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Evidence base

The council has developed an extensive evidence base to help with the preparation of planning policy documents over the past few years.

Key pieces of technical evidence can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. Because some of the downloadable documents are large in file size, they may take some time to download, and some have been split into multiple sections. 


Housing Needs Study (2008) (PDF)
Impacts of Affordable Rent Study 2011 (PDF)
Islington Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (2011) (PDF)
Islington Student Accommodation Study (2012) (PDF)
North London Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (2011) (PDF)
Islington Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2017)
Islington Strategic Housing Market Assessment – Household Survey Results (2017)

Retail and Employment

Islington Employment Land Study - Review of B-use Premises and Permitted Development Rights (2016)  (PDF)
Islington Employment Land Study (2016) (PDF)
Hotels in Islington (2016) (PDF)
Islington Employment Clusters Update (2012) (PDF)
Islington Employment Study (2005) (appendices available on request) (PDF)
Islington Employment Study (2008) (PDF)
Islington  Hotels Study (2006)  (PDF)
Islington Retail and Leisure Study (2017)
Islington Retail Study (2005) (PDF)
Islington Retail Study (2008) (PDF)
Local Shopping Areas: review and healthcheck (2012) (PDF)
Town Centres: review and healthcheck (2012) (PDF)

Environment and Energy

Decentralised Energy Strategy  (PDF)
Habitats Directive Assessment  (PDF)
Habitats Survey (2011) (PDF)

Open Space, Sport and Recreation (PPG17) Assessment (2009) (links to separate page)

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PDF)
Promoting Zero Carbon Development - PPS1A evidence base (2009) (PDF)
Promoting Zero Carbon Development Phase 2 Report  (PDF)
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (2008) (links to separate page)


Farringdon Urban Design Study (links to separate page)

Tall Buildings Evidence (2010)  (PDF)
Vale Royal/Brewery Road LSIS Study (PDF)


Infrastructure Needs Assessment (2009) (PDF)

Islington Infrastructure Delivery Plan (2009) - summary, part 1, part 2part 3 



Combined policy viability study (2012) (appendices available on request) (PDF)
Islington Affordable Housing Viability Assessment (2009) (appendices available on request) (PDF)
Workspace Viability Report (2011) (appendices available on request) (PDF)

In addition to the above, data is used from a range of other sources such as the Greater London Authority and the Office of National Statistics, as well as research undertaken by various departments of Islington Council. This evidence is highlighted in documents when it is used.

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of the evidence base documents, or if you have any problems accessing them (i.e. any of the links above are broken or direct to the wrong document), please contact the Planning Policy team at

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