What stage of the SPD preparation is the council at now?

    The SPD is currently being developed and we are seeking initial feedback from members of the public through this Online Survey to help shape the first draft of the SPD. Once the draft is completed it will be subject to a further public consultation, expected to take place in early 2021.

    What will be the status of the SPD once it is adopted?

    The Central Area Good Growth SPD will be a material consideration to help determine planning applications for small-scale residential developments in the central part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This may include roof/rear extensions to existing buildings, estate infill and new developments of up to around 40 homes on sites of up to 0.25 hectares. This means that, once the SPD is adopted, in addition to satisfying the requirements of national, regional and local planning policies, development proposals will also need to demonstrate how the guidance in this SPD has been taken into account.  The document can also be used by anyone who is interested in understanding how design can be used to ensure that residential developments respect and enhance local character.  

    Where will the SPD’s guidance apply once the document is adopted?

    The guidance will be applied to the Central Area of Tower Hamlets, the boundaries of which have been defined by the Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031. It will be relevant to small-scale residential developments (including, but not limited to, roof/rear extensions to existing buildings, estate infill and new developments of up to around 40 homes on sites of up to 0.25 hectares).

    How is the document being developed?

    The SPD is currently being developed in collaboration with residents, council services, Members, developers, architects, officers and experts in a range of fields. We are seeking initial feedback from members of the public through this Online Survey to help shape the first draft of the SPD. Once the draft is completed it will be subject to a further public consultation, expected to take place in early 2021. The design guidance is being developed based on an updated character appraisal of the different neighbourhoods in the Central Area, including considerations on existing scale, urban grain and typologies. It is also being developed by analysing examples of small-scale housing developments from Tower Hamlets and wider London, to understand how small-scale housing developments can be designed in a way that respects and enhances local character.

    What will happen following the Online Survey?

    Following the Online Survey, all comments and information received will be carefully analysed and will help to inform the SPD as it is developed. We will publish a summary of survey results (no personal information will be published) together with the draft SPD when the latter goes out for public consultation, which is expected to happen in early 2021.