Local Development Framework

Core Strategy with detailed policies

The Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with detailed policies (Core Strategy in short) was adopted on 30 July 2014. 

The Core Strategy provides a long-term vision for Greenwich and also contains detailed policies to guide development. 

It is the key strategic planning document for Greenwich and will be used to help shape development and determine planning applications.

View the adopted Core Strategy (Core Strategy portal)

Judicial review period

Any person aggrieved by the adoption of the Core Strategy may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that:

  • The document is not within the appropriate power
  • A procedural requirement has not been complied with

Any such application must be made within six weeks from the date of adoption of this Core Strategy (that is, before Wednesday 10 September 2014).

Read Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Legislation UK website)

Previous stages

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has consulted on the Core Strategy on three separate occasions.

List of previous consultations
Consultation document Dates of consultation 
Proposed submission Core Strategy  19 February to 14 May 2013 
Draft Core Strategy  12 November to 5 February 2011 
Issues and options document  25 February to 7 April 2008 
  • Issues and options: This was the first stage of consultation on the Core Strategy. It set out what were considered to be the key planning issues facing Greenwich and a range of options for addressing them.
  • Draft Core Strategy: The feedback from the Royal Borough received in response to the issues and options consultation helped to shape the draft Core Strategy and included summaries of what you told us and reasonable alternatives
  • Proposed submission: This final stage of consultation brought together the comments from previous consultations and was a formal process in which we asked you whether the Core Strategy was 'sound'. For further information on 'soundness', please see section 182 of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework

The Royal Borough of Greenwich submitted the Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 9 September 2013 for independent examination. An examination in public commenced in December 2013 and main modifications were consulted upon from 27 February 2014 to 9 April 2014. The inspector's report was received in May 2014. The Core Strategy was found to be sound subject to the five main modifications.

Read earlier drafts of the Core Strategy on the Core Strategy Portal

Sustainability appraisal

The sustainability appraisal scoping report was the initial document for the sustainability appraisal of the emerging Greenwich Local Plan. The initial sustainability appraisal assessed each option put forward in the Core Strategy issues and options document against the objectives established in the sustainability appraisal scoping report. The assessment compared the advantages and disadvantages of the main environmental, social and economic implications of each option.

The sustainability appraisal was updated in February 2013, assessing the proposed submission version of the Core Strategy with development management policies. It was updated again in June 2014 to assess the main modifications.