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About the Lewisham Local Plan

Find out about the Lewisham Local Plan, which will be the key planning document for the borough.

Lewisham’s new Local Plan will set out a shared vision for the future of the borough along with the planning and investment framework to deliver this vision through to 2040.

It will include policies and guidelines used to determine planning applications, together with the London Plan and any future neighbourhood plans.

The Local Plan presents a vision for how development should shape Lewisham over the next 20 years. The Summary Document is a short version, which will help local communities learn about the new Local Plan. 

Download the summary document.

How to get involved

The new Local Plan will help shape Lewisham to 2040. We want to hear your thoughts on the opportunities and challenges across the borough and in your area.

The consultation on the Local Plan: Main Issues and Preferred Approaches document has now closed.  Officers are currently processing the high volume of responses received during the consultation period. 

A short summary on the consultation has been prepared providing an overview of the representations that were received.

Local Plan: Main Issues and Preferred Approaches consultation summary

To contact the local plan team or to be added to the consultation database please email LocalPlan@Lewisham.gov.uk.

All online consultation events can be found on the Local Plan YouTube channel.

For more information please visit the Local Plan Commonplace.

Preparing the new Local Plan

We are working with and alongside communities and community groups, landowners and other key stakeholders to help us prepare the plan. This includes several stages of formal public consultation.

We started the local plan review in late 2015 with a consultation on the main issues for the plan. See the documents for the consultation that happened in 2015.

Since then, we have carried out various engagement exercises on studies and other documents to help inform the plan’s preparation, such as:

  • Lewisham Characterisation Study
  • New Cross Area Framework and Station Opportunity Study / SPD
  • Catford Town Centre Masterplan / Catford Conversation
  • Surrey Canal Triangle SPD
  • ‘Call for Sites’ / landowner engagement exercises to help us to identify potential development sites.

These documents form part of the local plan evidence base and will help to ensure the new plan reflects the aspirations of local communities, and is based on the latest available information.

Next steps

We have been working on the plan, taking account of the feedback received from our early public consultation and engagement exercises as well as our latest evidence base documents.

An emerging draft of the Local Plan was considered at a meeting of Mayor and Cabinet on 11 March 2020. Find more details about the Mayor and Cabinet meeting. 

Read the DRAFT Local Plan that was considered by Council on 25 November 2020. Find more details about the Council meeting page.