Current Planning Policy Consultations

The Local Development Scheme which sets out the council’s programme for the production of its Local Plan and associated documents is available here

The Council has commenced the review of its Local Plan, further details can be found here

Closed Planning Policy Consultations

Brent Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD1) - Adopted on 12 November 2018

The Brent Design Guide (SPD1) provides advice on key urban design principles. It gives a positive message that Brent essentially welcomes and encourages new development of high quality design and recognises the benefits that it can bring. It aims to assist developers, designers, local communities, planning officers and the Planning Committee to better understand what is expected of new development depending on its surrounding context.

Consultation on this document closed on 5th July 2018. The comments received were addressed and Council’s Cabinet adopted the revised SPD1 on 12 November 2018. Brent’s previous Design Guide for New Development Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG17), adopted in 2001, is now revoked.

Further information is available at

Draft Shopfronts Supplementary Planning Document SPD3 - Adopted 18 June 2018

High quality shopfronts can radically improve the character and appearance of an area. This enhances the experience of the people visiting town centres. It is one strand of a number of initiatives that Brent Council is implementing to increase the vitality and viability of town centres, which is a key corporate priority.

The document also addresses the likely increase in demand for changes of use of shop premises to residential. The draft Supplementary Planning Document will assist with both the determination of prior approvals for permitted development and planning applications.

Brent’s existing Shopfronts and Shop Signs Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), adopted in 2003, is outdated, referring to planning policies that are no longer part of the development plan. This means that its weight as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications is limited. In addition the draft Shopfronts Supplementary Planning Document provides more extensive guidance and clarifies design expectations for applicants, planning officers and the community on what is likely to be granted planning permission.

Comments were open from 1 February 2018 to 15 March 2018.

Brent Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation - Closed 22 March 2018

The council has started work on a new Local Plan which will shape how the borough is developed in the future.

We consulted on an ‘Issues and Options’ document. This sets out more detail on the key planning challenges facing the Borough until 2041 and how we might address them. It asks a number of questions. The consultation period was from 8 February to 22 March 2018.

View further information about the new Local Plan

Article 4 directions consultation - Closed 7 September 2017 

Currently offices and some light industrial and storage or distribution centres can be turned into residential properties without the need for planning permission. The Council is concerned about the impact that these permitted development changes of use are having and potentially will have on its ability to effectively plan the area.

We are invited comments on two Article 4 Directions from 10 August to 7 September 2017. One covers the Wembley Growth Area and one that covers the Alperton Growth Area, Strategic Industrial Sites and Locally Significant Industrial Sites.

Following consultation it is anticipated that after considering representations received that a decision to confirm the orders will be made prior to the end of 2017.

Draft Mapesbury and Roe Green Village design guides Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) - Adopted 12 February 2018

The London Borough of Brent published and sought representations on the Mapesbury and Roe Green Village Design Guides Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) from 22 June to 4 August 2017.  The Council will consider the representations received.  These will be summarised and presented to Cabinet, along with officer responses and if necessary proposed amendments to the draft documents.  Cabinet will also decide whether to adopt the documents.  It is anticipated that this will be early 2018.

The draft guidance can be found here.

Residential extensions design guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD 2) – Adopted 15 January 2018

The draft SPD seeks to provide updated advice specific to residential extensions. It takes account of extensive changes that have occurred to residential permitted development rights since the Council’s existing Residential Extensions Guidance (SPG5) was adopted in September 2002. It seeks to balance the demand and needs of homeowners who want to extend their homes, with ensuring that the character of Brent is maintained or enhanced. View the SPD.

Statement of Community Involvement – Adopted 24 July 2017

The updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how we will involve local communities and other interested parties when we prepare our planning policies and determine planning applications. The SCI was adopted by Brent Council’s cabinet at its meeting on 24 July 2017. View the SCI. 

South Kilburn SPD – Adopted 19 June 2017

The council in association with the community and other partners produced a masterplan and SPD for the development of South Kilburn in 2005. Since the adoption of the 2005 SPD, local circumstances, national, regional and local planning policies have all substantially changed. These changes have warranted a more significant and strategic review of the South Kilburn SPD.  The amended SPD seeks to build on the positive transformation of South Kilburn that has taken place so far. It seeks to provide greater detail on how Development Plan policies will be interpreted in the South Kilburn Growth Area boundary, and supplements Core Strategy policy CP9 South Kilburn Growth Area. The SPD was adopted by Brent Council’s cabinet at its meeting on 19 June 2017. View the South Kilburn SPD

Basement SPD - Adopted 19 June 2017

The consultation ran consultations ran between 16 February and 30 March 2017 and is now closed. Parts of the borough have seen an increase in the number of applications for basement development. The detailed, illustrated guidance will help applicants to understand the factors that will be considered when assessing applications for such development. It also highlights other permissions and consents needed for basement development, such as building regulations and the Party Wall Act. The SPD was adopted by Brent Council’s cabinet at its meeting on 19 June 2017. View the Basement SPD.

Call for Sites - Closed 6 April 2017

The council undertook a 'call for sites' exercise to identify sites within the borough that may have potential for development over the plan period. The 'call for sites' was an early opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites within the borough for development. This will help inform the Local Plan review. Further information is available at