Local Plan review
One borough, one community, one plan
The Local Plan
We are preparing a new Local Plan which sets the vision and framework for how Barking and Dagenham will be transformed to 2037. The Local Plan sets out targets for the number of homes and jobs to be delivered and will reflect Barking and Dagenham's potential for growth in London. It will set out the requirements for new infrastructure and facilities such as transport links, schools and health centres to meet the needs of new and existing residents as well as protect the features in the borough which people cherish, such as parks and historic buildings.
The Local Plan timetable is provided in the updated version of the Local Development Scheme (LDS). The 2020 version replaces the LDS published in 2019. We will update it frequently so you can keep track of the progress of the Local Plan for the borough.
Local Development Scheme 2020 (PDF, 304KB)
What's happening now
We consulted on the new version of the draft Local Plan and associated documents from 5 October to 29 November 2020. You can access the Regulation 19 draft Local Plan and associated documents via the links below.
Regulation 19 draft Local Plan
Read and download the full Local Plan and by chapters:
Regulation 19 draft Local Plan (PDF, 43MB)
Barking and Dagenham Council is required to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for an independent Examination. An independent planning inspector will be appointed by the Secretary of State to run the examination process to assess whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with:
- legal and procedural requirements
- Duty to Co-operate
- whether it is ‘sound’ in accordance with the following criteria used as part of this Independent Examination:
- positively prepared - providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
- justified - an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
- effective - deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
- consistent with national policy - enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.
The Regulation 19 Consultation on the draft Local Plan 2037 is now closed. Thank you to those who made representations.
Statement of Community Involvement
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are complying with recent changes to the government regulations allow the Local Plan to be consulted on virtually to take into account the required social distancing measures when consulting on planning matters including enabling publication of documents without corresponding legal requirements to have hard copies on display until the end of 2020. Therefore, hard copies of this Local Plan will not be made available during the consultation.
We have updated the Statement of Community Involvement Refresh (2020):
which sets out how the council will engage with local and statutory stakeholders on planning matters in the borough. This follows consultation on the document in Autumn 2019 (as approved by Cabinet on 18 June 2019) and incorporates updates, where appropriate, in response to the matters raised set out in the SCI Summary of Consultation Responses Report, September 2019:
The updates include modification in response to the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic including more of a focus on digital methods of engagement and more limited display of ‘hard copy’ planning documents. These also respond to the temporary changes to the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 which change the way local planning authorities are required to consult with local communities until 31 December 2020. A further review of this the Statement of Community Involvement is proposed to take place following the submission of the Local Plan by which stage impact of the Governments recently published planning reforms may also be clearer.
Be notified on the next stages
If you wish to be notified of any of the following:
- when we submit the policies for independent examination
- when the Planning Inspector publishes his/her comments, and/or
- when the Plan has been adopted
Either fill out the online response form above or email the Planning Policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This consultation is closed. We are no longer asking for comments, but the draft Local Plan, appendices, and emerging evidence are available for you to view below.
Key Diagram for Draft Local Plan (PDF, 4.1 MB)
Draft Local Plan Reg18 Appendix 3 (1.0) (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 1 (PDF, 5.1 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 2 (PDF, 5 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 3 (PDF, 5.2 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 4 (PDF, 5 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 5 (PDF, 3 MB)
Appendix 3: Site Pro Forma - part 6 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
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The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) outlines how the council will involve the community in the planning of the local area. We adopted our last SCI in July 2015 and we are preparing a revised version as part of the Local Plan review.
Many thanks to everyone who submitted comments on the Statement of Community Involvement Refresh. The consultation period ran from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 6 September 2019.
A summary of all the responses received during the Statement of Community Involvement (Refresh) consultation:
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Thank you to everyone who responded to our Call for Sites consultation which we carried out between 12 April and 17 May 2019.
We are currently reviewing all the sites submitted as part of the Local Plan Review.
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)
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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)
A summary of all the responses received during the Issues and Options consultation (2015):
Issues and Options Responses Summary Report (PDF, 3.8 MB)
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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)
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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
Evidence Base Library
Barking and Dagenham Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan 2019-2034 evidence base documents
We are currently preparing our evidence base to support the development of the Local Plan.
This section will be updated frequently as the plan evolves.
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Faith groups and meeting places - evidence base study (PDF, 4.20 MB)
Town centre retail and leisure needs assessment update (PDF, 4.3 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)
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We are currently preparing our evidence base to support the development of the Local Plan.
This section will be updated as the plan evolves.
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Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2018) (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to identify and maintain a five-year supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years’ worth of housing against their housing requirements and an appropriate buffer (moved forward from later in the plan period) to improve the prospect of achieving the planned supply.
- London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is committed to delivering a flexible supply of land for housing through identifying a list of deliverable sites to deliver housing over the next 5 years, and a further list of proposed sites which could deliver housing in the next 6 to 10 years and 11 to 15 years.
- The methodology of how the Council have identified sites are set out in the GLA Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Summer 2017) and Barking and Dagenham’s Strategic Land Availability Assessment Draft Methodology for consultation (November 2019). The document below provides the Council’s housing supply position:
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Barking and Dagenham Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2019 (PDF, 4.6 MB)
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Biodiversity survey 2017 (PDF, 22MB)
Green Belt Review (2016)
Green Belt Review - part 1 (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Green Belt Review - part 2 (PDF, 5.1 MB)
Green Belt Review - part 3 (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Strategy (2019)
Green Grid map (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy (2017)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - part 1 A (PDF 1.5 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - part 1 B (PDF 1.4 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - part 2 A (PDF 2.7 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - part 2 B (PDF 2.2 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - Appendices - part 1 (PDF 5.2 MB)
Parks and Open Spaces Strategy - Appendices - part 2 (PDF 3.3 MB)
People's Park Alive - Parsloes Park Masterplan (2016)
People's Park Alive - Parsloes Park Masterplan - part 2 (PDF, 4.5 MB)
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Barking and Dagenham Townscape and Socioeconomic Characterisation Study (2017) (PDF)
The full report is available to view upon request, please email email@example.com.
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Duty to Cooperate Activity Log - November 2019 (PDF, 129 KB)
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