List of supporting documents

List of supporting documents

We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are in the process of updating the following guidance pages.

Please check the list of Camden’s Local Area Requirements July 2018 (PDF) for the most up to date information before submitting your application

Planning statements

For many types of proposed development, a planning statement will need to accompany your planning application.

The information below provides further details about when a planning statement is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is a planning statement required?

A planning statement should accompany applications for:

What information should be included in a planning statement?

The information that should be included in a planning statement is dependent on the nature of the proposed development and the type of application that will be submitted.

All major developments

For all major developments, planning statements should include the following information:

  • an explanation of the principles behind (and justification for) the proposed development
  • an explanation of how the proposed development fits with the policies and supplementary planning documentation outlined in our Local Development Framework
  • details of any pre-application consultation activities that have been undertaken

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Developments that involve carrying out work on a listed building

For developments that involve carrying out work on a listed building, planning statements should include the following information:

  • an explanation of the principles behind (and justification for) the proposed development
  • an explanation of how the proposed development fits with the policies and supplementary planning documentation outlined in our Local Development Framework
  • details of any pre-application consultation activities that have been undertaken

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Developments that involve a change of use from commercial to a residential property

For developments that involve the change of use of a commercial property to a residential property, planning statements should include the following information:

  • evidence that there is no demand to use the property for an alternative business use
  • evidence that alternative uses and layouts have been considered
  • evidence that the property has been marketed at a realistic price for a period of at least two years

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Developments that involve the operation of a mini-cab office

For developments that involve operating a mini-cab office, planning statements should include the following information:

  • details of whether drivers are remote or office based
    • where remote based, information should be provided about how drivers are contacted
    • where office based, information should be provided stating how many mini-cabs will be operating

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Developments that involve the operation of a place of worship or community facility

For developments that involve operating a place of worship or community facility, planning statements should include the following information:

  • a list of activities that will be carried out and the likely number of people that will attend
    • for example, services of worship, clubs or meetings

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Lawful Development Certificates

For applications for Lawful Development Certificates, planning statements should include the following information:

  • one or more sworn statements from a person with personal knowledge of the existing use or works carried out
    • these should relate specifically to the areas shown on any floor plans
  • records such as rent books, evidence of Council tax and utility bills being paid, builders receipts for works, bank details, advertisements relating to a business, invoices, tax returns and dated photographs

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Alterations to previously approved applications

For an alteration to a previously approved development (such as a variation of a condition or a minor material or non-material amendment), planning statements should include the following information:

  • a description of how the proposed alteration differs from what has previously been approved
    • this can be provided in the format of a schedule
  • justification of why the alteration is required
    • for example, to extend the opening hours of a restaurant

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How do I submit a planning statement?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your planning statement after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our LINK TO href="/redirect?oid=%5Bcom.arsdigita.cms.contenttypes.FileStorageItem%3A%7Bid%3D2671013%7D%5D">guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF, 109KB).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your planning statement along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a planning statement, please LINK TO href="/redirect?oid=%5Bcom.arsdigita.cms.contenttypes.SiteProxy%3A%7Bid%3D45192%7D%5D">contact the duty planner