​Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) give further 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

Recently adopted SPDs

Character appraisals

For character appraisals of Merton's conservation areas see the Conservation list in the section Urban design and conservation.

The Canons

The Canons Conservation Management Plan has been produced to inform the successful National Lottery Heritage Fund bid that will see the restoration and enhancement of The Canons House and Grounds.  This work is due to commence in late Spring 2020.  The Plan was adopted by the council as a Supplementary Planning Document on 18 September 2017.

The Canons Conservation Management Plan

Topic-based supplementary planning documents

For details on the planning policies which accompany these guidance notes see 'Sites and Policies Plan: Part I Detailed Planning Policies' in the Local Plan.

Supplementary Planning Guidance Date adopted
Affordable Housing (draft) 2004 (draft)
Archaeology Part 1
Archaeology Part 2
Accessible Environments 2003
A3 (Food and Drink) Use 1999
Basement and subterranean planning guidance 2017
Design 2004
Listed Buildings 2000
Minimising pollution Part 1
Minimising pollution Part 2
Out of Centre Retail Development 1999
Planting, landscaping and nature conservation 2001

Planning Obligations SPD adopted 2006 *

Please note that templates for unilateral undertakings can be found on the planning applications forms and fees page


Shop front planning guidance

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)​2020
Sustainable transport 2004
Merton's Development Viability SPD2018

* Supplementary and updated information to that described in the planning obligations SPD can be found on the Section 106 and planning obligations webpage.

Planning briefs

Where sites are included in the:

  • Sites and Policies Plan, we've stated the site proposal number
  • Core Planning Strategy, we've stated the policy number

You can view both of these documents in Local Plan


Raynes Park

  • Rainbow Industrial Estate, Raynes Park – Aug 2013 (Policy 12)


  • Sibthorpe Road Car Park, Mitcham Town Centre – June 2014 (Site proposal 69) – not adopted

Mitcham Planning Brief Archive:


Wimbledon planning brief archives: