South London waste plan

Information on the current South London waste plan, and the new plan that is being prepared.

The current South London waste plan

The South London Waste Plan (PDF, 3.81MB) (adopted on 30 January 2012), sets out the spatial issues and objectives to be met in waste management for the next 10 years up to 2022. It is a joint development plan document (DPD) and covers the geographical area in the London Borough of Croydon, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the London Borough of Merton and the London Borough of Sutton. It contains policies to:

  • guide the determination of planning applications for waste facilities
  • identify existing waste sites to be safeguarded 
  • identify areas where waste facility development may be suitable

It's also part of the development plan for Croydon's local plan programme. It is in conformity with the policies in the Croydon Local Plan 2018 and should be read alongside it.

Revised South London Waste Plan

The London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton have jointly prepared a new draft South London waste plan. This 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 draft South London waste plan 2020 was submitted 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. 

Read the draft South London waste plan (Sutton council website) for details about the examination and to view the examination library. 


The Inspectors

The Secretary of State has appointed Steve Normington (BSc DipTP MRICS MRTPI FIQ FIHE) and GJ Fort BA (Hons) PGDip LLM MCD 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. 

Hearings were held in September 2021

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 representatives. 

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

Carmel Edwards 
Telephone: 07969 631 930 

Main Modifications

The Main Modifications consultation will run for seven weeks between Thursday 14 July 2022 and 5pm Friday 2 September 2022. The amendments are set out in a “Main Modifications Schedule.” This document, along with a Sustainability Appraisal of the Main Modifications, can be found at

Representations made should:

  • Clearly distinguish which modification number is being commented on
  • Base comments on the Government’s test of soundness: Is the modification positively prepared? Is the modification justified (based on evidence)? Is the modification effective (deliverable)? Is the modification consistent with national planning policy?


Draft South London waste plan (PDF, 9MB)

South London Waste Plan 2012 (PDF, 3.81MB)

Sustainability appraisal (PDF, 6MB)

Notice of hearing (PDF, 85KB)

SLWP Main Modifications Schedule  (PDF, 2MB)

SLWP Additional Modifications Schedule (PDF, 410KBB

SLWP Addendum on Main Modifications (PDF,3MB)

SLWP Changes to the Policies Map   (PDF, 3.5MB)

SLWP Equalities Impact Assessment on Main Modifications

SLWP Main Modifications FAQ’s   (PDF,2.5MB)


Spatial Planning
6th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

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