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Local Plan review

One borough, one community, one plan

The Local Plan

We are preparing a new Local Plan which will set out the future of planning in the borough between 2019 and 2034. The Local Plan will include targets for the number of homes and jobs to be delivered and will reflect the fact that Barking and Dagenham has the most untapped potential for growth in London. It will also set out the requirements for new transport links and facilities such as schools and health centres to meet the needs of new and existing residents as well as those features in the borough which people cherish and need to be protected, such as parks and historic buildings.

The Local Plan timetable will be provided in an updated version of the Local Development Scheme (LDS), which will be published in the near future.

What's happening now

Call for Sites

As part of the Local Plan review, we have asked Be First to launch a Call for Sites so that we have the most up to date information on sites within the area. This will supplement the information we gained from an earlier exercise in 2015.

The call for sites gives landowners, developers or agents, the opportunity to put forward sites which they would like us to consider as suitable for housing, employment, retail, community facilities, sport and recreation, and other forms of development.

If you think a site in Barking and Dagenham should be put forward for consideration over the plan period of 2019-2034, you can use the online consultation platform.

Local Plan review - Consultation 

Alternatively, please complete a response form:

Call for Site - Guidance and response form (PDF, 369 KB)

Call for Site - Guidance and response form (DOCX, 218 KB)

Please submit one form for each site to

All submissions must be accompanied by an Ordnance Survey map clearly showing the boundaries of the site outlined in red and at a scale of no less than 1:2500.

You must return the completed form by Friday 17 May 2019. After this date, we will assess all the sites received in order to decide which to take forward.

Previous consultation

Issues and options report (July 2015) Toggle accordion

Detailed information on what we think are the main issues and options for the future of Barking and Dagenham.

Issues and options report (PDF, 1.76 MB)

Issues and options summary paper and consultation Toggle accordion

A summary of issues and options report (July 2015).

This sets out clearly the main issues and options being proposed for Barking and Dagenham.

It also includes questions on each of the issues covered in the document.

Issues and options summary (PDF, 1.47 MB)

Shaping Barking and Dagenham’s future survey Toggle accordion

A short survey designed to get your views on key matters important to the development of the plan.

Issues and options survey (PDF, 83 KB)

Sustainability appraisal Toggle accordion

Barking and Dagenham’s sustainability appraisal scoping report for the emerging Local Plan was consulted on between 20 March and 4 May 2015.

The scoping report forms an early stage of the sustainability appraisal. The sustainability appraisal is used to systematically assess the extent to which the emerging Local Plan will help achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives when judged against reasonable alternatives.

The sustainability appraisal process consists of five stages:

  • Stage A: Setting the context and objectives, establishing the baseline and deciding on the scope.
  • Stage B: Developing and refining alternatives and assessing effects.
  • Stage C: Prepare the sustainability appraisal report.
  • Stage D: Seek representations on the sustainability appraisal report from consultation bodies and the public.
  • Stage E: Post adoption reporting and monitoring

The scoping report covers Stage A.

Our draft scoping report

Barking and Dagenham Local Plan sustainability appraisal scoping report (PDF, 1.63 MB)

Consultation draft sustainability appraisal scoping report consultation statement (PDF, 163 KB)

Evidence base Toggle accordion

We are currently preparing evidence base to support the development of the Local Plan.

This section of the website will be updated as the plan evolves.

Evidence we have produced so far

Faith groups and meeting places - evidence base study (PDF, 4.20 MB)

Economic development study 2014

Economic development study - 1 (PDF, 1.80 MB)

Economic development study - 2 (PDF, 1.78 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 1 (PDF, 330 KB)

Economic development study - appendices 2 (PDF, 1.61 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 3 (PDF, 1.87 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 4 (PDF, 1.62 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 5 (PDF, 1.94 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 6 (PDF, 1.94 MB)

Economic development study - appendices 7 (PDF, 641 KB)


Biodiversity survey 2016 (PDF, 22MB)

Sites of interest for nature conservation (SINCs) citations 2016 (PDF, 222KB)

Strategic flood risk assessment 2017

Strategic flood risk assessment level 1

Strategic flood risk assessment level 2

The appendices for both reports are available on request, email

Statement of Community Involvement Toggle accordion

This statement of community involvement (SCI) explains how the council will involve the community in preparing the Local Plan and in dealing with planning applications.

This was adopted by cabinet on the 21 July 2015.

Statement of community involvement (SCI) (PDF, 366 KB)

Local development scheme Toggle accordion

The local development scheme (LDS) sets out a project plan and timetable for the production of the emerging Local Plan.

This was adopted by cabinet on the 21 July 2015.

Local development scheme 2015 to 2017 (LDS) (PDF, 185KB)

Keep up to date

If you’d like to be added to the Local Plan mailing list and receive future notifications:

Send your contact details, including your email address, to: