Camden Planning Guidance

Camden Planning Guidance (CPG) provides advice and information on how we will apply our planning policies.

The adopted CPG documents can be 'material considerations' in planning decisions. However, they have less weight than the Local Plan or other development plan documents.

A number of CPG documents were adopted in January 2021. The full list of adopted documents are : 

The latest CPG documents were approved by Council on 15 January 2021 following consultation. The changes to the documents and consultation responses are summarised within the report below : 


The previous CPG documents  were adopted by Council on 26 March 2018. and 18 March 2019 following consultation. Copies of the consultation responses were included within the reports linked above.


Planning Frameworks and Briefs

Planning frameworks and briefs are used to set out guidelines, objectives and priorities with regards to the development of some of the most significant sites and areas in the borough where major proposals are likely to come forward.

Home energy retrofit guidance

Retrofitting Planning Guidance

The Retrofitting Planning Guidance (PDF) has been developed to help residents understand the planning process required to install low carbon technologies in homes.

Energy efficiency planning guidance for conservation areas

Energy efficiency planning guidance for conservation areas (PDF) provides guidance to residents who are considering making energy efficiency improvements to residential properties in conservation areas.

Green Homes Grant

Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes. The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your home (up to a maximum contribution of £5,000 or £10,000, if you qualify). For details please see government advice on this webpage. 

The Council has also hosted a webinar on the Green Homes Grant, with other useful information on retrofit – available on this webpage

There are a number of things to consider before starting works to your home, one is whether you require planning permission and/or listed building consent. Some works may not need planning permission this is called ‘permitted development’ but may require certain conditions to be followed.  Before embarking on any internal or external works to listed buildings, please discuss the matter with a member of the built heritage Conservation Team ( or apply for listed building consent, details available here. Listed building consent is always required for works that have the potential to affect the character or special interest of a listed building.

The factsheets below are intended to provide information on the improvements covered by the grant, specifically:

  • whether planning permission is required or not (permitted development means planning permission is not required);
  • if planning permission is required - how to apply for planning permission; and
  • what will be the likely planning considerations.

Items covered by the Green Homes Grant 

Primary measures

Secondary Measures

Intermediate Housing and First Homes

New intermediate housing in Camden is mainly rented housing for working households with low and middle incomes who live or work in the borough. First Homes are discount homes sold to first-time buyers in London at a maximum price of £420,000.

The Council is consulting on a draft Planning Statement on the Intermediate Housing Strategy and First Homes. The draft statement sets out the proposed approach to these types of housing to guide the implementation of Camden planning policies and the assessment of planning applications.

For more information, you can view the decision to consult on the draft statement, including a report on the draft statement and an Equality Impact Assessment.

A printed copy of the draft statement can be viewed at:

Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square N1C 4AG

Let us have your views

Please send us your comments about the draft planning statement on or before Friday 17 December 2021. It will help us if you let us know which section or paragraph numbers you are commenting on. You can send your comments by:

Post: Planning Policy, Regeneration and Planning, London Borough of Camden, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

What happens next?

Following consultation, the Council will consider the responses received, assess whether amendments are needed, and decide whether to formally adopt the document as Council policy.

When determining planning applications where affordable housing is required, the draft statement will be taken into account alongside national planning policy and relevant development plan and supplementary planning documents, including the London Plan 2021, the Camden Local Plan 2017 and the Camden Planning Guidance on Housing 2021. The weight that can be given to the draft statement will increase as it progresses through consultation to formal adoption.

Find out more about our approach to Affordable Housing

You can find out about our existing approach to planning for affordable housing and our preferred types of affordable housing (including intermediate housing to rent) in our Camden Planning Guidance for Housing.

We do not propose amending the Camden Planning Guidance (CPG) to refer to First Homes at this stage as the CPG was adopted recently (January 2021), and we cannot yet be certain about the deliverability of First Homes in Camden or the level of local interest in providing or buying them.

Find out more about Intermediate Housing

You can also view more information about intermediate housing in Camden, including information about how to register your interest in intermediate housing, intermediate homes currently being built, and organisations in Camden who provide intermediate housing.