New Local Plan

Have your say on the future of the borough

We are preparing a new Local Plan which will set out a vision for the future of the borough and guide what development goes where, including homes, schools, infrastructure and transport links. This consultation is the first step. Share your thoughts and ideas on how we plan for the future of the borough up to 2041. 

We have also published our Local Plan Site Assessments, a list of sites around the borough that have been submitted to the council, either as part of the Call for Sites consultation (held in 2017), or as part of work by the Greater London Authority. We welcome your comments on both documents. 

You can have your say on both documents by: 

There will be printed copies of the documents in all libraries in the borough, as well as the Information and Advice Centre in Guildhall 2. 

An audio summary and transcript of the Local Plan Early Engagement document are also available. 

Send us your feedback by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

There is an opportunity for you to find out more about the Local Plan (and the Statement of Community Involvement) at the forthcoming drop in sessions at a number of our libraries across the borough as follows:

1) Surbiton Library                              Thursday 16 May (5pm - 7pm)
2) New Malden Library                        Monday 20 May (5pm - 7pm)
3) Kingston Library                               Tuesday 21 May (5pm - 7pm)
4) Hook and Chessington Library       Wednesday 22 May (4pm - 6pm)   

Further more detailed consultation sessions on the Local Plan will be set up borough-wide in due course to collect ideas and thoughts on the Local Plan. Full details of all the events will be published shortly.

Creating a new Local Plan

This is the first stage of public consultation called ‘Local Plan Early Engagement’ in line with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. 

The new Local Plan, when adopted, will replace the current Local Plan (called the Core Strategy, 2012). This document needs updating because of the changing environment, particularly around the National Planning Policy Framework and the Mayor’s London Plan, which increased the borough’s housing target in 2016, and is currently being reviewed. 

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. It will manage development by including planning policies which will be used to determine whether planning applications are approved or refused. 

Next steps

Once the consultation has closed, the council will review the feedback and carry out further work to develop the Local Plan, including carrying out specialist evidence studies and an Integrated Impact Assessment, which will build on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.

Our Local Development Scheme sets out our formal timetable to deliver the Local Plan and other planning documents.