New Local Plan

The council is preparing a new Local Plan to guide the future development of the borough. The Local Plan will provide a long term vision and strategy to meet the future needs for  homes and employment in the borough, identifying changes that may happen, and the broad locations for such development. Local Plans manage development by including planning policies which are used to determine whether planning applications are approved or refused.

In recent years there have been substantial changes to the policy context within which Kingston’s Core Strategy (current main Development Plan Document) operates, notably the introduction of the NPPF (2012) and an updated London Plan which saw a 70% increase in Kingston’s housing target. In order for us to be able to respond to this changing context, it is necessary for us to undertake a Local Plan review which involves evidence gathering and extensive consultation with the public, neighbouring authorities, the development industry and special groups to ensure we are able to deliver homes and essential infrastructure for Kingston’s growing population and to meet our statutory targets. Our Local Development Scheme sets out our formal timetable to deliver the Local Plan and other planning documents. 


Call for Sites 

If you would like to submit a site to be considered for redevelopment please fill in our short survey. 

What is the Call for Sites?

Kingston Council is preparing a new Local Plan, which will guide development in order to meet housing, economic, social and environmental needs in the borough over the period 2019 to 2041.

As part of the preparation for the Local Plan, we are running a Call for Sites exercise - an invitation to all individuals, developers, landowners, agents and other interested parties to submit details of sites within the borough that may be available for redevelopment over the lifetime of the plan. Private, public and voluntary sector bodies and individuals are eligible to submit sites for consideration. You do not need to be the owner of a site to be able to submit it for consideration.

All types and sizes of site can be submitted, such as residential, commercial and retail space, as well as derelict and greenfield land, and proposals can be for any type of land use, e.g. for residential, commercial, retail, leisure or Gypsy and Traveller accommodation.

How can sites be submitted?

The Call for Sites exercise has been extended until 6pm on Friday 19th January 2018 to allow more time for the submission of sites. 

Sites can be submitted through the Call for Sites online form.

Site submissions must be supported by a site boundary plan, while other supporting documents are welcomed (up to a maximum of 10 attachments). These are detailed within the submission form.

The site boundary plan should be submitted on an OS map base in either GIS or CAD format (preferably ESRI Shapefile or DWG/DXF file, or alternatively MapInfo Tab). Other relevant documents such as site plans, photographs, research reports etc. can be submitted in PDF, JPG, or PNG formats. 

For further information, or help filling in the form, please email the Strategic Planning Team at [email protected] or call 020 8547 5002.

What will happen to submissions?

The information submitted will be analysed by Kingston Council to establish the capacity, availability and deliverability of sites, including their potential suitability for different uses. We will consider the contribution sites may make to the future sustainable development of the borough, and if appropriate, they will be set as draft policies and proposals in the emerging Kingston Local Plan. The draft plan will be subject to public consultation and testing by independent examination. Ultimately, if appropriate, the sites will be allocated for land uses within the adopted Local Plan.

Other information

  • The Council is required to produce and publish on its website a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017. Where a respondent to the Call for Sites exercise indicates that they wish it, and provided that the criteria are met, their site will also be recorded on Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register.
  • The Council appreciates that some information may be commercially sensitive and/or confidential - the online submission form allows the option of maintaining confidentiality of information.
  • Owners of sites are welcome to discuss their potential for development through the Council's pre-application service.


Sustainability Appraisal  

As part of the preparation of the emerging Local Plan an appraisal of the social, environmental and economic impact of the plan must be carried out. This appraisal is known as the Sustainability Appraisal (SA). 

In order to identify the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the SA, a Draft Scoping Report has been produced. Consultation on the document took place in autumn 2017, in line with the statutory consultation processes under regulation 12(5) and 12(6) of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004. Comments were also welcome from other interested parties.

The Draft Scoping Report will now be amended and finalised.

Read the Draft Scoping Report here