Local Development Framework
The Waltham Forest Local Plan (formerly the Local Development Framework) provides the planning policy framework for considering planning applications. This page provides information on the Council's Local Plan documents, Supplementary Planning Documents and other supporting management documents.
- North London Waste Plan - Consultation on Draft Plan from 30 July- 30 September 2015. Visit: North London Waste Plan
- South Grove/St James SPD - adopted 14 September 2015
- Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document - Adopted 17th March 2015
- Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan - Adopted January 2015
- Statement of Community Involvement (adopted 9 December 2014)
- Designation of Highams Park Neighbourhood Area/Forum approved by Council's Cabinet on 15 July 2014. Visit: Neighbourhood planning
- Walthamstow Town Centre Area Action Plan - Adopted October 2014
- Development Management Policies Document - Adopted October 2013. Visit: Development Management Policies Submission
- Article 4 Direction (Houses in Multiple Occupation) - Following earlier consultation, this Direction was confirmed on 6 January 2014. Comes into effect on 16 September 2014
- Site Specific Allocations Document - published for consultation (29 July to 30 September 2013). Next round of consultation in Spring 2016
- Wood Street Area Action Plan - published for consultation (29 July to 30 September 2013). Next round of consultation in Spring 2016
The Core Strategy
The Core Strategy was formally adopted by the Council on 1 March 2012. The Adopted Core Strategy and related documents can be downloaded below:
- Adoption Statement (19KB PDF file)
- Adopted Core Strategy (7.5MB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Report (1.6MB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal - Post Adoption Statement (271KB PDF file)
Copies of the LDF Core Strategy and related documents are available for inspection at the Council’s offices (Sycamore House) and at all Waltham Forest libraries.
Previous stage - Core Strategy Examination
Inspector’s Report (2.7MB PDF file)
The Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for independent examination on 31 May 2011. This followed the statutory consultation on the Proposed Submission Document, which ended on 28 February 2011. For more information see LDF Core Strategy Examination.
Key documents submitted include the following:
- Core Strategy - Part A - Introduction, Vision, Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy (1.92MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Part B - Managing Population Growth and Change (4.88MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Part C - Creating Wealth and Opportunity for Residents (3.98MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Part D - Retaining More Wealth within the Borough (6.06MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Part E - Implementation and Monitoring (130KB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Part F - Appendices and Glossary (6.98MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Schedule of Post Publication Main Changes - SD02 (4.3MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - Consultation Report Part III - Copies of Representations - Regulation 30(1)(f) - SD03. This is a large file. To make it more accessible, the document has been split up into smaller files as below:
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - copies of representation - part 1 (6MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - copies of representation - part 2 (5.7MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - copies of representation - part 3 (4.9MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - copies of representation - part 4 (2.2MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - copies of representation - part 5 (4.1MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Regulation 30(1)(d) Consultation Statement - SD04 (2.8MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Regulation 30(1)(e) Summary of Main Issues - SD05 (2.2MB PDF file)
- Statement of Community Involvement - SD06 (796KB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal - Final Submission - SD07 (1.4MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Habitats Regulations Assessment - Final Submission - SD08 (1.9MB PDF file)
- Core Strategy - Equality Impact Assessment - SD09 (398KB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - Consultation Report Part I - Summary of Representations and Council's Response - SD10 (997KB PDF file)
- Core Strategy Proposed Submission - Consultation Report Part II - Schedule of Full Representations - SD11 (1.1MB PDF file)
- Other documents (39KB PDF file)
Proposed Submission stage
This document was published for statutory consultation during the period 17 January to 28 February 2011 to allow comments to be made prior to the submission of the document to the Secretary of State for examination.
Download Core Strategy Proposed Submission documents below:
- CS – Public Notice (20KB PDF file)
- CS - Representation form (80KB PDF file)
- CS – Part A - Introduction, Vision, Strategic Objectives, Spatial Strategy (1.92MB PDF file)
- CS – Part B - Managing Population Growth and Change (4.88MB PDF file)
- CS – Part C - Creating Wealth and Opportunity for Residents (3.98MB PDF file)
- CS – Part D - Retaining More Wealth within the Borough (6.06MB PDF file)
- CS – Part E - Implementation and Monitoring (130KB PDF file)
- CS – Part F - Appendices and Glossary (6.98MB PDF file)
- CS - Sustainability Appraisal - main report (1.4MB PDF file)
- CS - Sustainability Appraisal – non technical summary (581KB PDF file)
- CS - Habitats Regulation Assessment (1.8MB PDF file)
- CS – Equality Impact Assessment (398KB PDF file)
- CS - Preferred Options Consultation Report (1.3MB PDF file)
Preferred Options stage
The consultation on the Preferred Options stage closed on 19 February 2010.
- Download Core Strategy Preferred Options (3MB PDF file)
- Download Core Strategy Preferred Options Summary Document (2MB PDF file)
- Download Core Strategy Consultation Letter (29KB PDF file)
- Download Core Strategy Preferred Options Questionnaire (439KB PDF file)
- Download Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal (335KB PDF file)
- Download Core Strategy Equalities Impact Assessment (201KB PDF file)
Core Strategy - Issues and Options stage
Public consultation at the Issues and Options stage was undertaken from 25 June to 1 September 2008.
Published below are the summary comments received during the consultation period.
- Issues and Options Consultation Report -Proposed Responses (1.90MB PDF file)
- Issues and Options Questionnaire - Results (316KB PDF file)
- Submissions received - Questionnaire/Response Form (251KB PDF file)
- Submissions received - Email/Letter (319KB PDF file)
- Submissions received - Consultation Portal
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
We are required to fully integrate sustainability appraisal in the preparation of the LDF Core Strategy. The purpose of sustainability appraisal is to assess the social, economic and environmental effects of any proposed policies to be included in the core strategy. The first stage of the sustainability appraisal process is the production of a scoping report, providing the framework to be used to help develop policy options and consider their possible effects. Public consultation on a draft sustainability appraisal scoping report was undertaken from 25 June to 1 September 2008. The final sustainability appraisal report is published below:
- Final Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (840KB PDF file)
Consultation documents (25 June to 1 September 2008)
- LDF Core Strategy Issues and Options document (main document) (2.99MB PDF file)
- LDF Core Issues and Options – Response Form (176KB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (Main document) (457KB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report – (Executive Summary) (101KB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report – (Response Form) (26.8KB PDF file)
Development Management Policies
The Development Management Policies Document supports the core strategy adopted March 2012 and sets out the Council's detailed policies for managing development in the borough. The document was adopted on 25 October 2013.
For further information on the independent examination and adoption, visit: Development-Management-Policies-Submission.aspx.
Proposed Submission stage (consultation period ended on 17 September 2012)
The Proposed Submission Document was published for final statutory consultation from 30 July -17 September 2012.
- Local Plan Development Management Policies Proposed Submission
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- Sustainability Appraisal (1.6MB PDF file)
- Habitat Regulations Assessment (1MB PDF file)
- Consultation Report (683KB PDF file)
- Equality Analysis (259KB PDF file)
- Letter to consultees (43KB PDF file)
- Letter to libraries (23KB PDF file)
- Draft Inset Map (9MB PDF file)
- Draft Policies Map (9MB PDF file)
Preferred Options stage (consultation period ended on 28 February 2011)
The Preferred Options Document was published for consultation from 17 January to 28 February 2011. The consultation period has now closed. Download Development Management Policies Preferred Options below:
- DM - Full Document (3.8MB PDF file)
- DM – Questionnaire (1.1MB PDF file)
- DM - Introduction (1.07MB PDF file)
- DM - Managing Population Growth and Change (1.21MB PDF file)
- DM - Creating Wealth and Opportunity for Residents (859KB PDF file)
- DM - Retaining More Wealth within the Borough (1.21MB PDF file)
- DM - Implementation and Monitoring (282KB PDF file)
- DM - Appendices and Glossary (343KB PDF file)
- DM - Sustainability Appraisal - main report (984KB PDF file)
- DM - Sustainability Appraisal – non technical summary (238KB PDF file)
- DM - Habitats Regulation Assessment (1.47MB PDF file)
- DM - Equality Impact Assessment (2.1MB PDF file)
- DM - Issues and Options Consultation Report (1MB PDF file)
Issues and Options stage
The Issues and Options Consultation was undertaken during the period 19 March to 28 May 2010. See published documents below:
Other supporting documents
- Equality Impact Assessment Report (282KB PDF file)
- Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report (113KB PDF file)
The proposals map is an ordnance survey base map illustrating Development Plan Document policies and proposals for the allocation of land for specific types of development. It identifies areas of the borough where area-specific core policies apply, safeguarded sites for notable land uses or activities, significant development sites and other relevant area/site-specific designations.
The Council has published a new Policies Map with the Waltham Forest Local Plan (Development Management Policies Document, adopted October 2013). This replaces the 2006 UDP Proposals Map.
As background information, the previous UDP Proposals Map is published below.
View the Interactive Web Version of the 2006 UDP.
North London Waste Plan
The North London Waste Plan identifies a range of suitable sites for the management of all North London’s waste up to 2031 and sets out policies and guidelines for determining planning applications for waste developments. This plan is being prepared by the North London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
The waste plan will identify a range of suitable sites for the management of all North London's waste up to 2031 and include policies and guidelines for determining planning applications for waste developments.
Update July 2015A Draft Plan has been published for public consultation during the period 30 July- 30 September 2015
For further information visit the North London Waste Plan web site.
Area Action Plans
These cover the growth areas identified by the Core Strategy including Blackhorse Lane, Northern Olympic Fringe, Walthamstow Town Centre and Wood Street.
Visit: Area Action Plans
Neighbourhood plans are led by authorised local community organisations rather than the Council. When prepared and adopted, they will be part of the statutory development plan. The neighbourhood plan will be focused on the needs of the particular neighbourhood area as formally designated by the Council.
Visit: Neighbourhood Plans.
Supplementary Planning Documents
The Council has published seven adopted documents as follows:
South Grove/St James SPD
- Adoption Statement (70KB PDF file)
- South Grove/St James SPD (25168KB PDF file)
- Consultation Statement (1834KB PDF file)
Public House SPD
The Council recognises the valuable role Public Houses can play as part of sustainable communities, and seeks to protect them from increased pressure for loss to alternative uses. The Public Houses SPD sets out details of existing levels of provision in the borough, records of recent losses, and a series of tests that will apply to future planning applications involving the loss of a Public House.
Inclusive Design SPD
The Council is committed to raising the quality of design for all new development in Waltham Forest and has produced new planning guidance on inclusive design. Two Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) were formally adopted by the Council in May 2011. See formally adopted documents below:
- Inclusive Housing Design (1.6MB PDF file) The Inclusive Housing Design SPD covers all new residential development including new housing development and the design of wheelchair housing and lifetime homes. The conversion of existing premises into residential units is also covered by this guidance
- Inclusive Design for Non-Residential Buildings (2.8MB PDF file)
The Inclusive Design for Non-Residential Buildings SPD focuses on inclusive design for other development including all new buildings, extensions, changes of use and alterations to elevations, for example new shop fronts
Both documents have been informed by a series of national, regional and local policy documents, best practice advice and statutory requirements set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, 2005 (to be subsequently superseded by the emerging Equalities Act 2010).
- Schedule of Consultation Responses to Inclusive Housing Design (86KB PDF file)
- Schedule of Consultation Responses to Inclusive Design for Non Residential Development (32KB PDF file)
Urban Design and Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD
Urban design is essentially about place-making. It is about the design of places, including the design of groups of buildings, the spaces between them, streets and whole areas, and the connections between them. Urban design transcends arguments about the architectural style of individual buildings and focuses instead on our total surroundings and our experience of the three-dimensional built environment.
- Urban Design (4MB PDF file) - This aimed at larger development proposals, including housing schemes and other mixed use development
- Residential Extensions and Alterations (3MB PDF file) -This provides design advice to householders wanting to extend or make changes to their home
Schedule of representations
- Urban design schedule of representations (80KB PDF file)
- Residential extensions schedule of representations (55KB PDF file)
Revised Planning Obligations SPD
In March 2014, the Council resolved to adopt the Revised Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD provides guidance in a single document for developers, applicants and landowners on planning obligations that the Council will seek to include in Section 106 agreements as part of the Local Development Framework.
- Planning Obligations SPD (1.67MB PDF file)
Please click here for more information for this SPD and planning obligations.
Hot Food Takeaway SPD
On 24 March 2009, the Council resolved to adopt the Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This document sets out the approach the Council will take in considering planning applications for hot food takeaway uses in the borough. See Policy DM23 of the Development Management Policies DPD.
- Adoption Statement (29KB PDF file)
- Hot Food Takeaway SPD (1MB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Report (206KB PDF file)
- Consultation Statement (96KB PDF file)
- Schedule of Representations (316KB PDF file)
Locally Listed SPD
As part of the Council’s commitment to protecting the borough’s heritage, we keep a list of locally listed buildings of architectural and historic interest. The purpose of the list is to recognise, promote and protect those buildings and structures which are seen as having heritage value and which contribute significantly to the character and amenity of their surroundings. This list is separate from the nationally recognised list of buildings produced by Central Government (those that may for example be Grade I or Grade II listed) which have greater statutory protection.
Please note that the consultation period for comments on revisions to the Local List ended on Friday,25 November. The Council would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and will take all comments received into consideration in revising the new Local List. We have received over 70 suggestions for new additions to the Local List which are currently being considered. The revised list will be reported to the Council's Cabinet later in the year with a recommendation to formally adopt as a new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
Shop Front Design SPD (being prepared)
This document is under development. The Shop Front Design Guide provides best practice guidance prior to completion of the SPD.
Local Development Scheme
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the Council’s published timetable for preparing documents in the Local Development Framework (LDF).The LDS has the following main purposes:
- To inform the public of the documents that make up the planning policy framework for Waltham Forest
- To establish the priorities and the programme for preparing these documents, the subject matter and the geographical area for each document and the resources involved
Previous LDS documents are published below:
- Local Development Scheme 2011-2013 - full document (1.2MB PDF file)
- Local Development Scheme 2011-2013 - summary timetable (16KB PDF file)
- Local Development Scheme 2009-2012 - full document (2MB PDF file)
Statement of Community Involvement
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council intends to involve the local community and stakeholders in producing local development documents and in considering planning applications. The Council adopted a new SCI document on 9 December 2014.
Background to the SCI Review
The first SCI document was adopted by the Council in June 2007. A draft SCI document (SCI Review 2014) was published for public consultation during the period 11 August - 22 September 2014.
View: Consultation report (249KB PDF file)
View: Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI Review), August 2014 (6.27MB PDF file)
View: Waltham Forest Statement of Community Involvement Adopted - June 2007 (796KB PDF file)
Other background documents can be downloaded using the following links:
- Inspector's Report (54KB PDF file)
- SCI Regulation 31 Statement (536KB PDF file)
- Draft SCI document (submission version) (708KB PDF file)
- Submission Consultation Statement (454KB PDF file)
- Submission Consultation Statement (619KB word file)
- Results of questionnaire survey - June/July 2006 (364KB PDF file)
- "Developing a statement of Community Involvement" November 2006 (363KB PDF file)
- Consultation statement with summary of representations and the Council responses (520KB word file)
- Consultation statement with summary of representations and the Council responses (419KB PDF file)
Annual monitoring reports
This report monitors the success of development plan policies – assessing the extent to which policies have been implemented and related national and local targets met.
- Annual Monitoring Report 2013/14 (6.6MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2012/13 (8.65MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2011/12 (2.56MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2010/11 (1.9MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2009/10 (1.6MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2008/09 (2MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2007/08 (914KB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2006/07 (2.71MB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2005/06(989KB PDF file)
- Annual Monitoring Report 2004/05 (870KB PDF file)
LDF Evidence Base
To ensure that all Development Plan Documents are based on a thorough understanding of the borough’s needs, opportunities and constraints, the Council has published technical studies on a number of topic matters/issues.
Visit: Evidence Base.