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Services at a glance

Pre Application Services

Planning Applications

Certificates of Lawfulness

Permitted Development

Planning Appeals


Heritage & Conservation

Prior Approvals

Changes of Use

Supporting Statements

Drawings & CGI

Consultation Services

  • The London Borough of Lewisham includes:

    • Conservation Areas

    • Sites of Nature Conservation Importance

    • Metropolitan Open Land

    These designations aim to preserve both the built and natural environments within the borough.

  • Blackheath, Deptford High Street, Forest Hill, and Sydenham Hill​

  • The London Borough of Lewisham is covered by the postcode districts SE3, SE4, SE6, SE8, SE9, SE12, SE13, SE14, SE15, SE23, SE26.


Lewisham, located in South East London, is a borough known for its dynamic urban planning and diverse communities. The borough includes areas such as Lewisham Town Centre, Blackheath, and Deptford, each with its unique character and amenities. Lewisham Town Centre features a mix of historic buildings and modern developments, including the popular Lewisham Shopping Centre. Blackheath is known for its expansive heathland and charming village atmosphere. Deptford, with its vibrant arts scene and historic docklands, adds to the borough’s cultural diversity. The borough’s planning strategy emphasizes the regeneration of key areas, with projects such as the Lewisham Gateway development transforming the town center. Lewisham’s extensive green spaces, including Hilly Fields and Beckenham Place Park, provide residents with ample recreational opportunities. The borough’s excellent transport links, including the DLR, Overground, and numerous bus routes, enhance its connectivity. Lewisham’s commitment to urban regeneration and sustainable development makes it a desirable place to live and work.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Core Strategy, June 2011.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Grove Park, Corbett Estate.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Local Plan review ongoing, expected adoption by 2025.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Housing, Design, and Sustainability.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 51% - Not Acceptable (requires significant improvement)​

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 1,200

  • Applications Decided: 1,150

  • Appeals Allowed: 14

  • Appeals Dismissed: 22

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 81%

  • Analysis: Lewisham processed 1,200 applications and decided 1,150 of them. There were 14 appeals allowed and 22 appeals dismissed. The percentage of applications determined within the statutory period was 81%, indicating strong administrative efficiency and robust decision-making processes.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU

Phone: 020 8314 7400


Website: Lewisham Borough Council

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