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The London Plan is a planning document written by the Mayor of London in the United Kingdom and published by the Greater London Authority. The plan was first published in final form on 10 February 2004 and has since been amended.
The plan replaced the previous strategic planning guidance for London issued by the Secretary of State and known as RPG3. It is a requirement of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Act 1999 that the document is produced and that it deals only with matters that are of strategic importance to Greater London. The Act also requires that the London Plan includes in its scope:
- the health of Londoners
- equality of opportunity
- contribution to sustainable development in the United Kingdom
The plan is a spacial development strategy for the Greater London area and has six objectives:
- To accommodate London’s growth within its boundaries without encroaching on open spaces
- To make London a better city for people to live in
- To make London a more prosperous city with strong and diverse economic growth
- To promote social inclusion and tackle deprivation and discrimination
- To improve London’s accessibility
- To make London a more attractive, well-designed and green city
 Sub regions
For the purposes of the plan, London is divided into five sub regions. They are:
|Central London||Camden, Lambeth, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Southwark, Westminster|
|East London||Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets|
|North London||Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest|
|South London||Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth|
|West London||Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow|
Also identified in the plan is a Central Activities Zone which includes areas with a very high concentration of metropolitan activities. The London part of the Thames Gateway zone is entirely contained within the East London sub region.
All town centres are categorised into two international centres, the West End and Knightsbridge; ten metropolitan centres such as Bromley, Croydon, Sutton and Romford; 35 major centres such as Brixton, East Ham, Orpington and Woolwich; and 156 district centres such as Hornchurch, Penge, Stoke Newington and Welling. Over 1,200 smaller neighbourhood and local centres are also identified in the plan.
|International centres (2)||West End, Knightsbridge|
|Metropolitan centres (10)||Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Kingston, Ilford, Romford, Sutton, Wood Green.|
|Major centres (35)||Angel, Barking and Dagenham, Bexleyheath, Brixton, Camden Town, Catford, Chiswick, Clapham Junction, Dalston, East Ham, Edgware, Eltham, Enfield Town, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington High Street, King's Road East, Kilburn, Lewisham, Nag's Head, Orpington, Peckham, Putney, Richmond, Queensway/Westbourne Grove, Southall, Stratford, Streatham, Tooting, Uxbridge, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Wembley, Wimbledon, Woolwich|
|District centres (156)|
|Neighbourhood and local centres (1,200)|
 Early amendments
Draft amendedments were made to the London Plan covering housing provision targets, waste and minerals in October 2005. They will form part of the plan from June 2006 after public examination.
 Further alterations
Consultation is taking place between 30 May 2006 and 21 July 2006 for further alterations to the plan which are based on the Statement of Intent to Review the London Plan published in December 2005. The review has ten themes:
- Climate change
- London as a world city
- The London Economy
- Tackling social exclusion
- London’s geography: the sub-regions and inter-regions
- London’s suburbs
- Liveability (including safety, security and open spaces)
- The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- The London Plan, February 2004.
- Review of the London Plan, Statement of Intent, December 2005.
 External links
- London Plan - Page at GLA website
- London Plan Summary (PDF)
- Review of the London Plan - Statement of Intent (PDF)