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​A wide range of information has been compiled to support and justify the policies of the Local Plan and the Core Strategy which preceded it. The evidence base comprises:

  • Relevant plans and strategies prepared by the City Corporation and other agencies and authorities operating in the City and at regional and national level.
  • Research, studies and information that help to inform the City's policies.

Most of the documents in the evidence base are available to download below. To access those not available online please contact the Department of the Built Environment or email the Local Plan team.

The evidence base also contains archived research that informed the preparation of the Core Strategy, which was superseded in January 2015 and can be seen on our Archived Plans page.

The documents are organised under the themes and policies of the Local Plan.

A range of up to date data and analysis is available on the page Development and population information.


A world financial and business centre

1 Offices

2 Utilities infrastructure​

3 Security and safety​

4 Planning contributions

Key city places

5 The north of the City

6 Cheapside and St Paul's

7 Eastern Cluster

8 Aldgate

9 Thames and the Riverside

City culture and heritage

10 Design

11 Visitors, arts and culture

12 Historic environment

13 Protected views

14 Tall buildings

Environmental sustainability

15 Sustainable development and climate change

16 Public transport, streets and walkways

17 Waste

18 Flood risk

City communities

19 Open Spaces and recreation

20 Retailing

21 Housing

22 Social infrastructure and opportunities