Planning in London has a structure unique in England. The Mayor produces a London Plan which sets the strategic framework for planning policy across the capital. All borough-level local plans are required to be in conformity with the London Plan. In turn, both the London Plan and local plans are required to be in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Mayor has also produced a number of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) documents setting out guidance on detailed matters such as housing, town centres, and sustainable design and construction.
The Mayor also has powers to ‘call in’ and determine major planning applications and to impose a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to fund major strategic projects. In April 2013 the Mayor introduced a CIL to help fund Crossrail.
London Councils has worked with the Mayor to ensure that his planning powers are exercised in a way which helps support the sustainable development that London needs, and ensures that boroughs retain the powers and resources to help support growth in their areas.
Our responses to Mayoral planning consultations are available in related documents (right).