhall and Waterloo.

Brixton SPD
Vauxhall SPD
Waterloo SPD

2. Consultation on new Draft SPDs

The council is currently consulting on two draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), from 12 December 2016 to 13 February 2017.

The Draft Lambeth Development Viability SPD sets out the council’s proposed approach to financial viability appraisals submitted by applicants to support planning applications.

The Draft Employment and Skills SPD sets out an approach to securing appropriate contributions through Section 106 agreements towards employment and skills initiatives.

Printed copies of the SPDs are also available for inspection at all borough libraries during their normal opening hours, and at the council’s office at Ground Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Let us know your views

We would welcome your views on these draft documents. You can respond in the following ways:

  • By email:
  • By post: Lambeth Planning Policy Team, 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL

What happens next?

The council will fully consider all of the responses received during the consultation period and, if appropriate, changes will be made to the final versions of the SPDs prior to their adoption. A summary of the main issues raised in consultation responses and how those issues have been addressed will also be published.

4. Rush Common

On Rush Common land in Brixton, building works or new structures above the surface of the ground require Rush Common consent from the council. This is in addition and separate to the need for planning or any other permissions.

Find rules for building works on Rush Common land