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Planning policy

Local development framework
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

Local Development Framework

Our Local Development Framework (LDF), which replaced our Unitary Development Plan (UDP) in November 2010, is a collection of planning documents that (in conjunction with national planning policy and the Mayor’s London Plan) sets out our strategy for managing growth and development in the borough, including where new homes, jobs and infrastructure will be located.

The information within this section will help you understand what key documents comprise our LDF and what supporting documentation also exists.

Local Plan - review of our planning policies

The Council has started to review two of the key planning documents that it uses when making planning decisions, the Camden Core Strategy and Development Policies. We need to review them to make sure that we continue to have effective and up to date planning policies that reflect current circumstances and help to deliver our local priorities. The review is assessing how existing policies are operating and if they can be made more effective.

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 planning documents

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

The information within this section provides detailed guidance on how our planning strategy and policies will be implemented for specific topics, areas and sites:

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.

New 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 about this

The Government has recently 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.

This section provides more information on what we know about neighbourhood planning so far:

Unitary Development Plan

Prior to being replaced by our Local Development Framework (LDF), our Unitary Development Plan (UDP) set out our strategy for managing growth and development in the borough.

Only policy LU1 - Schedule of Land Use Proposals is still part of our development plan, the rest has been replaced by the LDF. The sites in LU1 have been 'saved' until the site allocations document is adopted: