Community-led neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a process intended to give local residents more say in the planning of their neighbourhoods. It is a government initiative that was introduced under the Localism Act.

Find out more about neighbourhood planning (Gov.UK)

You can also find information about neighbourhood planning including resources for developing a neighbourhood plan on the My Community website.

Develop a neighbourhood plan

You need to submit all of the following applications to us to develop a neighbourhood plan for your area:

  • neighbourhood area to set out the geographical boundaries of the neighbourhood
  • neighbourhood forum to set out the composition and the constitution of the forum
  • neighbourhood plan application.

The local community drives neighbourhood planning and decides the content of the plans.

Please note - Your plans must conform with the Royal Greenwich Local Plan.

There is no fee for the determination of any of the applications.

Send your submission to the Planning Policy team. Email or write to:

Planning policy
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Fifth floor
The Woolwich Centre
35 Wellington Street
Woolwich, SE18 6HQ

What happens next?

Neighbourhood Forum and Area applications will be published for a six week period of consultation. Officers will assess the applications and the Royal Borough of Greenwich will determine whether or not to establish the forum and designate the area.

Within five years of designation, a neighbourhood forum can prepare a neighbourhood plan. If the plan meets legislation requirements, the Council will arrange appropriate public consultation and submit the plan for independent examination.

Designated neighbourhood forums and areas

We have designated three neighbourhood forums and three neighbourhood areas.

Neighbourhood applications
 Group  Status  Date of decision  Documents
Charlton (London Forum)

Forum - designated

Area - amended boundary

22 February 2022

Moorings Forum Forum and Area - Accepted (designated) 25 June 2019
Lee Forum

Forum and Area - Accepted (designated)

Forum re-designated

Draft Neighbourhood Plan Submitted

29 Jan 2016

18 June 2021