Planning Policies

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Planning impacts on our everyday lives and influences the character of environment – our borough. It is because of this that we need the guidance to help plan for our future and shape the places we live.

The overarching document that guides planning in the borough is the Tower Hamlets Local Plan (2020). The Local Plan provides spatial policies, development management policies and site allocations to guide and manage development across the entire borough.

In order to expand on the planning guidance in the Local Plan, we are developing several additional Supplementary Planning Documents or ‘SPDs’. These planning documents often have a specific focus or study area, which offers an added level of tailored guidance to the Local Plan policies.

We're talking with residents, businesses, community groups and developers to guide the future planning framework so we want to hear your views to make sure future developments work for the community.

Current and upcoming consultations:

Central Area Good Growth SPD

This SPD provides planning guidance which will support the development of high-quality housing developments in the central part of the borough. The draft SPD can be downloaded from the consultation page.

Consultation: 11th January - 21st February (now closed)

Queen Mary University SPD

This masterplan for the Queen Mary University campus in Mile End will be adopted by the Council as a supplementary planning document (SPD), to inform the development of the campus and to ensure that proposals are aligned to the interests of the local community and stakeholders. It will also take into consideration the area surrounding the campus, including the Mile End Hospital, the Regent's Canal and Mile End Park.

Consultation: 1st Feb – 17th March

Reuse Recycle Waste SPD

This SPD sets out guidance for developers on how waste management should be addressed in proposals for new residential and mixed-use development. The SPD covers the entire borough and aims to re-examine the way in which waste is produced and managed.

Consultation: Feb – March

Leaside Area Action Plan

This project will create an Area Action Plan (AAP) that sets out policies for growth and regeneration in the Leaside area from now until 2031.

The policies will cover the south east of Tower Hamlets, including City Island, Teviot Estate and Aberfeldy Estate.

Consultation: 7 April - 21 May 2021

Tall Buildings SPD

This SPD seeks to set out guidance on the design and planning of tall buildings across the entire the borough. This policy will set parameters for tall building development outside of the designated Tall Building Zone.

Consultation: Summer 2021

South Poplar Masterplan SPD

This masterplan SPD sets out policy to guide the future development of South Poplar. The SPD seeks to sustainably manage the significant growth being experienced in the area whilst ensuring such growth benefits existing as well as new communities. This masterplan will cover approximately 30 hectares of land through both South Poplar and Canary Wharf.

Consultation: 9th March - 20th April 2021

Planning impacts on our everyday lives and influences the character of environment – our borough. It is because of this that we need the guidance to help plan for our future and shape the places we live.

The overarching document that guides planning in the borough is the Tower Hamlets Local Plan (2020). The Local Plan provides spatial policies, development management policies and site allocations to guide and manage development across the entire borough.

In order to expand on the planning guidance in the Local Plan, we are developing several additional Supplementary Planning Documents or ‘SPDs’. These planning documents often have a specific focus or study area, which offers an added level of tailored guidance to the Local Plan policies.

We're talking with residents, businesses, community groups and developers to guide the future planning framework so we want to hear your views to make sure future developments work for the community.

Current and upcoming consultations:

Central Area Good Growth SPD

This SPD provides planning guidance which will support the development of high-quality housing developments in the central part of the borough. The draft SPD can be downloaded from the consultation page.

Consultation: 11th January - 21st February (now closed)

Queen Mary University SPD

This masterplan for the Queen Mary University campus in Mile End will be adopted by the Council as a supplementary planning document (SPD), to inform the development of the campus and to ensure that proposals are aligned to the interests of the local community and stakeholders. It will also take into consideration the area surrounding the campus, including the Mile End Hospital, the Regent's Canal and Mile End Park.

Consultation: 1st Feb – 17th March

Reuse Recycle Waste SPD

This SPD sets out guidance for developers on how waste management should be addressed in proposals for new residential and mixed-use development. The SPD covers the entire borough and aims to re-examine the way in which waste is produced and managed.

Consultation: Feb – March

Leaside Area Action Plan

This project will create an Area Action Plan (AAP) that sets out policies for growth and regeneration in the Leaside area from now until 2031.

The policies will cover the south east of Tower Hamlets, including City Island, Teviot Estate and Aberfeldy Estate.

Consultation: 7 April - 21 May 2021

Tall Buildings SPD

This SPD seeks to set out guidance on the design and planning of tall buildings across the entire the borough. This policy will set parameters for tall building development outside of the designated Tall Building Zone.

Consultation: Summer 2021

South Poplar Masterplan SPD

This masterplan SPD sets out policy to guide the future development of South Poplar. The SPD seeks to sustainably manage the significant growth being experienced in the area whilst ensuring such growth benefits existing as well as new communities. This masterplan will cover approximately 30 hectares of land through both South Poplar and Canary Wharf.

Consultation: 9th March - 20th April 2021