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Date updated: 7/12/2022
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The City of London Corporation is consulting on an update to its Statement of Community Involvement and new guidelines for how developers should engage with local communities.

Statement of Community Involvement

The City Corporation wants all communities in the City to be able to contribute to the planning decisions that shape its future. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how we consult and involve the public when preparing planning policies and decide planning applications.

The original SCI, published in 2016 and the temporary changes made to take account of Covid-19 Government health guidance are in the Planning Policy Library.

The City Corporation is now consulting on both the SCI, the lists of consultees and the Developer Engagement Guidelines, seeking comments and views from all of the City’s communities.

The consultation is from Friday 9 December 2022 until 5pm on Friday 3 February 2023.

Comments should be sent by email to: Planning Policy Consultation Team

Or by post to:
Development Plans Team
Environment Department
City of London Corporation
London EC2P 2EJ

Draft Statement of Community Involvement PDF (950KB)
The City of London Corporation is consulting on a revised SCI
Date submitted: 5/12/22
Draft Statement of Community Involvement Appendix A PDF (150KB)
Draft Statement of Community Involvement Appendix A
Date submitted: 5/12/22
Draft Statement of Community Involvement Appendix B PDF (150KB)
Draft Statement of Community Involvement Appendix B
Date submitted: 5/12/22
Draft Developer Engagement Guidelines PDF (700KB)
Guidelines for developers on how to engage and consult on developments, supporting the draft Statement of Community Involvement
Date submitted: 7/12/22

Article 4 Direction

The City of London Corporation adopted an Article 4 Direction which removes the National Permitted Development Right in the City of London so that planning permission is needed for a change of use from office to residential. The original Article 4 Direction expired on 31 July 2022.  

On 23 July 2021, the City Corporation confirmed the making of a further non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove national permitted development rights for the change of use of offices (Use Class E(g)(i)) to residential (Use Class C3) under the 2020 amendments to the Use Classes Order. This one came into effect on 1 August 2022.

Go the to Planning Policy Library for the Article 4 Directions and supporting documents. 

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the programme for preparing the City of London Corporation's plans and policies, including the opportunity to participate. The LDS is updated regularly.

Local Development Scheme PDF (700KB)
The City Corporation’s planning policies are contained in a number of documents. The Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlines the content of these documents and the programme for preparing or reviewing them.
Date submitted: 9/11/22

Housing Delivery Test

The National Housing Delivery Test compares the Government's assessment of the local housing requirements with government data on the local housing delivery. The Test is published annually and looks at housing delivery performance over the previous three years, giving local planning authority a percentage score of housing delivery against the housing requirement.

The Housing Delivery Test-2019 measurement requires that the City Corporation prepare a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan. This is available in the Planning Policy Library.