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Local plan 2033 examination

The new borough-wide local plan 2033, known as LP33, will be the key strategic planning document used to direct and guide development in the borough up to 2033. Our aim is to make sure that the right amount of development is built in the right place at the right time so that the future needs of the borough are met.

On 23 January 2019, Hackney’s Local Plan 2033 was submitted to the planning inspectorate for examination. The submission documents and supporting documents, including summaries of the responses received during the consultation are available to view on this page.

Update on Local Plan 2033 – consultation on main modifications following the examination hearing sessions

Following the completion of the examination hearings for Hackney’s Local Plan 2033 (LP33) in June 2019, the plan has reached the next key stage in the process: consultation on proposed main modifications to the plan.

Comments are invited on the main modifications from 25 September 2019 to 6 November 2019. Comments can only be made on the specific changes contained in the schedule of main modifications and you should quote the reference of the change which you are commenting on, eg. MM1.

You can view documents on this page or at the planning duty desk, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street E8 1FB, or one of Hackney’s libraries.

Representations are invited on the main modifications from 25 September 2019 to 6 November 2019.

Please send any comments to: or Hackney Council, Strategic Planning, 2 Hillman Street, Hackney E8 1FB by 6 November 2019. You can speak to a member of the team on 020 8356 8062/8084.

At the same time as this consultation, the Council is taking the opportunity to publish additional modifications. They consist of changes such as typographical errors and factual updates. They do not form part of this consultation, but are provided for completeness:

What happens next

The Inspector will take into account the responses to the consultation before finally concluding whether or not a change along the lines of these main modifications is required to make the plan sound. The proposed main modifications are put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the local plan.

Planning Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Mrs Yvonne Wright BSc (Hons) DipT&CP DMS MSc MRTPI to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of London Borough of Hackney’s Local Plan 2033 (LP33).

Programme Officer

Mr Joshua Bwire has been appointed as the programme officer for the examination. He will organise the administration of the examination, liaise with the planning inspector and is your first point of contact for any matters related to the examination. Contact: Joshua Bwire, Local Plan 2033 Programme Officer, 2 Hillman Street, Hackney E8 1FB. Tel: 020 8356 6099. Email:

Updates from the Inspector

The examination hearing sessions started at 10am on Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Committee Room 102, Hackney Town Hall. All other sessions will start at either 9.30am or 2pm each day.

The following documents are now available:

Post hearing documents

Examination documents

The Inspector is in early stages of reading through the submitted Local Plan documentation and carrying out preparations for the Examination. She has however written to the Council at this early stage to outline a couple of initial queries as set out in the letter attached:

Further information on the examination process and key dates will be available in due course.

The Council’s response to Inspector’s initial queries

Written statements

The following Written Statements have been received in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs):

Matter 1

Matter 2

Matter 3

Matter 4

Matter 5

Matter 6

Matter 7

Matter 8

Matter 9

Outstanding matters

Statements of common ground

The Council have submitted the following Statements of Common Ground following dialogue with various parties:

Core submission documents

Evidence base

Protecting and enhancing heritage and leading the way in good urban design

Hackney’s people

Meeting Hackney’s housing need

A strong and competitive economy which benefits all

Planning for a vibrant town centre

Improving accessing and promoting sustainable transport

Hackney green and public spaces

Climate change

Additional evidence

Additional Evidence post Inspector’s MIQs

Viewing paper copies of the documents

Copies of the proposed submission local plan, policies map, integrated impact assessment and LP33 consultation statement, and access to the supporting documents, are available at the times and locations detailed in the statement of fact.

What happens next?

The planning inspectorate will appoint an independent planning inspector, to examine the plan and make recommendations on whether it can be adopted by the Council. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, published 2018, says that the previous NPPF, published 2012, will apply for the purpose of examining plans submitted on or before 24 January 2019.

The planning inspector, will examine the way in which it has been prepared ensuring it complies with procedural requirements and legislation. The NPPF (2012) says that local plans examinations will assess whether a plan is ‘sound’, that is if they are:

  • positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development
  • justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence
  • effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities
  • consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework

As part of the examination the planning inspector may decide to hold hearings – these are public meetings on specific topics based on the documents submitted by the local planning authority and the consultation responses submitted at the draft stage. As part of this the planning inspector may request additional information by set deadlines. Details of these requests of information and any hearings will be published and the programme officer will notify all participants.

This page will be updated during the examination process with further details.

Page updated on: 19 July 2019

Local Plan 2033 Programme Officer


Local Plan 2033 Programme Officer
2 Hillman Street
E8 1FB