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Local Plan development and review

This page provides information on how our Local Plan is developed, evidenced, consulted on, monitored, and reviewed.

If you want to look at what the Local Plan currently contains (such as the policies and considerations that will affect whether a proposal can be granted permission) please refer to the Local Plan page. ​​​​​​​​​

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Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme tells you how we prepare our plans and what planning documents we will publish in the coming years. The current LDS was approved by councillors at the Cabinet meeting on 22 November 2017.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) (July 2015) explains how we will engage with local and statutory stakeholders to prepare local planning documents and carry out development management functions.
​Please note we are consulting on an update to the SCI between June and August 2019.

You can view the draft document and find out details of how to respond to the consultation here.​

Evidence we use to create the Local Plan

Evidence and information we use to create and inform the Local Plan is known as the evidence base. A variety of evidence base documents are hosted below – other older documents that informed specific pieces of work are also available to view on the planning policy documents page.
The main studies and reports:

How we monitor the Local Plan

To gauge how the Local Plan is working and help inform any changes that might be made to it, we produce a series of Authority Monitoring Reports (AMRs) that look at:

  • outputs, such as how many homes of what type and size were granted permission and built in a year, or how much and where commercial floorspace has been developed in a year
  • outcomes, such as changes in people’s health, employment status or satisfaction with the area
  • contextual data, such as population growth and other related changes like the number of school-aged children.

Monitoring allows us to assess:   

  • whether we are delivering what we said we would through planning (such as homes and jobs)
  • what (if any) policies need tightening to help make sure we are delivering our vision
  • whether policies and strategy are still in-step with the latest issues effecting the borough.
This monitoring data used to be published all at once in an Annual Monitoring Report but we are now required to publish data as soon as it is available, rather than annually.

AMR bulletins are produced on a variety of topics, those up to and including 2017/18 followed the Monitoring Framework set out in the 2012 Core Strategy, any more recent AMR bulletins will follow the monitoring indicators embedded within each policy of the Newham Local Plan 2018.


AMR Bulletins:


Housing Delivery Test Action plan

Along with the monitoring undertaken through AMR bulletins, under the Government's recently introduced Housing Delivery Test (HDT) we are required to prepare an 'Action Plan' document, assessing the causes of historic housing delivery levels and identifying actions to increase delivery in future years.

Newham's response to the Housing Delivery Test and associated Action Plan ​(PDF)

Stakeholder Database and consultations

We consult on emerging planning documents in accordance with nationally-prescribed regulations and our published SCI (see above).

Find out about current and recent consultations at the planning consultations page.

If you would like to be notified regarding Local Plan consultations and other key stages (e.g. adoption), please fill in the Stakeholder Database subscription form.
Please note that the database may also be used to publicise other council consultations that relate to development and regeneration.

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