London Borough of Croydon

This page is dedicated to the examination of the Croydon Local Plan.

Current stage

The Secretary of State appointed Planning Inspector, following the Examination Hearings, has concluded his examination of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission).

What has happened to get to this stage?

The plan and supporting documents were published by the Council for representations which provided the local community and other interested parties with a formal opportunity to consider the final version of the Local Plan. Representations were able to be made between 5 September and 17 October 2016. Any representation received before 5 September or after 17 October were not accepted by the council as valid and were not considered by the planning inspector at examination.

The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review ((Proposed Submission) was approved at full Council 5 December 2016) and was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State on 3 February 2017. The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector Paul Clark BA MA MRTPI to conduct an independent examination of the Croydon Local Plan.

All valid representations were considered by the independent planning inspector at examination, which was held in Spring 2017. The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the framework).

A consultation on Main Modifications recommended by the Inspector in order to make the Local Plan documents sound took place between 29 August and 10 October 2017. This was followed by a consultation on Further Main Modifications which took place between 15 December 2017 and 5 January 2018.

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the local plan is:

  • positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development)
  • justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence)
  • effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities)
  • consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework)

The Inspector also considered whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate and met the legal and procedural requirements.

What happens next?

The Council aims to adopt the Local Plan in early 2018.

Examination documents

You can view the index of examination documents. It contains links to the:

  • Correspondence with the Inspector
  • Council’s and other parties examination statements
  • Evidence supporting the Croydon Local Plan;
  • Representations received on the Proposed Submission drafts of the Croydon Local Plan
  • Representations received on the Main Modifications to the Croydon Local Plan

Further information on the Croydon Local Plan including the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission) documents can be found on the following webpages:



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