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The five new neighbourhoods planned in and around the Park are designed to complement and extend the communities already in the area. We want to support the growth and diversity of these communities and are actively working to make sure the area around the Park  is developed in the best way possible.  

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.

Consultations

Early consultation

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.

Early engagement

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. 

Neighbourhood planning

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.

Further background

A number of documents are also required to support the Local Plan production processes. These are set out below:

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the Legacy Corporation’s project plan for the preparation of its Local Plan and related documents. It sets out key dates and milestone in the preparation of the Plan.

The Authority Monitoring Report sets out progress towards key Local Plan milestones, information on permitted and completed developments and Community Infrastructure Levy schemes and receipts within the monitoring period.

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the community will be involved in the preparation of local planning policy documents and in the processing and determination of planning applications.

The Sustainability Appraisal is carried out alongside the plan-making processes in order to assess the likely social, economic and environmental impacts of the Plan, ensuring the most sustainable options are selected where possible. Read the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Non-Technical Summary.  You can also read the following appendices:  A - Analysis of Relevant Plans, Programmes and Environmental Protection Objectives, B - Baseline Data, C - Vision and Objectives Options Appraisal, D - Vision and Alternatives, E - Policies Options Appraisal, F - Sustainability Matrices - Policies, and G - Sustainability Matrices - Sub Areas.

The Habitats Regulations Assessment, also known as an ‘Appropriate Assessment’ is required under the European Habitats Directive to assesses whether a plan or project, ‘in combination’, could affect the ‘integrity’ of sites of international nature conservation importance in Europe. A screening report has been carried out for the Legacy Corporation.

The Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) looks at the impacts of the policies of the Plan on different sections of the community.

In addition the Legacy Corporation has been progressing its Community Infrastructure Levy. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be a new levy on development within the area to help fund the social, environmental and physical infrastructure for which development creates a need.The Legacy Corporation has already consulted on its Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule.

Evidence 

Local Plans, and the policies and proposals within them, must be based on robust and credible evidence. 

As well as existing evidence produced by the four boroughs – Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, we have gathered together further evidence to support the Local Plan. A number of these documents are complete and available to view below.

Assessing the Legacy Corporation’s Housing Needs Report, 2013, known as the ‘SHMA Report’ reviews the information within the Borough Strategic Housing Market Assessments to determine requirements within the LLDC area.

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) is an assessment of the infrastructure that will be needed to the support the growth resulting from new development within the area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy, Viability Study, 2013 is a study to test and determine the suitable rates for the CIL Charge by type of development.

Local Plan Flood Risk Review Report, 2013 reviews the flood and surface water management matters within the London Plan, Core Strategies, Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA), Surface Water Management Plans (SWMP) and major masterplan planning applications relevant to the area.

Hackney Wick Fish Island Design and Planning Guide, 2013 appraises the key features of the area, setting out the opportunities for change and guidance for the future. Download the link to parts 1 – 3 here and parts 4 – 6 here.

Schools Mapping Study, 2013 carried out a mapping exercise to cover all existing and planned schools in and around the area, reviewing the projected demand for school places arising from planned development.

There are also other evidence base documents produced by the boroughs which are relevant to the LLDC area. This information will be available via the local authority websites: