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Local Plan

Last updated 8 January 2016

The Waltham Forest Local Plan 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 documents.

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The Core Strategy

The Core Strategy sets out the long term spatial vision for the borough that all other planning policies should conform with. It was adopted by the Council on the 1st March 2012. Full details can be viewed on the Core Strategy page.

Development Management Policies

The Development Management Policies Document sets out borough-wide planning policies to help the Council implement the Core Strategy when determining individual planning applications. It was adopted on 24th October 2013 and should be read in parallel with the Core Strategy. For further details, please see the Development Management Policies page.

Policies map

The Policies Map illustrates Development Plan designations 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 Policies Map was adopted on October 2013 alongside Development Management Policies and has been further updated following the adoption of subsequent Area Action Plan. It replaces the 2006 UDP Proposals Map.

View the Local Plan Policies Map (7MB PDF file) and Inset Maps (12MB PDF file)

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. A 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 and Site Specific Allocations

Area Action Plans set out detailed proposals to co-ordinate regeneration activities in the key growth areas identified by the Core Strategy. The Site Specific Allocations captures opportunity sites that fall outside of these areas. For further details, please click on the links below.

Neighbourhood 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. Please see the Neighbourhood Plans page.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents cover a range of issues, thematic or site specific, and provide further detail of policies and proposals in Waltham Forest Local Plan. Please see the adopted supplementary planning documents.

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Directions are for removing some or all permitted development rights, for example within a conservation area or curtilage of a listed building. For more information, please see the Article 4 directions page.

Assets of Community Value

The Assets of Community Value allows defined community groups to ask the Council to list certain assets as being of “community value”. This is designed to give community groups more opportunities to take control of the assets and facilities important to them. For more information, please see the Assets of Community Value page.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the Council’s published timetable for preparing documents in the Local Development Framework (LDF).

New programme for 2016-19 is being prepared.

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 planning policy documents and in considering planning applications. The latest version was adopted on 9 December 2014.

View: Statement of Community Involvement (SCI Review), December 2014 (6.4MB PDF file)

Annual Monitoring Reports

These reports assess the progress and effectiveness of Waltham Forest Local Plan.

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. Please see the Evidence Base page.

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Contact details

  • Planning Policy Team

    Regeneration and Growth Room G08 Sycamore House Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex Forest Road Walthamstow
    E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 6748