Local plan

Consultation update: We're currently consulting on the New Southwark Plan Proposed Submission Version: Amended Policies January 2019. The document was considered by Cabinet on 22 January and will be considered by Council Assembly on 27 March 2019. Formal consultation is taking place until 17 May 2019.

Comments will only be accepted via the Consultation Hub. It can be accessed here or at any local libraries and service point computers within Southwark. You can seek help from our trained staff regarding the consultation hub if you have any difficulties using it. Libraries are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm. To check specific opening times and locations, see here. Service points open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, click here to check specific opening times and locations.

Alternatively, email us at planningpolicy@southwark.gov.uk or call 0207 525 5471, if you need further assistance.

If you find difficulties using the hub and you're a resident, you can email us your response. Our move to encourage everyone to use the hubs enables us to provide the information on the responses quickly as we don't need to copy emails into the hub.

The local plan is a set of borough-wide planning policy documents that contain:

  • the regeneration strategy for the borough
  • policies that are used to make decisions on planning applications
  • key development sites with land use and urban design requirements
  • visions for the each of the borough’s unique neighbourhoods

The Local Plan is part of our wider development plan, which also includes our Area Action Plans, Adopted Policies Map, adopted neighbourhood plans and the London Plan.

See the bottom of this page for the currently adopted local plan development plan documents (DPDs).

New Southwark Plan

The New Southwark Plan (NSP) will be a new borough-wide planning and regeneration strategy up to 2033. Once finalised and adopted, it will replace the saved Southwark Plan policies and the Core Strategy (see below).

The council has published the proposed submission version of the New Southwark Plan (pdf, 28.2mb) for informal consultation. The decision to go out for formal consultation was subject to council assembly approval on 29 November 2017. Formal consultation period closed on 27 February 2018.

We're currently consulting on the New Southwark Plan - Proposed Submission Version: Amended Policies (pdf, 11mb) until 17 May 2019.

Click here to find out more about the New Southwark Plan.

Click here to find out more information about the consultation and how to provide comments.

Click here to view the council's Digital Strategy.

After consultation, the council will submit the plan to a government planning inspector for examination.

Planning policy mailing list

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Current local plan

The local plan is currently made up of:

You can view the supporting documents to the Core Strategy here.

2013 NPPF conformity review

Both the saved Southwark Plan policies and the Core Strategy were reviewed in 2013 to ensure conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

You can view our 2013 NPPF conformity review documents here.

Page last updated: 29 March 2019