Merton Council

South London Waste Plan 2022


The South London Waste Plan guides planning applications for developments that manage waste in the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton..

The South London Waste Plan 2012 is being revised. In summer 2020 councillors across all four boroughs considered the results of the public consultation held in 2019 and agreed to submit the Draft South London Waste Plan to the Secretary of State for an independent examination.

The ‘submission version’ of the Draft South London Waste Plan and its Sustainability Appraisal was published for comments from 4 September 2020 until 22 October 2020 and was submitted to the Secretary of State, for independent examination by a Planning Inspector, on 19 January 2021.

As part of the independent examination, the appointed inspectors held public hearing sessions in September 2021.

Following the hearing sessions, the Planning Inspectors identified a number of Main Modifications to the draft plan. These are changes that they consider are required to make the plan sound, in the light of issues identified during the examination. This is without prejudice to the Planning Inspectors’ ultimate conclusions and recommendations on the plan.

The councils will now have a public consultation from 14 July to 2 September 2022 that only concerns the Main Modifications to the plan.

Sutton Council are the administrative project lead for the Draft South London Waste Plan on behalf of the above named boroughs and all the relevant documents can be viewed at the Sutton Council website.

To make a representation on one of the Main Modifications:

  • send an email to or
  • send a letter to: Planning Policy, London Borough of Sutton, Sutton Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, SM1 1EA

When the consultation closes at 5pm on 2 September 2022, the councils will send all the representations received to the Planning Inspectors, who will then review them and make the final decision on the soundness of the Draft South London Waste Plan.

Consultation start date 14 July 2022
Consultation end date 02 September 2022
Take part in South London Waste Plan 2022 (External link)

For more information about this engagement, please contact:

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Future Merton