Planning policy

Planning policy documents
Local Plan
Article 4 Directions
Community infrastructure levy
Supplementary guidance
Neighbourhood planning
Self build register
Policy newsletter
Conservation area appraisal and management strategies
Planning data

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 Direction for basement development

To manage the impacts of basement developments across the borough the Council has made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction which removes permitted development rights for basement development. 

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. Currently under permitted development rights, planning permission is not required for a basement that is built entirely underneath a property and does not extend beyond it, for example, underneath the garden or surrounding land.

The Article 4 direction has removed this right so that all basement excavations will need planning permission and will be assessed against the Council’s planning policies. The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the London Borough of Camden. The Article 4 Direction was confirmed on 3 October 2016 and came into force on 1 June 2017.

Further information is available on the Article 4 Direction page.

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.

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:

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:

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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