Local Plan review: Draft City Plan 2040
What is City Plan 2040?
The new Local Plan, called City Plan 2040 (previously City Plan 2036), is a plan for the future development of the City of London, setting out what type of development the City of London Corporation expects to take place and where. It sets out the City Corporation's vision, strategy and objectives for planning up to 2040, together with policies that will guide future decisions on planning applications. Once adopted, the new Plan will replace the Local Plan 2015.
Housing Call for Sites Consultation
The City Corporation undertook a ‘Call for Sites’ consultation between 23 May-July 2022, to help identify potential sites for new housing development. The City Corporation is reviewing the responses to this consultation as part of the drafting of the City Plan 2040.
City Plan 2040 preparatory stages
The City Plan 2040 must go through several stages before it can be adopted. The first stage was a consultation in autumn 2016 on an Issues and Options. The second stage was a consultation, November 2018-February 2019, on a full Draft Plan. The third stage was a consultation between 19 March-10 May 2021 on the Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19 consultation). The documents published at each stage are in the Planning Policy Library. For ease of reference, the Proposed Submission Draft City Plan and consultation responses to the Proposed Submission Draft are on this page.
Due to issues raised by The Mayor of London in relation to tall buildings and to a range of other factors, including the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Draft City Plan process will be paused. This will allow time to undertake more evidence gathering and ensure that the Draft City Plan will provide a robust framework for a post Covid City. The Draft City Plan’s end date has been changed to 2040 to align with the commitment in the City Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy to support the achievement of net zero for the Square Mile by 2040.
- January–September 2022: more evidence gathering, informal stakeholder engagement and drafting revised version of the City Plan
- September-December 2022: Committee approval process
- December 2022-February 2023: Consultation on Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2040
- March 2023: Submission to Secretary of State for examination by independent Planning Inspector
- Autumn 2023: Anticipated examination hearing sessions
- Early 2024: Anticipated adoption of the City Plan.
The previously published Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2036 can be viewed and downloaded below, together with Policies Maps A and B showing which policies apply to specific locations.
The Proposed Submission Draft City Plan 2036 was 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 in the Planning Policy Library under the City Plan 2036, Evidence base category. Lower down the page there is more information on the IIA and HRA.
Evidence base and assessments
Integrated Impact and Habitats Regulation Assessments
Preparation of the City Plan 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.