One of the ways we do this is as planning authority for an area covering the Park and parts of Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. Our Local Plan sets out the principles we apply to planning decisions in this area.
The Local Plan is currently in a draft stage while we take on board the feedback from local communities who were consulted about its proposals in early 2014. A further consultation will be held later this year – see below for more information.
Once adopted in spring 2015, it will provide strategic guidance for all the developments in the area, and will form part of decisions about planning applications in the area until 2030.
The Local Plan includes:
- An outline of the key issues facing the area
- Our vision for how the area should look in 2031
- Strategic policies setting the direction of future growth in the area, and covering issues like housing and transport
- Detailed policies used in deciding planning applications, such as design and affordable housing requirements
- ‘Place-based policies’ which describe how key locations are expected to change over time, divided into four sub areas: Hackney Wick and Fish Island, North Stratford and Eton Manor, Central Stratford and the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Pudding Mill, Bromley-by-Bow and Mill Meads
- Details of how we will implement these policies.
It sits alongside other important documents such as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the London Plan, which give guidance on new buildings for the nation and for London respectively. Together, these documents are referred to as the Development Plan for the area for which we are the planning authority. Until our Local Plan is officially adopted, the equivalent plans developed by each borough fulfil that role.
Once given plan-making powers on 1 October 2012, we started to prepare the Local Plan, with a first short stage of consultation between 12 November and 31 December 2012. The details of this consultation are in the consultation report and helped us set out our vision and identify important themes and areas, as well as helping us draft our Statement of Community Involvement.
We also made a ‘Call for Sites’ at the same time – asking for submission of any sites which should be brought forward for development prior to 2030.
In accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations, 2004 the Legacy Corporation carried out consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report between January and March 2013. The comments received to the SA Scoping Report are available here, and the Habitat Regulations Scoping Report is here.
In addition, consultation on the Preliminary Draft Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule took place between 15 July and 9 September 2013. More information on this can be found within the Community Infrastructure Levy page.
Consultation on an initial draft Local Plan document ran from 2 December 2013 to 7 February 2014. We held public consultation sessions in Stratford, Hackney and Bromley-by-Bow to discuss our plans for those areas, as well as events with key stakeholders.
Next stage of consultation
Once we have taken on board the feedback from the winter 2013/14 consultation, we will produce a ‘Publication’ version of the Local Plan. This version will then undergo formal, statutory consultation in summer 2014.
Local communities, as Neighbourhood Forums or Parish Councils, have the ability to shape development within their area by preparing neighbourhood plans.
It is our role, as a local planning authority, to give non-financial support to groups wishing to utilise these powers. This is part of the Localism Act 2011.