Alongside the Lambeth Local Plan 2015 we publish Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) 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

Lambeth Building Alterations and Extensions 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.

Lambeth Development Viability SPD

The Lambeth Development Viability SPD was adopted on 9th October 2017. The SPD sets out the council's approach to assessing development viability in planning proposals.

An adoption statement and Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Statement report have been prepared. The consultation statement sets out who was consulted during the preparation of the SPD, a summary of the main issues raised during consultation and the council's response to comments received.

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

Draft Lambeth Basements SPD

The Draft Lambeth Basements SPD sets out the council’s approach to basement development in the Borough and provides clear advice and guidance on the information requirements for basement development applications and the basis on which these will be assessed at application stage.

The consultation on Draft Lambeth Basements Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) runs from 23 October to 4 December 2017.

Revised Draft Lambeth Employment and Skills SPD

The revised draft Lambeth Employment and Skills SPD sets out an approach to securing appropriate contributions through Section 106 agreements towards employment and skills initiatives. It sets out the obligations which will be sought from developers at the construction and end user phases of development to contribute towards a range of employment and training measures to mitigate the impacts of development and ensure that local people can better access job opportunities arising from new development.

A first round of consultation on the draft SPD took place from 12 December 2016 to 13 February 2017. The original draft Employment and Skills SPD is still viewable on the council's website. Following the first round of consultation, the consultation statement sets out who was previously consulted during the preparation of the SPD, a summary of the main issues raised and the council's response to comments received.

The second round of consultation on the revised draft Lambeth Employment and Skills SPD runs from 6 November to 4 December 2017.

4. London Plan Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs)

The Lambeth Local Plan and the Mayor's London Plan form the statutory development plan for the borough.

Lambeth's Local Plan is supported by detailed guidance in Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) that are described in other sections of this guide. In a similar way, the Mayor's London Plan is supported by detailed guidance published in Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) documents.

5. 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