Local Development Scheme -2020 to 2024

Current Development Plan


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.

  • 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 LDS covers the period from Spring 2021 to Winter 2023/24.

  • There have been significant changes to the planning policy context - both at national and London levels - which have impacted on the ability to continue preparing the new Local Plan in accordance with timetable set out in the 2020 LDS which are set out below.

  • In August 2020, the Government published planning policy changes in England in 2020 and the ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper. The White Paper sets out proposals for a series of fundamental reforms to the planning system in England, covering plan-making, development management, and development contributions. The proposed changes are significant and will likely to have far-reaching implications for the planning functions of this Council in the future, including a proposed zonal approach to plan making. 

  • In September 2020, significant changes to the Use Classes Order came into effect, including the collating of various town centre uses into a single use class (Class E), which impacts the ability to manage retail, commercial and office uses.

  • Since the Early Engagement of the new Local Plan, the new London Plan has progressed through Examination in Public to a final Publication stage, which has now been approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Publication version of the new London Plan has decreased the housing target for the Borough from 1,364 homes per year (as set out in the version that went to Examination in Public) to 964 homes per year. Nonetheless, this housing target is still significantly higher than the current housing target (643 homes per year) set out in the 2016 London Plan. The new London Plan is expected to be formally published by the Mayor of London imminently.

  • The continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the various changes to the planning policy context, have resulted in a need to reprogramme the timetable for preparing the new Local Plan. It is considered that the most appropriate way of addressing these changes and the potential impact for development in the Borough in the future is to carry out an additional consultation at Regulation 18 stage - to be known as Further Engagement on the Local Plan - rather than proceeding to the First Draft of the Local Plan as originally intended. Consequently, the additional stage of consultation requires an update to the LDS which covers the period from 2021 to 2024.

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 by the end of 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.

Last Modified: 26/05/2021 12:20:24