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Lewisham Local Plan: Regulation 22 submission

In accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) the Council has submitted the Lewisham Local Plan: Proposed Submission Document January 2023 and its accompanying documents (Integrated Impact Assessment, Integrated Impact Assessment Non-Technical Summary, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Regulation 22 Consultation Statement including Appendix 3 Schedule of Representations, Duty to Co-operate Statement, Proposed Policies Map, Schedule of Proposed Changes to the Adopted Policies Map, Schedule of Modifications, Statement of Fact) and evidence base to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Planning Inspectorate for independent Examination. 

Submission webpage

A Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, has been appointed to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the examination process and he will act as the main point of contact between the Inspector, the Council and Representors.

All of the documents submitted for Examination can be accessed on Lewisham Local Plan website. 

What is the Local Plan? 

The Local Plan will establish a future vision for Lewisham, along with the planning and investment framework for its delivery over a 20-year period (2020 to 2040). The Local Plan, together with the London Plan and Neighbourhood Plans, forms the statutory Development Plan for Lewisham, and they are used to assess all planning applications across the borough.

Once adopted, the Lewisham Local Plan will replace the currently adopted documents as follows: Core Strategy (2011), Site Allocations (2013), Development Management (2014) and Lewisham Town Centre (2014) local plans. 


Following submission, a Planning Inspector will be appointed by the Secretary of State, to represent them, to undertake an independent Examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Lewisham Local Plan. The Inspector will consider the representations submitted during the Regulation 19 consultation and will conduct Hearing sessions to informally debate the principal matters identified by the Inspector. Representors invited to attend the Hearing sessions will be notified in due course.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

For more information on the Lewisham Local Plan and the plan making process please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Hearing sessions

Hearing sessions will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday 18 June 2024 within the Council Chamber of Lewisham Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU.

View the meeting sessions live using the following links:

Recordings of the sessions will be made available online in due course.

Inspection of documents

At this stage we are not consulting on the Lewisham Local Plan. You can read the Lewisham Local Plan, the consultation statement as well as other supporting documents at the following locations from 22 November 2023 until the end of the Examination process.

London Borough of Lewisham

  • Laurence House, 1 Catford Rd, London, SE6 4RU. Please arrange and appointment for viewing at Laurence House by emailing localplan@lewisham.gov.uk or by calling 02083147400.
  • Catford Library, Catford Centre, 23-24 Winslade Way, London, SE6 4JU. Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm.  
  • Deptford Lounge Library, 9 Giffin Street, London, SE8 4RJ. Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 5pm. 
  • Grove Park Community Library, Somertees Avenue, London, SE12 0BX. Wed 4pm - 8pm, Thurs - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 5pm. 
  • Forest Hill Community Library, Dartmouth Road, London, SE23 3HZ. Mon - Thurs 9am - 7:30pm, Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm.
  • Downham Library, 7-9 Moorside Road, Bromley, BR1 5EP. Mon - Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 5pm. 

Find information on Library opening times or contact them by calling 02083147400.

If you require a summary of the documents in an alternative format, please contact localplan@lewisham.gov.uk. Physical copies can also be provided to individuals if requested, although printing and postage costs will be incurred.

Regulation 22 Submission, Prescribed and Evidence Base documents: 

Submission documents

Evidence Base documents 

To view submitted representations from the Regulation 19 Local Plan consultation, please use the links below: 

Local Plan Regulation 19 Consultation 

This consultation has now closed.

As part of the Regulation 19 stage of Lewisham’s New Local Plan, Lewisham Council has consulted on the following documents: 

Supporting documents

Why did we consult? 

The Local Plan will play a vital role in how we manage new development and coordinate investment. We want everyone with an interest in Lewisham to help shape the new local plan. 

We prepared the Local Plan: Proposed Submission Document for public consultation. It was informed by the previous consultation and engagement exercises we have undertaken on the Regulation 18 Issues and Options document in October-November 2015, the Regulation 18 Main Issues and Preferred Approaches document in January – April 2021, Call for sites exercises and engagement on evidence base documents. 

During this consultation, the Local Plan: Proposed Submission Document and its supporting documents were made available for public inspection to provide any individual, group, or business the opportunity to make a representation.  This consultation required submissions to specifically focus on the following issues:  

  • Is the plan legally compliant? - Does the plan comply with the relevant legislation and regulations in the way it has been prepared, and in its content?  
  • Does the plan comply with the ‘Duty to Cooperate’? - Has the local planning authority engaged constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with neighbouring authorities and other prescribed bodies during the preparation of the plan?  
  • Is the plan ‘sound’? - Has the plan been ‘positively prepared’? Is it robustly justified and evidence-led? Will it be effective in what it sets out to achieve? Is it consistent with regional and national planning policy? 

Regulation 18 Consultation

We consulted on the Lewisham Local Plan: Main Issues and Preferred Approaches document (the draft Local Plan) during January to April 2021. This was a Regulation 18-stage public consultation.

We received feedback from over 1400 local residents, community groups, businesses, government bodies and other organisations. We have prepared a short summary of this feedback and actions we are taking in response to it.

We held a series of online information sessions during the consultation. These were recorded and can be viewed on the Local Plan YouTube channel.

For more information about the Local Plan please visit Local Plan Commonplace.

Contact the Planning Policy Team 

If you would like any further information on the Lewisham Local Plan or any of the supporting documents please contact us via: 

  • Telephone: 02083147400. 
  • E-mail: localplan@lewisham.gov.uk
  • Post: Planning Service, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU.
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