Local plan

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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 Draft Local Plan

There’s a lot of work taking place across the borough to make sure we have the homes, work places, transport network, schools, health and leisure facilities that our residents will need in the future.

To help us make sure development happens in a coordinated way we have prepared a Draft Local Plan which will cover the period from 2020 to 2035, It sets out how the borough will meet the challenges of economic, environmental and social sustainability to ensure good growth and sustainable development.

When finally adopted it will replace a number of other planning documents, so all our policies are in one place.

This Plan 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.

We now want your views on the ideas we have brought together. The Draft Local Plan recognises the different needs of different parts of the borough and has three sections covering the north, central and south areas of Waltham Forest.

This Plan does not include detailed policies for individual sites as these can be found on the Brownfield Land Register.

Supporting documents

The following documents support the Draft Local Plan consultation and provide more information for you: 


The consultation ran from Monday 22 July 2019 until midnight on Monday 30 September 2019.

An introductory leaflet was delivered from Monday 22 July 2019 to households and businesses across the borough.

Three different leaflets have been produced: 

Engagement Events

There were a number of events where residents can drop in, see the proposals and comment on them, including:

  • Wednesday 31 July, 6pm until 8.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN
  • Saturday 4 August, 2pm until 9pm, Waltham Forest Mela, Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, Leyton, E10 7BL
  • Wednesday 31 July, 6pm until 8.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN
  • Saturday 4 August, 2pm until 9pm, Waltham Forest Mela, Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, Leyton, E10 7BL
  • Friday 9 August, 9.30am until 11am, Planning Agents Briefing Breakfast on Draft Local Plan, Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
  • Monday 12 August, 4pm until 8.30pm, Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY
  • Thursday 15 August, 4pm until 8.30pm, Wood Street Library, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4AA
  • Saturday 31 August, 1pm to 8pm, Chingfest, Ridgeway Park, Old Church Road, Chingford, E4 6RS
  • Saturday 7 September, 10am until 4pm, Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD
  • Saturday 14 September, 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, 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.


Keeping you informed

Sign up for the Draft Local Plan email newsletter for details of meetings and latest news

New local plan Click to get info

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough, which is being delivered in stages.

Direction of Travel (Issues and Options). This represents the first public consultation stage on the new local plan. In this consultation document the council set out the challenges and opportunities for the borough, growth options and policy directions. Public consultation was undertaken during the period 8 November to 22 December 2017. Please see Planning policy consultations page.

The Council is developing its evidence base to support the new plan. Recent studies completed can be viewed on the Local Plan Evidence Base page

Consultation on the Draft Local Plan took place between Monday 22 July 2019 and Monday 30 September 2019.

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. See LDS document 2017-2020 (760KB 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.

Current monitoring report

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 was launched on Wednesday 31 July 2019 and closes on Tuesday 31 December 2019.

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

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