South London waste plan

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

Information on the current South London waste plan.

The South London Waste Plan (adopted 14 December 2022) sets out the spatial issues and objectives to be met in waste management for the next ten years up to 2037. It is a joint development plan document (DPD) and covers the geographical area comprising 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 and identifies existing waste sites to be safeguarded and areas where waste facility development may be suitable.

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

Production of the South London Waste Plan


The London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton jointly prepared a new Draft South London Waste Plan which 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.
Visit for details about the examination of the draft South London Waste Plan 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.

The Inspectors found the South London Waste Plan sound. View the Inspector’s Report.

See the adoption statement for details about this process.


South London Waste Plan Final - amended 24 November 2022 (PDF,7MB)

Inspectors final report on the examination of the South London Waste Plan (PDF, 1.4MB)

Adoption Statement - South London Waste Plan (PDF, 900KB)

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)



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