Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) give more detail to the policies in the Local Plan and are intended to provide detailed guidance on how the planning policy will be implemented.
We have adopted the following Supplementary Planning Documents.
Design and Character SPD
This SPD aims to ensure that the design of new development in the Borough is more locally responsive, sustainable and built to a high quality. It consists of a main document providing design guidance relating to all new development in the Borough. As well as this, there are 10 companion guides including the 8 settlement character assessments, an overview of the Borough's character and specific guidelines relating to home extensions. The SPD supports the delivery of the Elmbridge Core Strategy specifically Policy CS17: Local character, Density and Design.
Design and Character SPD: Main document (71MB)
Companion Guide: The character of Elmbridge (an overview)
Companion Guide: Home extensions
Companion Guide: Walton-on-Thames
Companion Guide: Weybridge
Companion Guide: Hersham
Companion Guide: East and West Molesey
Companion Guide: Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood and Weston Green
Companion Guide: Esher
Companion Guide: Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, Oxshott and Downside
Companion Guide: Claygate
Design and Character SPD Map
The SPD map shows the design and character areas identified within Elmbridge.
View the Design and Character SPD map online
Developer Contributions SPD
This SPD and the Community Infrastructure Charging Schedule set out the contributions required from new development towards infrastructure, affordable housing and Thames Basin Heaths mitigation through the use of both planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). They support Core Strategy policies CS21: Affordable Housing, CS13: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA), CS16: Social and Community Infrastructure and CS28: Implementation and Delivery.
Developer contributions SPD
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule
Please also see the Developer Contributions webpage for guidance on whether or not your development is liable to pay CIL and to view the charge sheet calculation tool and unilateral undertaking template.
Important - please note
Elmbridge has some of the highest land values and property prices in the country. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for residents to find reasonably priced homes either to buy or to rent. However, it also means that nearly all development for new homes in the borough can make full affordable housing and CIL contributions.
We, as a council, are committed to doing everything in our power to address the housing crisis and to maintain the transparency and accountability of our decisions. As such we will be publishing all financial viability appraisals submitted as part of planning applications received on or after Monday 19 March 2018 alongside other planning documents on our website.
Flood Risk SPDs
Read more information on our Flood Risk SPDs page.
You may wish to view the evidence and supporting information regarding these documents and also consult the Core Strategy for the policy that relates to this guidance.
Evidence and supporting documents