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Planning Policy

The Strategic Planning service is responsible for preparing the Council's planning policies and proposals to guide the future development of the Borough.

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Local Development Framework

The Council's policies used in determining  within the Borough are prepared by the Strategic Planning team in consultation with the local community. Sutton's adopted Local Development Framework (LDF), consists of a range of Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

The Core Planning Strategy DPD, which sets out the Council's Vision, spatial strategy and policies for the future development of the Borough over the next 10-15 years, is the main document within Sutton's LDF.  The Core Planning Strategy was formally adopted on 7 December 2009. The Site Development Policies DPD allocates a range of sites to meet development needs of the Borough and puts forward policies for managing development. The Site Development Policies DPD was formally adopted on 5 March 2012.  The  South London Waste Plan DPD, prepared jointly between the four south London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton, sets out he partner borough's long-term vision, spatial strategy and policies for the sustainable management of waste over the next 10 years. The South London Waste Plan was formally adopted on 5 March 2012.

The Localism Act 2011 has introduced a new community based process called 'Neighbourhood Planning', allowing communities to help decide the future of the places where they live and work. Hackbridge was selected by the Government to pilot these new neighbourhood planning powers in advance of the Localism Bill becoming law. Since June 2011 the community have been working towards producing the Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Climate Change Adaptation (GRaBS Project)

The Council is taking part in an EU-funded project called 'GRaBS' (Green and Blue Space Adaptation in Urban Areas and Eco-Towns) which seeks to share best practice in planning for climate change. The GRaBS Project involves a range of local authorities from across Europe including the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Lithuania. As part of the project, the Council  launched a major programme of community engagement between September and 14 November 2010 in order to promote awareness of climate change adaptation issues affecting the Borough and invited feedback on the Council's proposed approach.

Heritage Designations

The London Borough of Sutton has a rich quality of heritage areas and buildings, which the Council seeks to protect and enhance through various types of heritage designations.  The  pdf icon Borough Heritage Study 2009 [11Mb] sets out an overview of the heritage assets in the Borough and will help you identify the location of boundaries of Conservation Areas, Areas of Special Local Character, Listed Buildings and Locally Listed Buildings, scheduled Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Priority Areas.  In accordance with the Planing (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act) 1990 the Council is undertaking a review of its Conservation Areas. The link below sets out the agreed programme of the review: 

Conservation Areas
Areas of Special Local Character
Statutorily Listed Buildings
Locally Listed Buildings

Wandle Valley Regional Park

The proposed Wandle Valley Regional Park, which would extend from the upper River Wandle in Croydon, through Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, would provide over 3,000 hectares of connected green space and built areas along the length of the River Wandle. Its creation forms a key part of the Mayor's London Plan, a central theme of which is the creation of 'joined-up' green spaces in the capital.

The development phase for the Wandle Valley Regional Park is being co-ordinated through a partnership between the environmental  Groundwork London the Greater London Authority (GLA) the Wandle Forum, the South London Partnership and the London Boroughs of Sutton, CroydonMerton and Wandsworth.

During 2008, residents, community groups and local businesses were invited to comment on the initial plans and a new website was launched by Groundwork London to enable consultees to comment via an interactive map at Wandle Valley Park.  A Vision for the proposed Wandle Valley Regional Park has now been published.

The pdf icon Wandle Gateways [2Mb] project has been developed in partnership with local landfill operator Viridor and Sutton Council as part of the long term development of the Wandle Valley Regional Park. This initiative is also an important part of European project GRaBS (Green & Blue Space) - adaption for Urban areas & Eco Towns.

Planning - local plans

Find out about Sutton's local plans here.


From areas of natural beauty to listed buildings, this section contains information about conservation projects in Sutton.

Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-Towns (GRaBS)

GRaBS Logo Between 2008-11 the Council took part in the EU GRaBS project (Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Eco-Towns and Urban Areas) together with 14 partner organisations across Europe.The project, which concluded in August 2011, was aimed at sharing best practice in planning for climate change by maximising the role of green and blue space.

Planning - natural heritage areas

Sutton has long been regarded as a prosperous and attractive area in which to live. It conveys the image of a leafy well laid-out established 'arcadia', historically being a collection of rural villages.

Local Development Framework (LDF)

The council has prepared a spatial strategy and planning policy framework for the future development of the Borough called the Local Development Framework (LDF).

Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act has introduced a new community based process called 'Neighbourhood Planning', allowing communities to help decide the future of the places where they live and work.