Local Development Framework
On this page:
- Key updates
- The Core Strategy
- Development Management Policies
- Proposals/Policies map
- North London Waste Plan
- Area Action Plans
- Neighbourhood Plans
- Interim Planning Policy Documents
- Supplementary Planning Documents
- Adopted SPDs
- Local Development Scheme
- Statement of Community Involvement
- Annual monitoring reports
- LDF Evidence Base
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.
- Public Houses SPD – draft Supplementary Planning Document published for consultation during the period 5 December 2014 to 16 January 2015
- Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan - Inspector's Report published
- 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 2015
- Wood Street Area Action Plan - published for consultation (29 July to 30 September 2013). Next round of consultation in Spring 2015
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.
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.
Interim Planning Policy Documents
The Council published these documents prior to the preparation of the Local Development Framework. Work is currently in progress to carry forward the policies/proposals contained in these document to the Local Plan.
(1) Dwelling conversions - interim Planning Policy Document (adopted November 2008)
This policy has been carried forward to the Development Management Policies DPD adopted November 2013. (See Policy DM6)
Visit: Development Management Policies DPD .
On 25 November 2008 the Council resolved to adopt the Dwelling Conversions Interim Planning Policy (IPP) document. This document clarifies and updates the UDP policy relating to the conversion of dwelling houses into self-contained flats.
- Adoption Statement (28KB PDF file)
- Dwelling Conversions IPP document (1MB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Report (234KB PDF file)
- Consultation Statement (126KB PDF file)
(2) Blackhorse Lane Interim Planning Policy Framework
Visit: Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan .
The emerging Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan carries forward the policies and proposals included in the Blackhorse Lane Interim Planning Policy Framework.
Interim Planning Policy Framework (3.5MB PDF file)
This is a large document and as such it has been broken down into smaller files to make it more accessible.
Summary (186KB PDF file)
1. Introduction (187KB PDF file)
- Purpose of an Interim Planning Policy Framework for Blackhorse Lane
- Status of the framework
- How the plan was developed
2. The Blackhorse Lane area (338KB PDF file)
- Description of the area
- Strategic context
- Local issues
3. Vision and objectives (144KB PDF file)
4. Key diagram (340KB PDF file)
5. Development sites (860KB PDF file)
6. Objective 1: A new centre around the station (377KB PDF file)
- The need for a new neighbourhood centre
- The Blackhorse Lane Neighbourhood Centre
7. Objective 2: Bringing the country into the city (456KB PDF file)
- The potential for improved access to the Lee Valley Regional Park
- Improved access, views and signage
- Proposed waterfront park
- Recreation opportunities
- Greening the area
- Other policy considerations
8. Objective 3: Meeting housing need (356KB PDF file)
- Housing targets and need
- Proposed housing and mixed used development in Blackhorse Lane
- Design of housing and mixed use developments
- Housing tenure, type and density
- Sustainable development and flood risk
9. Objective 4: A 21st century business area (844KB PDF file)
- Regional and sub-regional demand for employment land and the policy response
- The Blackhorse Lane labour market
- Industrial estates in the Blackhorse Lane area: key issues
- The strategy for employment and industry in Blackhorse Lane
- Employment land outside of the Strategic Employment Location
- A vision for the Blackhorse Lane Strategic Employment Location
- Access to employment for local residents
10. Objective 5: New horizons for local people (347KB PDF file)
- Key sites for new or improved services
- Education and childcare
- Community, voluntary and faith centres
- Community safety
11. Objective 6: Managing traffic and encouraging sustainable transport (358KB PDF file)
- Existing situation – key issues
- Impact of proposed developments
- Transport strategy and policies
12. Design and development principles (195KB PDF file)
- Planning applications
- Station area (sites BHL1, BHL2 and BHL3)
- Sutherland Road (sites BHL4, BHL5 and BHL6)
- Billet / Kimberley (site BHL7)
13. Planning Obligations (59KB PDF file)
14. Translation (81KB PDF file)
(3) Walthamstow Town Centre Master Plan and Interim Planning Policy Framework
The emerging Walthamstow Town Centre Area Action Plan carries forward the policies and proposals included in the Walthamstow Town Centre Masterplan 2011.
Walthamstow Town Centre Master plan 2011
In July 2010 the Council agreed to undertake a revision to is interim planning policy framework for the eastern end of Walthamstow Town Centre (developed with The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in 2008). A new masterplan was considered necessary for this area of the town centre in the light of significant changes planned. These changes include a proposed new mixed-use development (residential, commercial and leisure) on the Arcade site, the installation of the Live Screen on the town square and gardens, consent for a new development including a hotel on the Central Station car park site and aspirations by the owners of Selbourne Walk Shopping Mall to extend their retail offer.
A refresh of the 2008 master plan for Walthamstow Town Centre was undertaken by MacCreanor Lavington and Gort Scott.
This short-term master plan (written by The London Borough of Waltham Forest) is set within, and draws on, a longer-term (10-15 year) plan created by MacCreanor Lavington and their team. The long-term approach will form the evidence base for the development of the area action plan preferred options for Walthamstow, due to be consulted on in late summer 2011.
The short term master plan was adopted by Cabinet on 11 May 2011 as interim planning guidance and will be a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications until the adoption of the Walthamstow Area Action Plan planned for 2013.
View the adopted master plan (1.3MB PDF file)
View the Interim Planning Policy Framework (3MB PDF file)
Supplementary Planning Documents
Public Houses SPD
The Council has prepared a Draft ‘Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)’ for public consultation.
This has been prepared in recognition of the valuable role Public Houses can play as part of sustainable communities, and increased pressure for their loss to alternative uses. It includes details of the 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.
Consultation will run for a period of six weeks; from 5th December 2014 to 16th January 2015. All comments submitted will be carefully considered in preparing the final document for adoption.
The draft SPD can be viewed below.
Copies are also available for inspection at the Council's offices at Sycamore House, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, E17 4JF and at all other Waltham Forest Branch Libraries during opening hours.
How to submit comments
- Submit your comments online - The Council is encouraging electronic submission of consultation responses
- Questionnaire - you will need to download and complete the questionnare and return by email to email@example.com or by post to Planning Policy Team, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Room G08, Sycamore House, Forest Road, London E17 4JF
The Council has published six (6) documents as follows:
(1) 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)
(2) 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)
(3) Planning Obligations SPD
On 25 November 2008 the Council resolved to adopt the 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.
- Adoption Statement (29KB PDF file)
- Planning Obligations SPD (280KB PDF file)
- Sustainability Appraisal Report (772KB PDF file)
- Consultation Statement (573KB PDF file)
Annexe to Planning Obligations SPD: - Blackhorse Lane Planning Obligations Strategy
This area-based planning obligations strategy relates to the Blackhorse Lane Growth Area. The Council adopted this document on 24 February 2009.
- Adoption Statement 927KB PDF file)
- Annexe to Planning Obligations SPD (main document) (1.45MB PDF file)
- Consultation Statement (67KB PDF file)
For further information please contact the Spatial Planning Unit by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8496 3000
(4) 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)
(5) 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).
(6)Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGN8) - Shopfront Design Guide
Shop front Design Guide (Adopted June 1999) (232 PDF file)
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.