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Building for our future

The Mayor of London’s London Plan sets us a target of 964 homes a year — that’s 50% more homes than were in the previous London Plan. This is a challenging target but if we fail to meet it we risk losing local control of planning decisions.

The Government’s intention is for new proposals for planning which could see the target double again to 2,000. That’s why it’s really important that you have your say now. We need to show that we are tackling the housing crisis while also protecting our borough’s character. A new Local Plan will set the Mayor of London’s target figure of 964 homes per year for a five year period and should protect us from an even higher target. Our Local Plan will help guide where this growth may happen while respecting and celebrating our heritage.

You told us in 2019 that our areas of Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) are some of our biggest assets. We are committed to not building on Green Belt or MOL, which makes up a third of the land in our borough. This means that housing will need to be built within the rest of the borough. We want your thoughts to shape where new homes might be. It is important we take control and manage this through our Local Plan rather than risk having developments imposed on us by authorities outside Kingston.

Please do share your views.


The Local Plan sets out our vision for the future of the borough. It will set out how we seek to manage the London Plan’s housing targets, set by the Mayor of London, as well as central Government policy, and concerns everything from shops, offices and medical centres to our natural environment and cultural spaces.

It will outline where we build, what we prioritise locally and what we need to do to help shape growth and manage change. The new Local Plan will be used to guide development and help decide planning applications. It is therefore important we work together to develop it and get it right.

We do not have complete freedom about what we can or cannot put in our Local Plan. Our Local Plan must also align with the Mayor of London’s London Plan.

The big picture

The Local Plan will allow us to set out how we plan to respond to the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Kingston in the next 20 years, including how we support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with the housing targets which our borough has been set.


The Local Plan will set the vision for the borough until 2041. In 2019, the council carried out early engagement on the content of a new Local Plan. Your previous feedback is valued and is helping to develop the draft plan. But a lot has changed in the last two years. That is why we are going out to ask people if their views have changed and hear from others, to help shape the future.

There are also several other important reasons why we need further early engagement on the Local Plan now:

  • To respond to new housing delivery targets set by the Government and the Mayor of London

  • To conform with the Mayor of London’s new London Plan which was adopted in March 2021

  • To support our town centres, neighbourhoods and the borough recover from COVID-19

  • To respond to the climate emergency which has been declared by the council

  • To take into account changes to national planning policy and guidance, set by the Government

What is this engagement about?

Your previous feedback is valued and is helping to shape the draft plan. This further engagement will help us to take into account recent changes and develop a new Local Plan which is right for the borough.

The places we create affect all our lives. That's why we need your help to make sure Kingston develops in the right way for future generations.

  • What’s important in your neighbourhood?

  • What homes and workplaces do we want?

  • How do we want to travel around the borough?

  • How do we want to make sure people of all ages feel safe in Kingston?


As part of this further engagement, we have also included the ideas people suggested in the 2019 early engagement exercise.

How can your views be shared with us?

We want to hear from you and hear your vision for the future of the borough.


There are a number of key topics to the Local Plan. Each of the topics on this website gives space for you to give your comments and thoughts. These include:

At the end of each section are questions that give your space to share your views. Just click on the topic you want to read more about. You don't have to answer all the questions, just the ones you are interested in.

Tell your friends, family and neighbours to get involved: The more people respond, the better the needs of Kingston's communities will be reflected in the plan.
To learn more about the 'The Big Picture" and view all the topic areas download our full document:
Shaping the Future together - our vision 2023-2041

If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:



Building for our future

The Mayor of London’s London Plan sets us a target of 964 homes a year — that’s 50% more homes than were in the previous London Plan. This is a challenging target but if we fail to meet it we risk losing local control of planning decisions.

The Government’s intention is for new proposals for planning which could see the target double again to 2,000. That’s why it’s really important that you have your say now. We need to show that we are tackling the housing crisis while also protecting our borough’s character. A new Local Plan will set the Mayor of London’s target figure of 964 homes per year for a five year period and should protect us from an even higher target. Our Local Plan will help guide where this growth may happen while respecting and celebrating our heritage.

You told us in 2019 that our areas of Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) are some of our biggest assets. We are committed to not building on Green Belt or MOL, which makes up a third of the land in our borough. This means that housing will need to be built within the rest of the borough. We want your thoughts to shape where new homes might be. It is important we take control and manage this through our Local Plan rather than risk having developments imposed on us by authorities outside Kingston.

Please do share your views.


The Local Plan sets out our vision for the future of the borough. It will set out how we seek to manage the London Plan’s housing targets, set by the Mayor of London, as well as central Government policy, and concerns everything from shops, offices and medical centres to our natural environment and cultural spaces.

It will outline where we build, what we prioritise locally and what we need to do to help shape growth and manage change. The new Local Plan will be used to guide development and help decide planning applications. It is therefore important we work together to develop it and get it right.

We do not have complete freedom about what we can or cannot put in our Local Plan. Our Local Plan must also align with the Mayor of London’s London Plan.

The big picture

The Local Plan will allow us to set out how we plan to respond to the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Kingston in the next 20 years, including how we support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and deal with the housing targets which our borough has been set.


The Local Plan will set the vision for the borough until 2041. In 2019, the council carried out early engagement on the content of a new Local Plan. Your previous feedback is valued and is helping to develop the draft plan. But a lot has changed in the last two years. That is why we are going out to ask people if their views have changed and hear from others, to help shape the future.

There are also several other important reasons why we need further early engagement on the Local Plan now:

  • To respond to new housing delivery targets set by the Government and the Mayor of London

  • To conform with the Mayor of London’s new London Plan which was adopted in March 2021

  • To support our town centres, neighbourhoods and the borough recover from COVID-19

  • To respond to the climate emergency which has been declared by the council

  • To take into account changes to national planning policy and guidance, set by the Government

What is this engagement about?

Your previous feedback is valued and is helping to shape the draft plan. This further engagement will help us to take into account recent changes and develop a new Local Plan which is right for the borough.

The places we create affect all our lives. That's why we need your help to make sure Kingston develops in the right way for future generations.

  • What’s important in your neighbourhood?

  • What homes and workplaces do we want?

  • How do we want to travel around the borough?

  • How do we want to make sure people of all ages feel safe in Kingston?


As part of this further engagement, we have also included the ideas people suggested in the 2019 early engagement exercise.

How can your views be shared with us?

We want to hear from you and hear your vision for the future of the borough.


There are a number of key topics to the Local Plan. Each of the topics on this website gives space for you to give your comments and thoughts. These include:

At the end of each section are questions that give your space to share your views. Just click on the topic you want to read more about. You don't have to answer all the questions, just the ones you are interested in.

Tell your friends, family and neighbours to get involved: The more people respond, the better the needs of Kingston's communities will be reflected in the plan.
To learn more about the 'The Big Picture" and view all the topic areas download our full document:
Shaping the Future together - our vision 2023-2041

If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:


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