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Local Plan

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. 

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.

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.

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.

New South London Waste Plan

  • The South London Waste Plan 2012 is being revised. 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 Draft South London Waste Plan has now been published and we are seeking your views on the document and it's Sustainability Appraisal. Representations and comments will be accepted from 4 September until 5pm on 22 October 2020.

    Sutton Council are the project lead for the South London Waste Plan and all consultations on behalf of the above named boroughs.

    All the relevant documents and further information can be viewed at:


    Following the consultation, the councils will review the representations and then send all the representations, together with the Draft South London Waste Plan, to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will then appoint a Planning Inspector and he/she will hold an Examination-in-Public on the Draft South London Waste Plan, when he/she may invite some of those people who have made representations to give evidence in person.

    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.

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).

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.

Supplementary Planning Documents


Take part in consultations

Get in touch if you'd like to be added to our Local Plan consultation database.

Telephone: 020 8545 3837