Local plan

Find our what the vision looks like for Barking and Dagenham being transformed by 2037.

Our 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 2022 (PDF, 384KB)

Latest news

For the latest news on the Examination please see the following link: 

Latest news

Stay up to date

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

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 email programmeofficer@befirst.london

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 document

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.

What's happening now?

1 January 2023

The Council have now commissioned a specialist consultant to undertake a review of the 2016 Green Belt study. This is now reflected in the latest iteration of the Action List and Forward Plan.

Action List and Forward Plan

1 December 2022

The Council has updated the Action List and Forward Plan.

Action List and Forward Plan

11th November 2022

The Council received a letter from the Planning Inspectorate, detailing the next steps of the Local Plan examination.  You can read the letter below.

Next steps letter

9th September 2022

The Council has written to the Planning Inspectors to provide assurance on the Duty to Co-operate. The following documents have been uploaded to the Examination Library:

9th August 2022

The Council has written to the Planning Inspectors to set out that additional work on the Duty to Co-operate is underway and that the intention is to provide this evidence by the start of September. 

27th July 2022

Due to the inclement weather during the Hearing Sessions, particularly on the 19th July 2022, re-runs of the Matter 1 and Matter 2 sessions were held on 27th July 2022 via Microsoft Teams. This was an opportunity for those who made representations at Regulation 19 (2) to have their say on these topics. Recordings of these meetings can be viewed by clicking on the following links: 

Matter 1: Legal and Procedural Requirements 

Matter 2: Overall Approach to the Green Belt 

15th July 2022

The Hearing Sessions are to commence on the 19th of July at Barking Town Hall. The following links will take you to the live streaming of the Hearing Sessions, which will be available to view retrospectively. 

Date (2022)

Morning Session (9:30 to 13:00, except Matter 1 which begins at 10:00)

Afternoon Session (14:00 to 17:00)

Tuesday 19 July 

Matter 1: Legal and Procedural Requirements

Matter 1: Legal and Procedural Requirements

Wednesday 20 July 

Matter 2: Overall Approach to the Green Belt

Matter 3: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation

Thursday 21 July 

Matter 4: Flood Risk and Strategic Approach to Minimising Flood Risk

Matter 5: Strategic Transport Considerations

Mop up session

Friday 22 July

Reserve Session

Reserve Session

For more information about the Examination please see the Examination Guidance Notes.

1st July 2022

Responses to the Inspector's Stage 1 Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) have now been submitted by the Council as follows:

In support of these MIQ responses the Council has also submitted the following documents: 

1 June 2022

The Council submitted the following document to the Examination Library

17th May 2022

The Inspectors have now produced initial Matters, Issues and Questions, which form the basis of the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions which will take place during the week of the 18th July 2022 (Barking Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Barking, IG11 7LU). Responses to these MIQs will be submitted by the 1st of July 2022.

25 April 2022

The Council has now provided the Part 2 response to the Inspector's Preliminary Matter Letter. The following documents have also been submitted in support of this response: 

25 March 2022

The Council has now provided the Part 1 response to the Inspector's Preliminary Matters Letter. The following documents have also been submitted in support of this response: 

22 February 2022

The Council have received the Inspectors Preliminary Matters Letter. The questions are separated into two parts with a Part One response required on 25 March and a Part Two response required on 25 April 2022. 

27 January 2022

The Council sought to upload additional evidence base documents that were not submitted as part of the Submission Documents. These can be found on the Document Library and are referenced EX7 to EX20. 

17 January 2022

The Council submitted the following documents to the Examination Library:

10 January 2022

The Council have now received the Local Plan Inspector Appointment Letter. 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. 

20 December 2021

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.

You can also see further guidance on taking part in examinations.

Documentation 

Regulation 19 (2) Consultation on the Draft Local Plan

Accommodation needs of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show people

Accommodation needs of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show people

Regulation 18 (2) Consultation on the Draft Local Plan

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.

Statement of Community Involvement (Refresh)

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)

Call for sites

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, summary paper and consultation process (July 2015)

Shaping Barking and Dagenham’s future survey

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

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)