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Draft South London Waste Plan


The London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton have jointly prepared a new Draft South London Waste Plan. The South London Waste Plan sets out the partner boroughs’ long-term vision, spatial strategy and planning policies for the sustainable management of waste over the next 15 year period.

The London Borough of Sutton, along with Croydon, Kingston and Merton, submitted the Draft South London Waste Plan 2020 to the Secretary of State for examination on 19 January 2021, in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The hearing sessions will commence at 09:30 on Wednesday 1 September 2021 at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. The relevant COVID regulations/guidelines, in force at the time, will be in operation together with any specific to the venue. 

People who do not wish to attend in person will be able to exercise their right to be heard by the Inspectors (where this applies) separately through video conferencing software. Arrangements will also be in place for people to observe the hearing sessions in person and remotely via livestreaming. However, please be aware that the COVID pandemic may require alteration to these arrangements at short notice.

Examination News 

Keep up to date with the latest examination news. This will be regularly updated and direct you to any new documents or correspondence. Any Examination Documents referred to below are available via the tab at the top of this page or here.

22 July 2021 - The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) on 20 July 2021.  The inspectors have issued a Note in relation to this. This document can be viewed in the examination library as INSP05. 

21st July 2021 - Hearing statements from the SLWP Boroughs and other participants have now been published. These are available via "Hearing Statements" tab at the top of this page. In addition, new Examination Documents have also been published and are available via the 'Examination Documents' tab at the top of this page.

26 April 2021 - The GLA have now provided an updated Opinion of Conformity, as requested by the inspectors in their Preliminary Matters. This document can be viewed in the examination library as OTH 01.

26th March 2021 – The inspectors have issued their Guidance Note (INSP03), the Matters, Issues and Questions (INSP02), and the Provisional Hearing Programme (INSP04).

8th March 2021 – The SLWP Boroughs has published its response to the Preliminary Matters (SLWP01), along with a Schedule of Main Modifications (SLWP02a) and Additional modifications (SLWP3a)

18 February 2021 – The inspectors have issued their Preliminary Matters for the Boroughs. This document can be viewed in the examination library as INSP01.

The Inspectors

The Secretary of State has appointed Steve Normington BSc DipTP MRICS MRTPI FIQ FIHE and G J Fort BA PGDip LLM MCD MRTPI to conduct the independent examination into whether the Draft South London Waste Plan is sound and complies with all the legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan’s policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

Programme Officer

Carmel Edwards has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination and will deal with all procedural and administrative matters. She is independent from the councils and reports directly to the Inspector. Ms Edwards is responsible for the day to day organisation of the examination and will act as a channel of communication between the Inspector and all parties, including the council officers and representors.

All correspondence or queries relating to the examination should be directed to the Programme Officer. Contact details:

Carmel Edwards
Telephone: 07969 631 930
Email: programmeofficer@carmeledwards.com 

Hearing sessions 

The Inspectors will conduct a series of public hearings as part of the examination process. The provisional hearing programme has been issued by the inspectors and is available under Examination Documents as INSP04.

Examination Documents 

The Council will publish Examination Documents throughout the course of the examination-in-public. The ‘Examination News’ section will provide updates when new Examination Document are published.


The Full Examination is available in the Examination Library Index, including National, Regional and other Local documents, but the main ones are set out below:

S1: Draft South London Waste Plan

S2: Sustainability Appraisal on South London Waste Plan

N8: Cherkley Court Judgement

E1: Representations on the Draft South London Waste Plan

E1a: Late Representation (Rep 48) from Elliot Colburn MP (Carshalton and Wallington)

E1b: Late Representation from the Wimbledon Park Residents Association

E2: Appendices to the Representations on the Draft South London Waste Plan

E3: Regulation 19 Statement of Consultation

E4: Letter of Conformity from The Mayor of London

E5: Statement of Cooperation Part 1

E6: Statement of Cooperation Part 2

E7: Site Appraisals

E8: Deliverability Report

E9: Sequential Test

E10: South London Waste Plan Technical Paper

E11: South London Waste Plan Technical Paper Appendices

E12: PAS Legal Compliance Checklist

P1: South London Waste Plan Issues and Preferred Options Document

P2: Sustainability Appraisal on the South London Waste Plan Issues and Preferred Options Document

P3: Appendices to Sustainability Appraisal on the South London Waste Plan Issues and Preferred Options Document

P4: Regulation 18 (Issues and Preferred Options) Representations Schedule

P5: Regulation 18 (Issues and Preferred Options) Statement of Consultation

P6: Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

P7: Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Representations

The Examination process 

If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination will be carried out, the Planning Inspectorate has produced a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice

Privacy Notice

Any responses received to the consultations will be held electronically for the purposes of meeting the council’s duties arising from reporting consultations. Consultation responses will be made public but your personal data will not be made public. Consultation responses will be kept for two years.

Consultation responses and your personal data will be passed to the Planning Inspectorate and a Programme Officer who will work for the Planning Inspector who will examine the plan. The Programme Officer may contact you using the personal information you have provided.

If you wish to have your details removed from the planning policy consultation list at any time please contact planningpolicy@sutton.gov.uk. By remaining on the consultation list you consent to the council holding your name, contact details and, where relevant, organisation name in order to be contacted solely for future consultations on planning policy and related matters. Your details are held electronically and will not be passed on to any third parties for marketing purposes. The council’s privacy policy can be viewed here. The Planning Inspectorates Privacy Notice is also available online here.