Planning policies and further information
Planning decisions are made by referring to a comprehensive framework of policies adopted over the years that outline what sort of borough we want to live in. These policies sit within a larger network of regional and national policies that we must also consider.
The Local Plan has replaced policies in the with the exception of 13 saved policies for Brent Cross and Cricklewood (These policies are contained within Chapter 12 of the UDP which can be found in the downloads box on the right hand side of the screen).
The Local Plan (needs a link to Local Plan here) includes a suite of Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs):
- The which sets out our vision, objectives and related strategic policies
- The which identifies future sites for development
- The which sets out the policy framework for decision making on planning applications.
- The (adopted January 2009).
- The (adopted March 2010).
- The emerging .
- A number of and which provide more detailed guidance on determining planning applications and S106 requirements.
- The for Barnet which sets out the timetable for the above documents.
- The which sets out the principles on how Barnet will consult with the community.
- The which assesses the performance of the Local Plan and identifies significant trends affecting Barnet.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)
These documents do not form part of the statutory development plan, however they provide further detailed guidance on policy topics such as:
SPDs are subject to public consultation and are an important consideration in planning decisions.
Town Centre Frameworks and Strategies
or strategies form the basis for managing and promoting positive change in identified town centres. These documents do not form part of the statutory development plan, but they are identified in the Local Plan as a way of improving for town centres. Town Centre Frameworks and Strategies are subject to public consultation and are also a material consideration in taking planning decisions.
Area Action Plans
An Area Action Plan (AAP) is a statutory planning document which forms part of Barnet’s Local Plan. It provides policies and guidance which will be used in the consideration of development proposals in a specific area within the borough and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications in the area.
The preparation of AAPs is based on the policies and proposals set out in the borough's Local Plan. However, they also reflect recent national and regional planning policy guidance set out in the and the Mayor's .
Adopted AAPs and Development Frameworks
These documents have been published to assist the public in designing their development proposals. Below is a list of guidance notes currently available.
On this page you can find everything you need to know about planning obligations.
In accordance with Regulations 11 and 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is given here that Barnet council’s cabinet adopted the Planning Obligations SPD on . The and the SPDs were also adopted on the same date.
The Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will sit beneath and implement Local Plan policies in the Core Strategy and the Development Management Policies setting out borough-wide requirements and best practice planning guidance. The SPD will be used as a material consideration and help inform decision making by the planning service and planning committees.
A Planning Obligation (also known as Section 106) is a legally binding agreement made between the developer and the council which is drafted where necessary to make an application acceptable in planning terms. The Planning Act 2008 and subsequent Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations (as amended) introduced the as a new method of raising money for infrastructure from development. CIL is considered to be fairer, more certain and transparent.
The Planning Obligations SPD focuses on when Planning Obligations will be required and the relationship with CIL. It sets the requirements for different scales of development as well as the procedural process for delivering a legal agreement.
The SPD replaces the Planning Obligations SPD which was first published in 2006 and the Interim Guidance Note Responding to the Recession: Bringing Flexibility to S106 Planning Obligations published in September 2009. It also replaces the following SPDs – Contributions to Education, Contributions to Health Facilities and Contributions to Libraries.
In the context of the adopted CIL in Barnet the Planning Obligations SPD helps clarify the site specific or local circumstances when Planning Obligations will be used. The following planning issues are covered:
1. Physical Infrastructure: Transport impact mitigation and travel plans
2. Social Infrastructure: Public open space, outdoor amenity space and children’s play space requirements
3. Social Infrastructure: Community, health and educational facilities
4. Green Infrastructure: Environmental requirements in relation to air quality, noise pollution and biodiversity
Further types of contributions may also be relevant to your scheme. The best way of being certain of the negotiated contributions that will apply to a planning application is to discuss these in a pre-application advice session.