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Services at a glance

Pre Application Services

Planning Applications

Certificates of Lawfulness

Permitted Development

Planning Appeals


Heritage & Conservation

Prior Approvals

Changes of Use

Supporting Statements

Drawings & CGI

Consultation Services

  • The London Borough of Sutton has:

    • Green Belt

    • Conservation Areas

    • Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)

    These designations aim to preserve Sutton's green spaces and heritage sites.

  • Carshalton, Cheam, Sutton Town Centre, and Wallington

  • The London Borough of Sutton is covered by the postcode districts SM1, SM2, SM3, SM4, SM5, SM6, SM7.


Sutton, located in South London, is a borough known for its suburban charm and strategic urban planning. The borough includes areas such as Sutton Town Centre, Carshalton, and Cheam, each with its unique character and amenities. Sutton Town Centre features a mix of historic buildings and modern shopping facilities, providing a vibrant retail environment. Carshalton is known for its picturesque ponds and charming village atmosphere. Cheam, with its historic Nonsuch Park and beautiful architecture, adds to the borough’s appeal. The borough’s planning strategy emphasizes the preservation of green spaces and historical landmarks, ensuring a balance between development and conservation. Sutton’s extensive green belt areas and parks, such as Oaks Park and Beddington Park, provide residents with ample recreational opportunities. The borough’s excellent transport links, including direct rail services to London and numerous bus routes, enhance its connectivity. Sutton’s commitment to preserving its historical and natural assets while supporting sustainable development makes it a highly attractive place to live and visit.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Local Plan, February 2018.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Hackbridge, Belmont.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Local Plan under review, expected adoption by 2024.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Housing, Design, and Green Infrastructure.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 123% - Acceptable

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 950

  • Applications Decided: 900

  • Appeals Allowed: 10

  • Appeals Dismissed: 17

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 79%

  • Analysis: Sutton processed 950 applications and decided 900 of them. There were 10 appeals allowed and 17 appeals dismissed. The percentage of applications determined within the statutory period was 79%, indicating adequate administrative efficiency and robust decision-making processes.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Phone: 020 8770 5070


Website: Sutton Borough Council

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