Thursday, May 30

Last chance to comment on Tower Hamlets local plan

Residents have six weeks to tell the council whether its draft Local Plan, which sets out the guidance for development and future investment decisions until 2031, is sound and legally compliant.

Consultation on the draft plan opens on Monday 2 October 2017 and closes on Monday 12 November 2017. It is being used to ensure the Local Plan’s policies are positively prepared, effective, justifiable and consistent with national policy and the legal requirements and procedures set out in the regulations.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“It’s really important that local people have their say and help us to shape our vision for Tower Hamlets up to 2031. We listened to local views which have helped us set out what types of development should take place, where and how they should be delivered and how we should protect the borough’s heritage assets.

“This final stage of consultation ensures the plan is fully scrutinised and fit for purpose. I would urge people to take part in the consultation.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development, added:

“The policies set out in the plan will be our starting point for making decisions on planning applications. We want to ensure new homes and businesses are in the locations that meet the needs of the borough’s growing population, but also respects the immediate and surrounding environment.

“This consultation is an important step in ensuring that the plan is sound and legally compliant.”

The Local Plan was prepared in line with the London Plan, relevant acts and regulations and the policies set out in the government’s National Planning Policy Framework.

It has been in development since 2015 and hundreds of residents, businesses, landowners, neighbouring boroughs, statutory bodies and other interested stakeholders have given their feedback on the document.

This round of consultation (known as the regulation 19 stage) represents the last chance to comment on the content of the plan and how it has been prepared.

To have your say on the plan, go to: This is our preferred method of receiving representations as will help us save paper and time.

Paper response forms can be downloaded from the link above and returned by e-mail to or collected from the Town Hall: Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BG; or by phoning 020 7364 5009 and asking to speak to the Plan Making Team.

All comments will be made public and will be submitted to the government along with the plan and relevant evidence following this consultation.

– Press realise