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Neighbourhood Planning

Local communities have the ability to shape development within their area by preparing neighbourhood plans. Find out more about this process and our role as a local planning authority.

During the period that the Legacy Corporation has been the Local Planning Authority for its area one neighbourhood forum, the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum, has been designated. This designation was made in July 2015.  The Forum went on to prepare a draft neighbourhood plan which progressed to its formal Examination stage in 2019.

The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations limit the life span of a designated Neighbourhood Forum to five years. This five-year period of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum expired in July 2020.

No application to renew the designation of the Forum has been received to date. As such, currently there are no designated boroughhood forums within the Legacy Corporation Area.

Information about how to apply to be designated as a neighbourhood forum can be found in section Neighbourhood Planning below.

Neighbourhood planning

Following the Localism Act 2011, local communities have the ability to shape development within their area by preparing Neighbourhood Plans.  Planning policies contained within Neighbourhood Plans will become part of the planning framework for the area and will be used to guide future planning decisions within that neighbourhood. Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the London Plan and local planning policies contained within the adopted development Plan (in this case borough Core Strategies and Area Action Plans until the adoption of the Legacy Corporation’s Local Plan).

The first stages in the neighbourhood planning process are applications to the local planning authority to become a designated neighbourhood forum for a defined neighbourhood area. This process can be done jointly or as two separate applications. As a non-parished area, neighbourhood planning applications within the Legacy Corporation area should be determined within 13 weeks unless they cover parts of more than one local authority area, in which case the deadline will be 20 weeks. 

Once designated, a neighbourhood forum can then start the process of Neighbourhood Plan preparation for its designated neighbourhood area. This will involve extensive local community consultation, independent examination and finally a vote by public referendum before it can be used as a part of the planning framework for the area.

It is the Legacy Corporation’s role, as a local planning authority, to advise and give non-financial support to groups wishing to utilise these powers in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan as well as manage neighbourhood planning applications. 

For any queries in relation to neighbourhood planning within the Legacy Corporation area please contact the Planning Policy team by email at:

PlanningPolicy@londonlegacy.co.uk; or by post at:

Planning Policy (Neighbourhood Planning)
Planning Policy and Decisions Team
London Legacy Development Corporation
Level 9
5 Endeavour Square
E20 1JN

Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan


An independent examine, Mr Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ, has been appointed to undertake the examination for the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan (GCNP).

The Examiner sent his Report to the Legacy Corporation and Forum on 18th March 2020. The report can be viewed using the link below:

Following the submission of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the Examiner has issued the Procedural Letter: 

The Examiner issued a number of questions for the Neighbourhood Forum, the LLDC and the London Borough of Newham: 

Further to the procedural letter, the London Legacy Development Corporation has prepared a letter expressing views on the submitted Plan in its role as local planning authority and a further letter responding to the Examiners questions of 11th December 2019 which can be viewed using the links below:

The London Borough of Newham and GC Neigboughood Forum letters responding to the Examiner question of 11th December can also be viewed using the links below: 

Consultation on proposed Submitted Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan

On 17th June 2019, the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents to the Legacy Corporation, for public consultation. The submission on documents comprises of:

The consultation period run between 3rd July 2019 and 31st August 2019. A summary of representations made during Regulation 16 Consultation can be find HERE.

Following the close of consultation period, the Legacy Corporation collated the representations received and sent them alongside the submitted documents to an appointed Neighbourhood Planning Examiner. The Examiner will then come to a view as to whether the Plan meets the ‘Basic Conditions Test’ as set out in paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan – Screening Opinion for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum has submitted its proposed Neighbourhood Plan for its Neighbourhood Area. In its role as the relevant Local Planning Authority, the Legacy Corporation undertook consultation on a draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Opinion to determine whether or not it considered that a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was required as part of the Neighbourhood Plan preparation process.

The consultation ran from Thursday 6 April to Friday 12 May 2017. The results of this concluded that a formal SEA was not required.

The final SEA Screening Opinion can be viewed and/or downloaded below:

Greater Carpenters proposed neighbourhood forum and neighbourhood area – consultation on application

The Legacy Corporation received a joint application for designation of a Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum for the Greater Carpenters area on 28 April 2015. Following the decision of the Board at its meeting of 21 July 2015 the Legacy Corporation has now designated both the Neighbourhood Forum and the Neighbourhood Area.

In accordance with Regulation 7 (1) and 10 (1) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 the following information is available and is contained within the: Carpenters Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area Joint Application

  • The name of the Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum
  • A map of the relevant Neighbourhood Area
  • A copy of the written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum
  • Contact details for a member of the Neighbourhood Forum
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