Site Allocations Review

Camden is growing, and it’s essential we respond to that growth in a way that benefits our whole community. That’s why Camden Council is developing a new Site Allocations Local Plan for Camden.  The Plan identifies a number key development sites and areas across the borough. It sets out how they should be developed in the future. They should be planned in a way that respects the local character of the surrounding area. They should also meet the needs of local communities and businesses. 
Once adopted this Plan will replace policies in the 2013 Site Allocations Plan. It will be used alongside other policies in Camden’s Development Plan to assess development proposals on key sites and areas.

Consultation on the Draft Plan

Following approval by Cabinet in November 2019 Cabinet we consulted on the draft Site Allocations Local Plan document.  

The process for preparing Local Plans includes a number of statutory stages including at least two formal rounds of public consultation. The first formal consultation on the Site Allocations Local Plan was carried out between 13 February and 27 March 2020.

Since the last consultation ended in March/April 2020 a great deal has happened:

  • Camden has declared a climate emergency
  • there have been national changes to the planning system
  • the New London Plan along with two new Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted
  • we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that is likely to have a lasting impact on our work, home and leisure priorities.

We have also received many requests from local residents and community groups for another opportunity for them to get influence the Plan before we undertake a formal consultation on the next draft (Publication Draft).

To give stakeholders another chance to have their say we hosted a virtual public meeting on the Plan and launched two new commonplace consultations - one focuses on policies for growth areas and individual sites and the other focuses on climate action in Camden. We will also accepting comments on the Plan via our email if you did not have a chance to comment previously or would like to add to or change a comment that you made during the last consultation in early 2020. This period of additional engagement will run till Monday 24 January at which time we will consider the comments we have received during the last two consultations and use them to help shape the Publication Draft of the Plan which will be subject to consultation at some point next year. 

Link to virtual meeting: Site Allocations Meeting video archive - Camden (councilsuk.live)

Link to Site Allocations commonplace umbrella page: Community Forum – Camden Site Allocations – Commonplace

Supporting evidence documents

The policies in the Site Allocations Local Plan need to reflect up to date and relevant evidence about the social, economic and environmental characteristics. In preparing the Camden Local Plan 2017 the Council collected a wide range of evidence. We consider that the majority of this evidence remains relevant and up to date and forms a robust basis for policies within this Plan but for some matters we recognise that there is a need to produce new or updated evidence to support the production of this Plan.

To support the preparation of the Draft Plan we have prepared the following evidence: