Policy H2 Small Sites
The London Plan has a very interesting section under Housing- Policy H2 Small Sites:
A Small sites should play a much greater role in housing delivery and boroughs should pro-actively support well-designed new homes on small sites through both planning decisions and plan-making in order to:
1) significantly increase the contribution of small sites to meeting London’s housing needs
2) diversify the sources, locations, type and mix of housing supply
3) support small and medium-sized housebuilders
4) support those wishing to bring forward custom, self-build and community-led housing.
C Boroughs should increase planning certainty on small sites by:
1) identifying and allocating appropriate small sites for residential development
2) listing these sites on their brownfield registers
3) granting permission in principle on specific sites or preparing local development orders.
This ideally means that small sites are identified on the Brownfield Register. As a resident of Tower Hamlets, I had a look at their Brownfield Register today. A large majority of the sites are not “small sites” and the land are mostly not owned by the council.
Some of these are identified below:
Whitechapel South- 12.71Ha
Bow Common Gas Works- 3.94Ha
Marion Place Gasworks and the Oval- 4.41Ha
Bishopsgate Goods Yard- 4.46Ha
Nine of the sites have planning applications on them.
While this is a good start by Tower Hamlets, more effort is needed to identify brownfield sites that are less than 0.25Ha for small sites development. These site should not already have planning applications put in for them!
Minutes and sites are found here under item 5.12 Publication of Brownfield Register.