When planning permission is required, the proposed development will need to comply with our policies as well as national policy and guidance. The policies each applicant will need to consider will depend on the location, type and size of development.
The Local Plan
The two key policy documents in our Local Plan are the Elmbridge Core Strategy 2011 and the Elmbridge Development Management Plan 2015. These documents set out our policies.
Download the Core Strategy
Download the Development Management Plan
National planning policy is detailed in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This document sets out the Government’s approach on how local plans should be prepared as well as policies that we must take into account when making decisions on planning applications.
Download the National Planning Policy Framework
The Government has also produced Planning Practice Guidance that provides more detail on the policies set out in the NPPF. This guidance is only available online.
Read the National Planning Practice Guidance
Supplementary Planning Documents
Alongside the Local Plan policies, the Council has adopted a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). The aim of an SPD is to add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan or provide further guidance for development on specific sites. They are given 'substantial weight' as a material consideration in planning decisions.
Our current Supplementary Planning Documents include:
View and find out more about our Supplementary Planning Documents
Communities can influence the future of their neighbourhood by preparing a neighbourhood plan that sets out the vision for their local area and general planning policies to guide developments.
We have received one Neighbourhood Area and Forum application for Burwood Park, Hersham.
Find out more about Neighbourhood Planning in Elmbridge.
Some development does not require planning permission – this is known as a Permitted Development Rights. Guidance on permitted development rights can be found on the planning portal.
Access the Planning Portal
Where it is considered that permitted development rights could have a negative impact in an area they can be removed with an Article 4 Direction. This means that you have to submit a planning application for development that would normally be permitted.
We currently have an Article 4 Direction which brings back the need for planning permission for the conversion of offices to houses or flats in the areas listed below:
Brooklands Industrial Estate
Hersham Trading Estate (including North Weylands Trading Estate)
Molesey Industrial Estate
Riverdene Trading Estate
Read the Direction
Brownfield Land Register
The Government is committed to maximising the number of new homes built on suitable brownfield land and has set out its intention to ensure that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. The Housing and Planning Act (2016) requires local authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land. The register should identify previously developed sites in the Borough that we have assessed as being suitable for housing.
The register comprises a standard set of information, required by the Government in the Brownfield Land Register Regulations (2017), that will be kept up to date to encourage investment in local areas. The registers will also be used to monitor the Government’s commitment to the delivery of brownfield sites.
View the Brownfield Register
Reviewing the Local Plan
Current policies are monitored regularly to ensure they are working correctly. Our performance in meeting local and national targets is set out in an annual report.
Previous reports can be found here.
We need to be responsive to future changes to our environment, society and economy and regularly review the evidence supporting our Local Plan. We also need to take account of planning reforms in national policy to ensure our plans are in conformity with national policy. Where necessary, we may need to change some policies or even the whole plan if they are no longer in line with national policy.
Any changes to a Local Plan will need to be consulted on and examined in public by an independent inspector.
Find out more about how the local plan is reviewed