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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.

The Waltham Forest Local Plan Part 1 was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 30 April 2021. In response to the Inspectors’ preliminary matters, the Council has submitted some additional documents and information listed in the ‘Local Plan Examination Documents’ section below. The Matters, Issues and Questions for the examination and the timescale for the examination hearings will be published on this page in due course. Please note that the examination is of Part 1 of the Local Plan and does not cover the Part 2 Site Allocations document which is being prepared separately.

Following submission, the Planning Inspectorate has appointed Sarah Housden BA(Hons) MRTPI and Catherine Jack BSc (Hons) MA MA(TP) MRTPI jointly as Planning Inspectors to carry out the independent examination on the Local Plan (LP1).

Submission Notice

Work on the Council’s new Local Plan - Shaping the Borough, Waltham Forest Local Plan (LP1) has reached the Submission Stage. In accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Council is required to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State who will appoint an Inspector to carry out an independent examination. This process is dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate.  

Submission Letter

List of Submission Documents  

Key Documents 

KD0: Submission Documents

KD1: Waltham Forest Local Plan (Shaping the Borough, LP1) 2020-2035 - Proposed Submission Document, October 2020 

KD2: Schedule of Proposed Changes to the Published Plan,  September 2021

KD3: Local Plan Policies Map  

KD4: Waltham Forest Local Plan (LP1) - Sustainability Appraisal (Submission Version) April 2021 

KD5: Waltham Forest Local Plan (LP1) - Habitats Regulation Assessment (Submission version), April 2021 

KD6: Consultation Statement

KD7: Duty to Cooperate Statement, April 2021

KD9: Equalities Impact Assessment 

KD8: Schedule of Representations Made (Regulation 19 Stage)  

KD10: Waltham Forest Local Development Scheme 2020-2023 

KD11: Waltham Forest Statement of Community Involvement, 2018  

KD12: Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Autumn 2020 

KD13: Whole Plan Viability Study, April 2021

Supporting Documents  

SD1: Shaping the Borough - Waltham Forest Local Plan, Draft Site Allocations Document (LP2), September 2020 

SD2: Schedule of Changes made to the Waltham Forest Draft Local Plan - Shaping the Borough (included in the Proposed Submission Local Plan)

SD3: Shaping the Borough Draft Local Plan (Reg 18) 2020 to 2025

SD4: Waltham Forest Local Plan (Shaping the Borough, Draft Plan), Consultation Report, June 2020  

SD5: Sustainability Appraisal Report – Draft Local Plan, July 2019 

SD6:  Waltham Forest Local Plan (Direction of Travel Document, Regulation 18), November 2017 

SD7: Waltham Forest Local Plan (Direction of Travel Document, Regulation 18), Consultation Report. 

SD8: Sustainability Appraisal Report (Direction of Travel Document), November 2017 

Other Documents  

The Local Plan is supported by a comprehensive list of Evidence Based documents

Emerging new Local Plan Click to get info

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough. When adopted it will set out the Council’s planning policy for the next 15 years.

It will shape developments and guide decisions on the location, amount and types of development the borough requires to meet local needs and accommodate good growth.

The Local Plan will be one of the main points of reference that planning officers and the elected planning committee will use to guide decisions on planning applications.

It will also be used by landowners when considering how they might develop their land.

This plan is being prepared in two parts:

Proposed Submission Local Plan document (Regulation 19) published. Statutory consultation started on 26 October and closed on 14 December 2020.  The Council is currently processing representations made. The Council intends to submit this document for independent examination in public in Spring 2021. If you would like to be alerted to the public examination, please sign up for the Local Plan newsletter.

Sign up for the local plan email newsletter 

Draft Plan (Preferred Options) Local Plan document (Regulation 18) published. Consultation started on 24 September and closed on 14 December 2020. The Council is currently processing responses. This will inform the preparation of the Proposed Submission Site Allocations Local Plan Document – LP2), which will be prepared for the final round of consultation (Regulation 19 stage) during Summer 2021. 

The Draft Local Plan

Draft Local Plan 2019 - Consultation on the Draft Local Plan (Preferred Options) took place from Monday 22 July 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019.

Background documents

Direction of Travel 2017 – Regulation 18 Issues and Options Consultation took place from 8 November to 22 December 2017.

Background documents

Consultation Leaflets

Engagement Events


Invited representatives from community groups discussed possible sites where growth could be accommodated as part of the Draft Local Plan.

  • North Waltham Forest on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Chingford Assembly Rooms
  • Central Waltham Forest on Monday 3 February 2020 at Walthamstow Library
  • South Waltham Forest on Tuesday 10 February 2020 at Leytonstone Library

Drop in sessions

  • Wednesday 31 July 2019, 6pm until 8.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN
  • Saturday 4 August 2019, 2pm until 9pm, Waltham Forest Mela, Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, Leyton, E10 7BL
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019, 6pm until 8.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN
  • Saturday 4 August 2019, 2pm until 9pm, Waltham Forest Mela, Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, Leyton, E10 7BL
  • Friday 9 August 2019, 9.30am until 11am, Planning Agents Briefing Breakfast on Draft Local Plan, Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
  • Monday 12 August 2019, 4pm until 8.30pm, Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY
  • Thursday 15 August 2019, 4pm until 8.30pm, Wood Street Library, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4AA
  • Saturday 31 August 2019, 1pm to 8pm, Chingfest, Ridgeway Park, Old Church Road, Chingford, E4 6RS
  • Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am until 4pm, Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD
  • Saturday 14 September 2019, 10am until 3pm, Walthamstow Wetlands. 2 Forest Road, London N17 9NH
  • Wednesday 18 September 2019, 11am to 4pm, Main Outpatients Department, Lower Ground Floor, Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Road,Leytonstone, E11 1NR. A drop in event at Whipps Cross Hospital Open Day when the NHS Trust's options for redevelopment of the site were also available for residents’ comments.
  • Saturday 21 September 2019, 10am until 5pm, Leytonstone Library, The Space, Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG. There were also meetings for specific groups to comment on the proposals:
  • Wednesday 11 September 2019, 7pm to 8.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN. This was a Focus Group Workshop event.
  • Monday 16 September 2019, 7pm to 8.30pm, Canons Farm Kitchen, 102 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, E11 3NJ. Focus Group engagement event with Cann Hall Area Residents' Association (CHARA) committee. This event was only for people invited by CHARA.
  • Tuesday 17 September 2019, 12.30pm to 2pm, Walthamstow Connecting Conversation on Draft Local Plan, The Garden Room, The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA. This was a Focus Group Workshop event.
  • Wednesday 18 September 2019, 5pm to 6pm, Innovation Lab, Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF. Waltham Forest Youth Forum consultation.
  • Monday 23 September 2019, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Leyton Connecting Conversation on Draft Local Plan, Community Room, The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY. This was a Focus Group Workshop event.
  • Friday 27 September 2019, 12 noon to 2pm, Leytonstone Connecting Conversation on Draft Local Plan, Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ. This was a Focus Group Workshop event.

The comments received during the Draft Local Plan engagement in summer 2019 have been collated into a 700 page report. Each comment has the Council's response next to it. Download the report.

Keeping you informed

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The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) uses a wide variety of data to set out:

  • What infrastructure is required for the future?
  • When will it be required?
  • How much is it likely to cost?
  • How will it be funded and who is responsible for providing it?
  • Are there any identified funding gaps? If so, how are they likely to be overcome?

This includes physical infrastructure such as transport, waste and energy supply, but also social facilities such as schools, healthcare and culture, and green & blue infrastructure such as sport pitches, playgrounds and our forest, river and reservoirs.

The Infrastructure Development Plan is a live document that will be revised annually as we receive new information, or when new technologies and solutions become available.

Download documents listed below:

The core strategy Click to get info

The core strategy sets out the long term spatial vision for the borough that all other planning policies should conform to. It was adopted by the council on 1 March 2012. Full details can be viewed on the core strategy page.

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 24 October 2013 and should be read in parallel with the core strategy.

For further details, please see the development management policies page.

Policies map Click to get info

The policies map shows 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.

View the local plan policies map (7MB PDF file) and inset maps (12MB PDF file)

If you need high resolution quality PDF version, please contact us at planning.policy@walthamforest.gov.uk

North London waste plan Click to get info

The North London waste plan identifies a range of suitable sites for the management of all North London's waste up to 2031.

It 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.

For further information visit the North London waste plan web site.

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 Click to get info

Neighbourhood plans are led by authorised local community organisations rather than the council.

When prepared and adopted, they will form 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 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.

The Waltham Forest Council is now operating a two-part register (with effect from 1 April 2017). For both Part 1 and Part 2 of the register you must be over 18 years old and a British, EEA or Swiss national.

Part 1 is for people who have a local connection and the ability to buy a plot of land for self-build. Part 2 is for everyone else who meets the above age and nationality requirements.

Local eligibility conditions

  • a local connection through living and/or working in the borough for a continuous period of at least two years; or
  • currently in the regular service of armed forces of the Crown, or left the service not more than two years ago; and;
  • having sufficient financial resources to purchase a serviced plot of land.


An Association is eligible for entering into Part 1 of the Register if each member of the Association meets all of the local eligibility conditions.

How do I apply?

You can apply to join the Waltham Forest Local Self Build Register via The Local Self Build Register.  The Council will not accept any other form of application to join the register.  The Council will confirm your eligibility for Part 1 or Part 2 of the register within 28 days of receiving all the information requested. 

Please see the self-build and custom housebuilding guidance and FAQs (185KB PDF document)

Contact us

If you have any queries about local self build and custom build in Waltham Forest, please contactplanning.policy@walthamforest.gov.uk

If you are currently on the register and your details/circumstances change or you wish to be removed from the register, please email us as soon as possible.

The register is protected by the Data Protection Act. Please note that the register will not be made public, though the Council may publish headline data (e.g. the overall demand of local self build in Waltham Forest) in the Local Plan Monitoring Report.

Article 4 directions Click to get info

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 Click to get info

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 Click to get info

The local development scheme (LDS) sets out the scope and programme for the preparation of the Development Plan Documents the Council intends to prepare. A new LDS has been adopted by the Council.

Download the Local Development Scheme document 2020 - 2023 (682KB PDF)

We have prepared the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This document provides detailed guidelines on how the council will look to engage with the local community and stakeholders in producing planning policy documents and in considering planning applications.

Statement of community involvement (PDF 2.2MB)

Monitoring reports Click to get info

These reports assess the progress and effectiveness of Waltham Forest local plan.

Previous monitoring reports

Evidence base Click to get info

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.

Call for Sites Click to get info

A Call for Sites consultation ran from Wednesday 31 July 2019 to Tuesday 31 December 2019.

This was an invitation to suggest sites for possible development in the borough.

Three workshops on possible sites which may be included in the Draft Local Plan were arranged with representatives from community groups:

  • North Waltham Forest on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Chingford Assembly Rooms
  • Central Waltham Forest on Monday 3 February 2020 at Walthamstow Library
  • South Waltham Forest on Tuesday 10 February 2020 at Leytonstone Library

Information from these workshops will be analysed and published on the web site as part of the public engagement on the Draft Local Plan.

Read the document and submit your comments 

Sustainability Appraisal Click to get info

The Council is carrying out separate consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Report on the Draft Local Plan.

Sustainability Appraisal is a process to assess the social, environmental and economic impacts of a Plan and is required under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulation 2004.

The consultation period runs from Wednesday 9 October until Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Read the document and submit your comments