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Other planning policy documents

Date updated: 7/26/2021
Planning Policy Library

Article 4 Direction

The City 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 Article 4 Direction is in the Planning Policy Library. This Article 4 Direction will expire 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 further Article 4 Direction will come into effect on 1 August 2022.

The City Corporation consulted on proposals to make this further Article 4 Direction between 17 May 2021 and 25 June 2021. The Article 4 Direction, evidence in support of the making of the Article 4 Direction and responses to the consultation are in the Planning Policy Library.

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.

The current version was published in December 2020 and is in the Planning Policy Library.

Statement of Community Involvement

The City Corporation wants all communities with 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 current version was published in 2016 but some temporary changes were agreed by the Planning and Transportation Committee in May 2020 to ensure that consultation procedures are consistent with Government health guidance issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The original SCI and the temporary changes are in the Planning Policy Library.

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.