Land and planning

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Planning plays a vital role in creating safe, clean and attractive places for Londoners to live, work and enjoy. London boroughs have a critical role in London planning, devising local plans to support sustainable high-quality development and determining planning applications in their areas based on local and national planning policies.

The national planning system has undergone significant change in recent years with the replacement of national planning guidance with the slimmed-down National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and reforms to permitted development rights and the planning obligations system.

London has also seen changes, with the introduction of the new London Plan in 2011 and extensive changes being proposed through the Further Alterations to the London Plan in 2014.

London Councils supports boroughs in their planning work through influencing GLA and government policy, sharing information and good practice, and organising events for officers and members.

Our current work includes influencing the government’s ongoing planning reform agenda, promoting the role of planning in addressing London’s housing crisis and lobbying for better resources for borough planning departments including calling for full cost recovery on planning applications.

These pages include information on our work influencing the GLA and government on planning policies and reforms, and our support for the London Planning Awards.