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Local Plan Review

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). We will update it frequently so you can keep track of the progress of the Local Plan for the borough.

Local Development Scheme 2021 (PDF, 335KB)

What's happening now

Following the Regulation 19 (2) consultation, which ended on 28 November 2021, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Draft Local Plan 2037 was submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 20 December 2021. The details of this can be found in the Notice of Submission letter.

All representations made through the Regulation 19 (1) and Regulation 19 (2) publications have been submitted to the Inspector.

The Secretary of State will appoint a Planning Inspector to examine the Plan against the test of soundness set out in the NPPF:

  • positively prepared (i.e. the Plan seeks to meet needs);
  • justified (i.e. the Plan is supported by evidence);
  • effective (i.e. the Plan is ‘deliverable’) and;
  • consistent with National and Regional Policy (i.e. broadly aligns with both the NPPF and the London Plan)

The Plan will either be considered sound and ready for adoption assuming Inspector recommendations are implemented, or unsound.

For more information regarding the Examination process, please see the Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations.

Examination Library

View all the documents submitted to the Secretary of State and get up to date information on the Examination process below: 

Examination library

Submission documents

Latest news

The Planning Inspector

In accordance with section 20 (4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, Luke Fleming BSc (Hons) MRTPI and Guy Davies BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI have been appointed to hold an independent examination of the Barking and Dagenham Local Plan Review.

The Programme Officer

The Council has appointed Ela King as the Programme Officer for the Local Plan.  Ela will work under the direction of the appointed Inspector.  Throughout the examination process, the Programme Officer will deal with all procedural and programming matters relating to the Inspector and Examination.

For all matters concerning the examination, please contact Ela King at programmeofficer@befirst.london

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Local Plan Examinations

The Planning Inspectorate have published advice on Covid-19 and local plan examinations.

Decisions about how to move examinations forward under the Covid-19 restrictions are at the discretion of the Planning Inspectors appointed to hold the independent examination.

Information about the Joint Local Plan Examination will be posted on our website.  Any questions should be addressed to the above Programme Officer for the Examination.

Statement of Community Involvement

We have updated the Statement of Community Involvement Refresh - August 2020 (PDF, 271KB) 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 2020.

Be notified on the next stages

If you’d like to be added to the Local Plan mailing list and receive future notifications regarding key stages of the Local Plan process:

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

planningpolicy@befirst.london

Previous consultation

Regulation 19 (1) Consultation on the Draft Local Plan Toggle accordion

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.

Barking and Dagenham Draft Local Plan Regulation 19 Consultation version

Accommodation needs of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Toggle accordion

Regulation 18 (2) Consultation on the Draft Local Plan Toggle accordion

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.

Barking and Dagenham Draft Local Plan Regulation 18 Consultation version (PDF, 2.1 MB)

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)

Statement of Community Involvement (Refresh) Toggle accordion

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:

Statement of Community Involvement Responses Summary Report (PDF, 169 KB)

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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)

Issues and options summary paper and consultation responses 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)

A summary of all the responses received during the Issues and Options consultation (2015):

Issues and Options Responses Summary Report (PDF, 3.8 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)