Lambeth adopts new Local Plan, and updated charges for developers

27 September 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth councillors have formally adopted a new vision for the development of the borough from now until 2035.

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Lambeth adopts new Local Plan, and updated charges for developers

At a meeting of the Full Council on 22 September, members voted to adopt the Lambeth Local Plan 2021.

The Plan provides a blueprint for delivering the council’s Borough Plan priorities of creating inclusive growth, reducing inequality and building strong and sustainable neighbourhoods – as well as tackling the climate crisis.

Councillors also agreed a new charging schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which is paid by developers to the council as part of the planning process and is used to contribute towards essential infrastructure improvements across the borough.

The Lambeth Local Plan 2021

The Lambeth Local Plan 2021 was formally adopted by Lambeth Council on 22 September 2021.

Adoption of the Plan comes after an independent examination where the Plan was found to be sound, subject to the ‘main modifications’ that were consulted on in February and March 2021.

The adopted Local Plan, Changes to the Policies Map document, the Adoption Statement and Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement have been published online. Physical copies will be available to  view after 1 October 2021 at any Lambeth library during normal opening hours or at  the Lambeth Civic Centre (by appointment, by emailing

A new Policies Map 2021 is currently being prepared and will be issued as soon as possible after adoption.  In the meantime, the Policies Map consists of the Policies Map 2015 plus the changes set out in the document ‘Changes to the Policies Map 2015 (September 2021)’.

The Lambeth Local Plan 2021 supersedes the Lambeth Local Plan 2015 and provides a strong and up-to-date planning policy basis to support the Council’s objective of sustainable and inclusive growth in the borough, including delivery of new housing  and affordable housing, economic development, design quality, place-shaping, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule

Lambeth Council has formally approved a revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.

Lambeth’s revised CIL Charging Schedule will replace in full the current CIL Charging Schedule that was adopted in 2014 and will take effect from 1 January 2022. The new CIL rates will apply to chargeable developments that have been granted permission on or after 1 January 2022. The old rates will continue to apply to chargeable developments that were granted permission before this date.

Under the new charging schedule, Lambeth will be split into four charging zones rather than three under the previous CIL charging schedule. Zone A will include Waterloo and Vauxhall Nine Elms; Zone B will remain as Kennington, Oval and Clapham; Brixton, Tulse Hill and Herne Hill will form Zone C and Streatham and West Norwood forms Zone D.

The new CIL rates include the following:

  • Higher rates for residential development of £500 per square metre in Zone A, £350 per square metre in Zone B, £250 per square metre in Zone C and £200 per square metre in Zone D
  • Higher rates for offices at £225 per square metre in Zones A and B. Office developments in Zones C and D will not be charged.
  • Higher rates for hotels at £200 per square metre in Zone A while a lower rate of £75 per square metre will be charged in the rest of the borough.
  • Large retail developments with over 280 square metres in floorspace area will be charged a flat £225 per square metre across the entire borough.

The Lambeth CIL Charging Schedule 2022 has been published on the Council’s website.