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Planning policy

Planning policy documents
Core strategy
Development policies
Local Plan - review of our planning policies
Supplementary guidance
Policy newsletter
Conservation area appraisal and management strategies
Neighbourhood planning
Community infrastructure levy
Fitzrovia area action plan
Euston area plan
Office to residential Article 4 Directions

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 - review of our key planning policy documents

Camden Council is reviewing its main planning policies and is consulting on a draft ‘Local Plan’. This takes into account feedback from initial engagement, a series of evidence studies and national policy and legislation.

When finalised the Local Plan will replace our current Core Strategy and Camden Development Policies documents as the basis for planning decisions and future development in the borough.

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.

We are undertaking work to introduce the Camden Community Infrastructure Levy. When adopted the Camden CIL will be payable in addition to the Mayor's CIL.

This section provides more information about the Mayoral and Camden Community Infrastructure Levy.

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.

These documents provide detailed guidance on how our planning strategy and policies will be implemented for specific topics, areas and sites:

Housing technical standards

Following the publication of national technical housing standards and removal of other standards, the Council has set out existing planning policies (below) that are relevant to the new national technical standard. The Mayor has also published a transitional statement which sets out how existing London standards should be applied from October 2015 until a time that the Minor Alterations to the London Plan (MALP) are adopted.

Permitted development rights for change of use from office to residential

Permitted development rights allow certain limited forms of development without planning permission, as set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The permitted development order has been subject to a number of subsequent amendments.

Permitted development rights to allow a change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential came into force on 30 May 2013. The statutory instrument may be found here. Camden Council has an exemption from these permitted development rights which extends over Camden’s part of the Central Activities Zone (map).

The Council is in the process of making ‘non-immediate’ Article 4 Directions for specific parts of the borough,  where withdrawing the right to change from office to residential use (without a formal grant of planning permission) is considered to be expedient on planning grounds. Read more here

The Government has consulted on proposals to further extend permitted development rights. Camden Council's response to the consultation can be downloaded from the link below.

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.