- We are continuing to register validate and consider planning applications which will be consulted on by letter.
- We rely on external parties to carry out some of the statutory consultation process (some site notices) and the ability to fulfil this is being monitored.
- Planning Applications Committee meetings will be undertaken virtually. Delegation to senior officers has increased temporarily with full consultation with members of the Planning Application Committee an integral part of that process.
- Planning enforcement requests continue to be actioned where possible
- Development management and planning enforcement officers are not currently conducting site visits unless it is absolutely essential. You will be requested to provide further photographic information to assist in progressing cases. Please supply photographs with your application on submission.
- The Development Management service is continuing to deal with its regular range of cases. However, as staff are largely working from home, the service is not be able to receive or process hard copy correspondence easily. During this temporary period, it is recommended that:
Apply for planning permission
Before applying for planning permission, please read the notes below.
Apply online at the Planning Portal
If you have difficulty in making an application via the Planning Portal then simply provide a short supplementary note to accompany your submission.
Check if you need planning permission
Do you need planning permission? (Planning Portal website)
Applications must be complete and accurate
Your application may be made invalid, and the planning process delayed, if you do not provide the information required to support your application. The validation checklists contain notes on what standard of information is required; for instance drawings should be to scale and include a scale bar. Please note that national requirements include the submission of accurate, scaled drawings; and it is possible that a planning permission granted upon the basis of inaccurate plans could be rescinded.
Maps and copyright
We can not provide Ordnance Survey maps for use as site location plans. Please do not print copies of OS maps (or other copyrighted material) found using the online Planning Explorer in connection with existing applications as these cannot be accepted. Please also do not submit photocopies of copyrighted material (such as from OS maps in libraries) unless it is accompanied with a waiver from the copyright owner allowing you to use it for non-personal uses. The Planning Portal provides a mapping service, as does the National Map Centre; and there are free resources to be found on the web (these may be subject to personal-use clauses in licenses that may mean that they cannot be used for gain / making a planning application – it is your responsibility to check).
Application forms and validation checklists
Before submitting your application via the Planning Portal, please read the Planning Applications Advice page and complete the checklist below.
If you need to apply for two consent types, e.g. planning permission and listed building consent, combined forms are available that include the questions for both application types. If you use one of these combined forms, even though you only have to complete one form, it will be treated as two applications and you will be given two application numbers, one for each type of consent.
The guidance notes for completing a form are the same regardless of the form type.
On 23 May 2018 Merton's Cabinet resolved to adopt updated local validation requirements as set out in its Planning Application Validation Checklist. The checklist applies to all application types below, other than with respect of permitted development, non-material amendments, advertisement consents, telecommunications prior notification, tree works and listed buildings with separate checklists for those applications.
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S.106 Unilateral Undertaking templates are currently under revision and will be uploaded to this page in due course. Please see the following guidance on Unilateral Undertakings for contacts for obtaining templates, and Merton's legal fees for preparing, checking and approving S106 agreements and undertakings, and other relevant agreements: S106/Unilateral Undertaking Templates Guidance. For more information see
Design and Access Statements
Most applications will need to be accompanied by a Design and Access Statement, which explains how the proposed development is a suitable response to the site and its setting, and demonstrate that it can be adequately accessed by prospective users. Design and Access Statements are
not needed for householder applications outside a conservation area.
For more information see
What is a Design and Access Statement? (GOV.UK)
Incorrect fee refunds
The Planning Portal has a fee calculator, and given the information you provide it will calculate the correct statutory planning fee. We charge £35 to cover administration costs should you incorrectly pay the wrong fee. This will be deducted from the fee you paid and refunded by the Planning Portal.
London Borough of Merton
Telephone: 020 8545 3777
Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 1pm-3pm. Please have some information to hand such as the address of the property or site.