SPD by planning topic
Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) contain guidance that expands on the policies within our development plan. The detailed guidance shows how the council expects our planning policies to be addressed by planning applications and how the policies will be implemented by the council when making decisions on planning applications. The guidance contained within SPDs is not formally part of the development plan and is given less weight when making planning decisions.
You can also view SPDs about specific regeneration areas, sites and neighbourhoods (eg Elephant and Castle or Blackfriars Road).
The Affordable Housing SPD sets out the council’s approach to affordable housing in new development. An updated draft was consulted on in 2011.
Design and access statements
The SPD below sets out how applicants should prepare design and access statements to accompany a planning application.
- Design and Access Statements SPD (2007) (pdf, 887kb)
You can find further information about Design and Access Statements SPD here.
This SPD sets out how the council expects applicants to approach viability issues, including full viability assessments, as part of a planning application.
- Development Viability SPD (2016) (pdf, 736kb)
You can find further information about Development Viability SPD here.
Residential design standards
The residential design standards SPD out how applicants should approach our residential design standards policies, including guidance on extensions and minimum room sizes. The SPD was updated in 2015 in response to national government implementing changes to how new homes are required to be built.
- Residential Design Standards SPD (2011 with 2015 technical update) (pdf, 824kb)
- Interim guidance for the technical housing standards (pdf, 208kb)
You can find further information about Residential Design Standards SPD here.
Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) SPD
This sets out the councils approach to Section 106 legal agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy, which are related to new developments.
- Section 106 and CIL SPD (2015) (pdf, 2.8mb)
- Section 106 and CIL SPD Addendum (Jan 2017) (pdf, 505kb)
You can find further information about Section 106 and CIL SPD here.
Sets out how sustainability assessments should be carried out to determine the social, environmental and economic sustainability of a particular development.
- Sustainability Assessments SPD (2007) (pdf, 378kb)
You can find further information about Sustainability assessments SPD here.
Sustainable design and construction
The SPD below sets out the council’s approach to sustainable design and construction policies in the local plan. Parts have been superseded by the Mayor of London’s Sustainable Design and Construction SPG.
- Sustainable Design and Construction SPD (2009) (pdf, 3.1mb)
You can find urther information about Sustainable Design and Construction SPD here.
Outdoor advertisements and signage SPG
The document below sets out development guidance for outdoor advertising and signage in relation to planning applications.
- Outdoor advertisements and signage SPG (2004) (pdf, 901kb)
The SPG below provides guidance on the process for telecommunication development within the borough.
- Telecommunications SPG (2004) (pdf, 688kb)
If there's an old supplementary planning document/guidance that you'd like an electronic copy of, contact the planning policy team.
Page last updated: 11 June 2019