Spatial planning

Our role is to support the Mayor's Transport Strategy and help deliver good growth for London. We do this by helping planning applicants - the rest of TfL, the GLA, boroughs, and others - to integrate land use and transport planning.

To do this we:

  • Promote better urban design and place-making
  • Embed the right transport policies in the London Plan and local plans
  • Mitigate and improve new development
  • Capture developer funding for vital transport investment

Our case officers are split into four geographical area teams and a Planning Obligations team. The managers and boroughs for each area are shown in this map.

When we receive your planning application or policy consultation, a case officer will be assigned. You only need to take action if we ask for further information about transport in your proposals.

We are the highway authority for the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), also known as red routes. Under the Town and Country (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010, we must be consulted on all planning applications:

  • Likely to result in a material increase in the volume - or a material change in the character - of traffic entering or leaving the TLRN
  • Likely to prejudice the improvement or construction of the TLRN
  • Involving alteration of any means of access to the TLRN
  • Consisting of or including the laying out or construction of a new TLRN street

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, we also have a legal duty to ensure that any development does not have an adverse impact on the Strategic Road Network (SRN). We are also a property and land owner as well as a highway authority and transport operator.

Our Spatial Planning team should be consulted on all planning applications and policy which may affect TfL assets, services or infrastructure, including through the generation of new trips on London's walking, cycling, public transport and road networks.

We will produce and provide a response representing TfL as a whole, across all modes, and work with you to minimise and mitigate transport impacts.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Pre-application advice
  • Transport assessment (TA) best practice
  • Defining and monitoring Section 106 (S106) clauses and contributions, conditions and other planning obligations relevant to TfL
  • Defining and monitoring Section 278 and other highways agreements needed to support development on or near the TLRN
  • Managing collection of the Mayor's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Responding to borough CIL and Infrastructure Delivery Plans
  • Responding to national, local and neighbourhood planning policy consultations
  • Advising the Mayor on the strategic transport impacts and requirements of 'referable' applications strategically important to London (see below)

Developments of strategic importance

Some planning applications in London are automatically submitted to us by either the GLA or the local planning authority. We then help them to understand how these planning applications are likely to affect transport before they are determined by the Mayor.

The Town Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008 defines three types of new development which, because of their strategic importance to London, must be referred to the Mayor:

  • Category 1: large-scale development
  • Category 2: major infrastructure
  • Category 3: developments that may affect strategic policies

Details on the exact criteria for each category are in our guide on referable criteria.

Referable Criteria (Mayor of London Order 2008)

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