Local Development Scheme -2020 to 2023

Current Development Plan

Local Development Scheme 2020 to 2023

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the planning documents that we intend to produce as part of the Council’s Development Plan. It tells you:

  • the purpose and status of each planning document
  • the stages of production
  • the anticipated timetable

The latest LDS establishes a revised work programme to produce the Borough-wide Local Plan. It was adopted at the Response and Recovery Committee on 30 July 2020.

  • The Council has a statutory duty to prepare, monitor and review its planning policy documents. Section 15 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) states that the Council is required to set out current planning policy documents, and any new or replacement documents that it intends to produce in the future, and list them within this document. 
  • This Local Development Scheme will cover the period from winter 2020 to summer 2023.
  • There have been significant changes to the planning system in the period since Kingston’s 2019 Local Development Scheme was approved, most notably the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework in 2019 and the completion of the Examination in Public of the Draft London Plan 2017 resulting in its replacement with the publication of the ‘Intend to Publish London Plan 2019’, currently anticipated to be adopted during 2020

The documents that comprise the Borough’s current Development Plan

  • The London Plan (Further Alterations to the London Plan, 2016) is currently the overarching strategic planning document for London boroughs, forming part of the statutory Development Plan. It should be noted that the Mayor of London has prepared an ‘Intend to Publish London Plan 2019’, following the completion of the Examination in Public of the Draft London Plan 2017. The ‘Intend to Publish London Plan 2019 is expected to be adopted in 2020, at which point, it would supersede the Further Alterations to the 2016 London Plan.
  • The Core Strategy (2012) sets out the vision, objectives and policies for managing future growth, change and development within the Borough for the period up to 2027. Upon adoption, the Local Plan will replace the Core Strategy as a response to the latest national and regional policy legislation. 

  • The Kingston Town Centre Area Action Plan (2008) was the first document to be adopted in Kingston under the LDF system. The 2011 Local Development Scheme indicated that the Council intended to update the plan to reflect proposal site information and availability, and ensure that policies and proposals remain relevant in the changed economic climate. However, in light of the significantly higher London Plan housing delivery minimum requirement for the Borough, the Council needs to assess how this requirement will be met across the whole Borough, and consider area based policies, thus requiring preparation of a new Local Plan.

  • In partnership with the neighbouring boroughs of Croydon, Merton and Sutton, Kingston jointly produced the South London Waste Plan (2012) (Joint Waste DPD). The Plan allocates existing and new sites for waste management facilities and contains policies to assess applications for future waste management facilities, and promotes waste reduction and reuse measures. The partnership is in the advanced stages of preparing a replacement to the South London Waste Plan to be adopted in April 2021.

In addition to the above mentioned plans that make up the statutory Development Plan, the Council also produces other documents which either provide additional guidance to people applying for planning permission, or provide information to applicants and others on community involvement, or monitoring.