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Core Planning Strategy

Part of Merton's Local Plan

On 13 July 2011, Merton Council adopted Merton's Core Planning Strategy following receipt of the Inspector's report on 07 June 2011, which found it sound.

Merton’s adopted Core Strategy along with the associated Sustainability Appraisal Report are available for inspection at Merton Civic Centre and the borough libraries. The days and times that the libraries are open can be found in the Find a Library section.

Merton's Core Planning Strategy 2011-2026 - adopted

Earlier stages

What you have told us at previous consultations, together with research and government guidance have helped us prepare this draft Core Strategy

Key issues Between November 2005 and January 2006, Merton's communities had their say on what they thought were the key issues for planning Merton

Options were then prepared from the key issues. Merton's communities commented on these options between February and May 2006, suggesting choices for change in Merton and advising of other options that could be considered

Spatial Options Between November 2006 and January 2007 we asked Merton's communities to pick one of three different spatial options which had been prepared from the previous consultation results, research and government guidance.

Preferred Options Following from the preferred spatial development strategy, in June-July 2007 you told us your preferred options for development in Merton

You would like development to focus on:

  • Preserving and protecting valued features such as parts of the built environment and open spaces;
  • Regenerating key areas and tackling imbalances between different parts of Merton;
  • Tackling the effects of climate change: flooding, local energy supplies and effective waste management;

Improving people's environment and health, including providing a variety of new homes across the borough for families, first-time buyers and those on lower incomes

Draft Core Strategy

In September-October 2009 you told us what you thought of the draft Core Strategy, which was prepared from your responses to Preferred Options, research and guidance.

Pre-submission publication of Merton's Core Planning Strategy

At the Council meeting on 14 July 2010, councillors resolved to submit Merton's Core Strategy  to the Secretary of State (Regulation 30). It was published for  final representations on soundness between 09 August and 30 September 2010

Your choices at each stage, together with research and government guidance, have helped prepare the Core Strategy.

On 18 November 2010, Merton's Core Planning Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State. The public hearing element of the examination took place between 09 and 17 February 2011.

Submission of Merton's Core Planning Strategy

Examination of Merton's Core Planning Strategy

Research to inform Merton's Core Strategy

Merton's Sites and Policies Plan and Policies Map (2014) -  part of Merton's Local Plan

Contact us

Future Merton
Strategic Policy and Research
London Borough of Merton
12th floor, Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837
Fax: 020 8545 4160

This page was last updated on Friday 9 January 2015

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