The planning process

New affordable homes are much needed in Tower Hamlets, with a growing population, new jobs, and increased investment in local services. The planning system seeks to ensure that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying what development is needed and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and in assessing whether proposed development is suitable. To do this, all planning decisions are assessed against the Development Plan (Local Plan and London Plan) for the area, as well as taking into account a wide range of other relevant, often site specific, factors.

The current Development Plan identifies the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) as a place for regeneration and growth. The vision is to deliver a mix of new homes, jobs and community facilities.

We are in the process of creating a detailed masterplan for the development of the Exmouth estate which will include around 230 new homes alongside new community facilities and open space.

To help us make sure that this best meets the needs of the community, we've been consulting with estate residents and have set up the Exmouth Residents’ Steering Group (ERSG) - a group of residents that are helping with the design process. This is in accordance with current good practice guidance.

We will then submit these designs as a Planning Application to LBTH in March/April 2021. The plans will then be scrutinised by LBTH and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

For more information to help you understand how planning works you can download a plain English guide here.