Planning FAQs

Planning policy

Q: What are planning policies?
A: Planning policies are the ‘rules’ for development. Some policies are national, whilst others are local and set out in local plans, supplementary planning documents (SPDs), or neighbourhood plans. Planning policies for Southwark can be found in the Saved Southwark Plan and the Core Strategy. These policies will be replaced by the New Southwark Plan when it is adopted. Planning officers assess all proposals against these policies to determine whether the development would be acceptable and should be granted planning permission.

Q: How do I find out if my building is affected by a planning policy?
A: Some planning policies apply across the entire borough. Other policies are only relevant to certain areas or buildings. You can check whether your building is affected by a particular planning policy by searching the address on Southwark Maps. These are the most common policies which affect proposed developments that you should be aware of before applying for planning permission:

You can also view a map of the areas affected by all the policies due to be adopted in the New Southwark Plan.

Page last updated: 21 November 2022

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