Current Planning Policy Consultations

You can read the Local Development Scheme which sets out the council’s programme for the production of its Local Plan and associated documents.

The Council has commenced the review of its Local Plan which will be subject to on-going consultation.

The Council is consulting on proposals to confirm two Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights. One is for change of use from office and light industrial to dwellings. The other is for change of use of dwellings to houses in multiple occupation.

Consultation is from 24 October 2019 to 5 December 2019 (5pm).

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Brent’s existing Shopfronts and Shop Signs Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), adopted in 2003, is outdated, referring to planning policies that are no longer part of the development plan.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