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Our Local Plan sets out a vision and a plan for the future development of Merton. The plan guides decisions on whether planning applications are granted. It's made up of the documents listed below.
New Local Plan
We are creating a New Local Plan. Once adopted the new Local Plan will replace Merton’s adopted borough-wide Local Plan (the Core Planning Strategy 2021 and Sites and Policies Plan 2014 )
Estates Local Plan
Merton's Estates Local Plan contains detailed planning policies, prepared by the council to guide what could be built and assess any planning applications for three estates in Merton, namely Eastfields (Mitcham), High Path (South Wimbledon) and Ravensbury (Mitcham/Morden).
Core Planning Strategy
The Core Planning Strategy is a plan for the future of the borough – it provides a 15-year vision on regeneration and development in Merton till 2026.
- Merton's Core Planning Strategy 2011-2026 (adopted)
- Sustainability appraisal of our Core Strategy
- Sustainability appraisal of our Core Strategy and Policies Plan – June-July 2007
- Merton's Core Strategy - Planning Inspector's report 7 June 2011
- Merton's Core Strategy letter from council to inspector 23 June 2011
- Merton's Core Strategy letter from the inspector to the council 8 July 2011
- Merton Core Planning Strategy - adoption notice
We are creating a new Local Plan to replace Merton's Core Planning Strategy and Merton's Sites and Policies Plan
Sites and Policies Plan and Policies Maps
The Sites and Policies Plan contains policies which help us assess planning applications. It also includes sites for redevelopment. The Policies Map shows where developments can or can't take place, for example town centre boundaries and open spaces.
- Sites and Policies Plan and Policies Maps 2014-2024
- We are creating a new Local Plan to replace Merton's Core Planning Strategy and Merton's Sites and Policies Plan
South London Waste Plan
The South London Waste Plan guides planning applications for developments that manage waste in the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.
South London Waste Plan 2022-2037 (adopted by Merton Council on 16 November 2022)
Sustainability Statement - to follow
- Appendix - Schedule of Main Modifications and Annexes
In summer 2020 councillors across all four boroughs considered the results of the public consultation held in 2019 and agreed to submit the Draft South London Waste Plan to the Secretary of State for an independent examination.
The ‘submission version’ of the Draft South London Waste Plan and its Sustainability Appraisal was published for comments from 4 September 2020 until 22 October 2020 and was submitted to the Secretary of State, for independent examination by a Planning Inspector, on 19 January 2021.
As part of the independent examination, the appointed inspectors held public hearing sessions in September 2021.
Following the hearing sessions, the Planning Inspectors identified a number of Main Modifications to the draft plan. These are changes that they consider are required to make the plan sound, in the light of issues identified during the examination. This is without prejudice to the Planning Inspectors’ ultimate conclusions and recommendations on the plan.
The councils held a public consultation from 14 July to 2 September 2022 that only concerned the Main Modifications to the plan.
All the representations received were forwarded to the Planning Inspectors.
The Inspectors’ Report, which was received in November 2022, concludes that after considering all the representations made in response to the consultation, the Plan, with the Main Modificatrions incorporated, will provide an appropriate basis for waste planning across the four boroughs.
Sutton Council were the administrative project lead for the Draft South London Waste Plan on behalf of the above named boroughs and all the relevant documents can be viewed at: wasteplan (Sutton website)
South London Waste Plan 2012
Local Development Scheme
At the Cabinet meeting on 15 July 2019, the Cabinet resolved to update the LDS (the project plan and timetable for development plans) to take effect on 19 September 2019, replacing the Council's LDS 2016-19.
We publish a timetable for the development of a Local Plan in a three-year project plan called a Local Development Scheme (LDS). Our current LDS covers the Local Estates Plan for Eastfield, High Path and Ravensbury.
Authority Monitoring Report
The Authority's Monitoring Report (AMR) monitors the performance of Merton's planning polices and the extent to which we are meeting targets set out in the project plan (Local Development Scheme)
It contains statistical information on Merton's socio-economic profile, housing delivery, employment and open spaces.
It also includes Merton's performance against its share of London's housing target and a list of the sites for new homes that are expected to be built within the next five years.
The AMR is published each January and monitors the preceding financial year. For example, Merton's AMR 2004-05 monitored development between 1April 2004 and 31 March 2005, and was published in January 2006.
Please note the file sizes of each full AMR are over 3MB and will therefore take a while to download if you do not have a broadband internet connection.
- Authority Monitoring Report 2019-20
- Five year land supply statement 2020
- Authority Monitoring Report 2018-19
- Report 2017-18 - Section 106 information
- Authority Monitoring Report 2017-18
- Authority Monitoring Report 2016-17
- Authority Monitoring Report 2015-16
- Authority Monitoring Report 2014-15
- Authority Monitoring Report 2013-14
- Authority Monitoring Report 2012-13
- Authority Monitoring Report 2011-12
- Authority Monitoring Reports 2004 - 11 (ZIP file)
Revisions to the Statement of Community Involvement during COVID-19 pandemic
National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) has recently been updated in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and recommends that council's review their SCI and update it.
As a result the council has made some temporary amendments to the requirements set out in the adopted SCI (2020). These are to protect the health of our communities and staff, while still ensuring that the council can continue to successfully conduct its planning functions in a manner which is underpinned by extensive and effective community engagement.
Statement of Community Involvement
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out our commitment to involve the local community in planning. On the 15 June 2020, Cabinet adopted a new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).
- Statement of Community Involvement
- SCI Adoption Statement 2020
- Equality and Diversity Assessment 2020
Supplementary Planning Documents
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide guidance on planning policies in the Local Plan. They can be Character Appraisals of a particular area, topic-based Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs) notes or Planning Briefs for a specific site.
Take part in consultations
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Telephone: 020 8545 3837