We are creating a new Local Plan to provide a sound basis for planning decisions. 

What is the new Local Plan?

Merton has many assets, including superb transport links, beautiful open green spaces, heritage buildings, and a lively business sector.

We are creating a new Local Plan to provide a sound basis for planning decisions. We know how important good planning decisions are for Merton residents, as they impact on the appearance of the local environment and how people use it. At the same time, it is in the interest of all who live and work in Merton to attract new talent and new business to enhance the borough's resilience to external change, sustain a buoyant long-term economy and ensure a quality built environment for generations to come.

The plan is designed to help guide how the borough develops over time and create a vision that enables the council to successfully and responsibly manage growth, while always ensuring the best interests of the borough, its residents and businesses. Merton is rich in assets and the opportunities they inevitably create. It is a place ripe for sustained economic success, and the Local Plan will mean that for years to come there will be a sound and consistent approach to ensuring a bright future for the borough and all who live and work here.



Stage 1: October 2017 – January 2018

Stage 2: October 2018 – January 2019

Stage 2a: From October/November 2020 for 4-6 weeks

Publication pre-submissionSpring 2021
SubmissionSummer 2021
AdoptionWinter 2021