New local plan Click to get info
The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough, which is being delivered in stages.
- Current stage: Direction of Travel (Issues and Options). This represents the first public consultation stage on the new local plan. In this consultation document the Council set out the challenges and opportunities for the Borough, growth options and policy directions. Public consultation was undertaken during the period 8 November - 22 December 2017. Please see Planning policy consultations page.
The Council is developing its evidence base to support the new plan. Recent studies completed can be viewed on the Local Plan Evidence Base page
- Next stage: Draft Local Plan (Preferred Options, autumn 2018). Further information to be published.
The core strategy Click to get info
The core strategy sets out the long term spatial vision for the borough that all other planning policies should conform to. It was adopted by the council on 1 March 2012. Full details can be viewed on the core strategy page.
Development management policies Click to get info
The development management policies document sets out borough-wide planning policies to help the council implement the core strategy when determining individual planning applications.
It was adopted on 24 October 2013 and should be read in parallel with the core strategy.
For further details, please see the development management policies page.
Policies map Click to get info
The policies map shows development plan designations and proposals for the allocation of land for specific types of development.
It identifies areas of the borough where area-specific core policies apply, safeguarded sites for notable land uses or activities, significant development sites and other relevant area/site-specific designations.
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North London waste plan Click to get info
The North London waste plan identifies a range of suitable sites for the management of all North London's waste up to 2031.
It sets out policies and guidelines for determining planning applications for waste developments.
This plan is being prepared by the North London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. A draft plan has been published for public consultation during the period 30 July - 30 September 2015.
For further information visit the North London waste plan web site.
Area action plans and site specific allocations Click to get info
Area action plans set out detailed proposals to co-ordinate regeneration activities in the key growth areas identified by the core strategy. The site specific allocations captures opportunity sites that fall outside of these areas. For further details, please click on the links below.
- Blackhorse Lane area action plan (adopted on 29 Jan 2015)
- Walthamstow town centre area action plan (adopted on 16 Oct 2015)
- Northern Olympic Fringe area action plan (preferred options stage completed)
- Wood Street area action plan (preferred options stage completed)
- Site specific allocations (preferred options stage completed)
Neighbourhood plans Click to get info
Neighbourhood plans are led by authorised local community organisations rather than the council.
When prepared and adopted, they will form part of the statutory development plan.
The neighbourhood plan will be focused on the needs of the particular neighbourhood area as formally designated by the council.
Please see the Neighbourhood plans page.
Supplementary planning documents Click to get info
Supplementary planning documents cover a range of issues, thematic or site specific, and provide further detail of policies and proposals in Waltham Forest Local Plan.
Please see the adopted supplementary planning documents.
Self-build and custom housebuilding register Click to get info
The Waltham Forest Council is now operating a two-part register (with effect from 1 April 2017). For both Part 1 and Part 2 of the register you must be over 18 years old and a British, EEA or Swiss national.
Part 1 is for people who have a local connection and the ability to buy a plot of land for self-build. Part 2 is for everyone else who meets the above age and nationality requirements.
Local eligibility conditions
- a local connection through living and/or working in the borough for a continuous period of at least two years; or
- currently in the regular service of armed forces of the Crown, or left the service not more than two years ago; and;
- having sufficient financial resources to purchase a serviced plot of land.
An Association is eligible for entering into Part 1 of the Register if each member of the Association meets all of the local eligibility conditions.
How do I apply?
You can apply to join the Waltham Forest Local Self Build Register via The Local Self Build Register. The Council will not accept any other form of application to join the register. The Council will confirm your eligibility for Part 1 or Part 2 of the register within 28 days of receiving all the information requested.
Please see the self-build and custom housebuilding guidance and FAQs (185KB PDF document)
If you have any queries about local self build and custom build in Waltham Forest, please contact email@example.com
If you are currently on the register and your details/circumstances change or you wish to be removed from the register, please email us as soon as possible.
The register is protected by the Data Protection Act. Please note that the register will not be made public, though the Council may publish headline data (e.g. the overall demand of local self build in Waltham Forest) in the Local Plan Monitoring Report.
Article 4 directions Click to get info
Article 4 directions are for removing some or all permitted development rights, for example within a conservation area or curtilage of a listed building. For more information, please see the Article 4 directions page.
Assets of community value Click to get info
The assets of community value allows defined community groups to ask the council to list certain assets as being of community value.
This is designed to give community groups more opportunities to take control of the assets and facilities important to them. For more information, please see the assets of community value page.
Local development scheme Click to get info
The local development scheme (LDS) sets out the scope and programme for the preparation of the Development Plan Documents the Council intends to prepare. A new LDS has been adopted by the Council. See LDS document 2017-2020 (760KB PDF)
The Council is preparing a new single Local Plan. Key milestones as follows:
- Public consultation on a 'Direction of Travel' document - autumn 2017
- Publication of the Draft Local Plan for consultation - summer 2018
- Publication of the Proposed Submission Plan (final consultation) - spring 2019
- Submission of the Local Plan for independent Examination - autumn 2019
- Adoption - summer 2020
Statement of community involvement Click to get info
The statement of community involvement (SCI) sets out how the council intends to involve the local community and stakeholders in producing planning policy documents and in considering planning applications. The latest version was adopted on 9 December 2014.
View: Statement of community involvement (SCI Review), December 2014 (6.4MB PDF file).
View: Addendum to the adopted Statement of Community Involvement (2014) (201KB PDF file).
Monitoring reports Click to get info
These reports assess the progress and effectiveness of Waltham Forest local plan.
- Authority monitoring report 2015 (6.7MB PDF file)
- Annual monitoring report 2013 -2014 (6.6MB PDF file)
- Annual monitoring report 2012 -2013 (8.65MB PDF file)
- Annual monitoring report 2011 -2012 (2.56MB PDF file)
- Annual monitoring report 2010 -2011 (1.9MB PDF file)
- Annual monitoring report 2009 -2010 (1.6MB PDF file)