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Local Plan Review

Islington's Local Plan review

Each Local Planning Authority is required to have an up to date Local Plan setting out the policies and proposals that will guide development in the area over the next 10 to 15 years.

Islington has an adopted Local Plan made up of several documents, including the: 

We are currently reviewing the adopted Local Plan. This will allow us to respond to changes that have happened at the national and London-wide levels since the Plan's existing policies were adopted, and consider the latest evidence on key issues.

Examination on the Local Plan 

The council submitted the Islington Local Plan to the Secretary of State on 12 February 2020. The Examination in Public has now started, which is the last stage of the plan making process.Once the Islington Local Plan has been adopted it will be the Local Plan for Islington and will replace the existing Local Plan which was adopted in 2011 and 2013.

For further information please see the Local Plan examination page.

Previous consultations on the Local Plan Review

We consulted on the Local Plan: Scope of the Review document from 28 November 2016 to 27 February 2017. We also undertook a 'Call for Sites' consultation to identify future development sites for a range of uses. This consultation was the first stage in the formal plan production process.

From 12 February to 26 March 2018, we consulted on a Site Allocations Direction of Travel document, which identified over 150 sites where new housing, workspaces, shops, open spaces, or leisure and community facilities could be provided over the next 15 years.

From 20 November 2018 to 14 January 2019, the council consulted on a Regulation 18 draft of the new Local Plan. Download the consultation drafts and supporting documents on the consultation page (under 'Useful documents').

From 5 September until 18 October 2019, the council invited representations on the Proposed Submission (Regulation 19) Local Plan: Strategic and Development Management Policies, Site Allocations and Bunhill and Clerkenwell Area Action Plan Development Plan Documents. Download the consultation drafts and supporting documents on the consultation page.

Local Plan Review Evidence Base  

The Local Plan Review has been informed by a number of studies and other evidence-based documents.



Islington Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2017)


Islington Strategic Housing Market Assessment – Household Survey Results (2017)


Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (July 2019)


Employment and retail


Islington Employment Land Study (2016)


Islington Employment Land Study - Review of b-use premises and permitted development rights (2016)


Hotels in Islington (2016)


Islington Retail and Leisure Study (2017)


Energy and environment


Islington Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) Review (2018)


Islington Energy Evidence Base study (November 2017)


Open space, sport and recreation (PPG17) assessment (2009)


Islington Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) (August 2018)





Infrastructure Delivery Plan - Update Report 2019


London Borough of Islington Sports Facilities Update 2018


Design and heritage

Islington Tall Buildings Study (November 2018) – Part 1Part 2Appendices A-C 


Vale Royal/Brewery Road LSIS study (2016)



Small sites affordable housing contribution - Viability Study (2019)


Islington Draft Local Plan Viability Study (December 2018)



Statements of Common Ground

A Statement of Common Ground (SCG) highlights agreement on cross boundary strategic issues with neighbouring authorities and other relevant organisations. The Council has agreed the following Statements of Common Ground:

London Borough of Camden  PDF 
London Borough of Haringey  PDF
City of London Corporation PDF
Greater London Authority PDF

The Council is continuing discussions with the London Borough of Hackney with a view to agreeing a Statement of Common Ground. Please see the Statement of Common Ground note for Hackney for further information. 

Where further Statements of Common Ground are agreed, they will be published on this page.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Local Plan Review, or if you have any problems accessing the documents, please contact the Planning Policy Team.

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