Local Plan review: Draft City Plan 2036
What is City Plan 2036?
The new Local Plan, called City Plan 2036, is a plan for the future development of the City of London, setting out what type of development the City Corporation expects to take place and where. It sets out the City Corporation's vision, strategy and objectives for planning up to 2036, together with policies that will guide future decisions on planning applications. Once adopted, the new Plan will replace the current City of London Local Plan adopted in January 2015.
The stages of preparing City Plan 2036
The City Plan 2036 must go through several stages before it can be adopted. The first stage was a consultation on an Issues and Options, which was carried out in the in autumn 2016. The second stage was a consultation on a full Draft Plan which was carried out between November 2018 and February 2019. Documents published at the Issues and Options and Draft Plan stages are in the Planning Policy Library.
Consultation on the Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2036
The City Corporation consulted on the Proposed Submission Draft of the City Plan 2036 (Regulation 19 consultation) between 19 March 2021 and 10 May 2021. The responses from individuals and organisations are below.
In light of issues raised by the Mayor of London in relation to tall buildings and a range of other factors, including the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to pause the preparation of the Draft City Plan to undertake further evidence gathering and ensure that it provides a robust framework for a post Covid City and then to re-consult on an amended version towards the end of 2022. At a meeting on 14 December 2021, the City Corporation's Planning and Transportation Committee agreed a report which explains the background to this decision and includes a revised timetable.
The report can be viewed here: Planning and Transportation Committee Report
The Proposed Submission City Plan 2036 can be viewed and downloaded below, together with Policies Maps A and B showing which policies apply to specific locations. The track changes version of the City Plan 2036 shows the changes made to the Plan since the previous draft Plan version.
The Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2036 is accompanied by a range of important documents which explain and justify the proposed policies, including:
- Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA)
- Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
- Consultation Statement
- Duty to Co-operate Statement
- Evidence base documents
These documents, including various studies and a series of topic papers on key issues, are also in the Planning Policy Library under the City Plan 2036, Evidence base category. The topic papers are:
Lower down the page there is more information on the IIA and HRA. The eight appendices for the IIA are in the Planning Policy Library, Evidence base category
Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2036 ‘track changes’ version.
Evidence base and assessments
Integrated Impact and Habitats Regulation Assessments
Preparation of the City Plan 2036 is being informed by:
- Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) which combines a Sustainability Appraisal, Equalities Impact Assessment and Health Impact Assessment.
- Habitats Regulations Assessment to assess whether the new Plan would have any significant effects on sites designated as being of European importance for their biodiversity.
These documents are in the Planning Policy Library.