Planning policy

Planning Policy documents

The Council has adopted a number of planning documents that (alongside the Mayor’s London Plan) form the ‘development plan’ for Camden – the starting point for planning decisions in the borough:

Local Plan

The Local Plan was adopted by Council on 3 July 2017 and has replaced the Core Strategy and Camden Development Policies documents as the basis for planning decisions and future development in the borough:

Details regarding how the Local Plan was prepared and examined can be found on our Local Plan webpage below:

Article 4 Directions

Permitted development rights allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application. An Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights for a specific property or area, which means a planning application will be required.

Community Infrastructure Levy

On 1 April 2012, The Mayor of London introduced the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to help pay for Crossrail. In Camden, this will be a flat charge of £50 per m2 of net increase in floorspace. We will collect the charge on behalf of the Mayor.

The Camden Community Infrastructure Levy was adopted in April 2015 and is payable in addition to the Mayor's CIL.

Supplementary Guidance

Although they are not part of our statutory development plan, our supplementary planning guidance documents (SPDs) (such as planning frameworks and briefs and conservation area appraisal and management strategies) play an important role in our planning decisions.

Neighbourhood planning

Through the Localism Act 2011, the Government has introduced a new tier of planning at the neighbourhood level. Local communities will be able to prepare a neighbourhood plan for their area which sets out specific planning policies.

Information on neighbourhood planning in Camden, neighbourhood area and forum applications, and neighbourhood plans can be found at the links below:

Brownfield Land Register

Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 requires local planning authorities in England to prepare, maintain and publish registers of previously developed (brownfield) land by 31 December 2017.

Camden’s Brownfield Land Register is now available on our Open Data platform and has been prepared as per the Data Standard set by the Government. It is published in the following formats and the table can also be downloaded in CSV, MS Excel and in other formats: 

Self build register

Our self build register collects information from people interested in building their own home.

Planning Data

A number of sources of planning data are available for public use. Links to these are available on our planning data webpage:

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