What is a Local Plan?

    A local plan sets out a vision for the future of the borough. It includes local planning policies to manage that change, as well as guide the future location, type of developments and land use chosen for the creation of housing, shops, education and healthcare facilities, restaurants and offices.

    What is the purpose of a Local Plan?

    Having a clear Local Plan will help us decide what planning permissions we are prioritising and should be allocating for development. Government policy requires us to have an up-to-date plan, which positively caters for the needs of the borough while being flexible enough to respond to future changes.

    The borough of Kingston’s current Local Plan is made up of:
    • The Core Strategy adopted in 2012  (full details)  
    • Kingston Town Centre Area Action Plan adopted in 2008 and
    • the South London Waste Plan adopted in 2012 and shared with the boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Croydon.

    How does this fit with other local and national plans?

    The council’s Local Plan forms part of the wider 'Development Plan' for the borough. 

    The London Plan, prepared by the Mayor of London, also forms part of the development plan. When we assess planning applications,we use 
    • the whole Development Plan,
    • the borough of Kingston’s Local Plan and 
    • the London Plan.
    Importantly, our Local Plan must align and be in 'general conformity' with the London Plan. We also need to be consistent with national planning policy. Because of this, we do not have complete freedom about what we can or cannot put in our local plan.

    Why do we need this additional 'Local Plan'?

    A lot has changed since previous development plans were prepared. 
    The objectives and policies they contain no longer provide a complete and comprehensive strategy that will be required to meet the future needs for homes, jobs and infrastructure. That is why we are reviewing our planning and forming our proposals to tailor a new Plan to specifically serve the needs of Kingston's residents for the next 20 years.

    There have also been important policy changes at a national level through the National Planning Policy Framework, so our new plan needs to reflect these changes.

    How long does the consultation period run for?

    The consultation starts on the 1st May 2019 and will end on 31 July 2019.

    Where can I see a paper copy of the plan?

    You can either download a print a copy from here or our website. Or you can view the documents at local libraries, or the Information and Advice Centre at Guildhall 2, and get help with completing the online form.

    How can I get help with a translation of the plan?

    If you have any difficulties with the consultation material, comments, questions, or simply need help with your responding (sometimes known as ‘making an objection’ or ‘making a representation’ on the plan), you can email the Strategic Planning Team at localplan@kingston.gov.uk or phone us on 020 8547 5002

    An audio summary of the document is also available at: www.kingston.gov.uk/newlocalplan

    What happens after the consultation closes?

    After the end of July 2019, the responses to the consultation will be used to inform the development of the new draft Plan, which should be compiled over winter 2019/20. This draft will be shared and consulted upon to fine-tune before submission in Summer 2020. 

    Please note that a revised timetable for the Local Development Scheme and further engagement on the Local Plan will be taken to Culture, Housing, Environment and Planning Committee on 17 March for decision.