New Local Plan consultation

A third consultation on the new Local Plan opens

The new Local Plan will replace the council’s Core Strategy (adopted in 2011) which contains strategic planning policies and the Development Management Plan (adopted in 2015). The Development Management plan contains detailed day-to-day planning policies. The first two Local Plan consultations held in 2016 and 2019 were focused on the strategic issues, such as the location of new homes and what should be included in the vision for the Local Plan. The purpose of this third Local Plan consultation is twofold.

  1. The first part of the document shares the council’s proposed objectives and themes for the Local Plan, it looks ahead to what the borough might be like in 15 years’ time. 

  2. The second part of the document is asking for your views on the approach to the detailed policies.

Our Local Plan will have a central role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and supporting the transition to a low carbon future. As well as delivering improvements to flood risk, air quality, recycling and waste management. We would like your views on the proposed policy directions. The consultation also has questions on the Elmbridge economy and the health and wellbeing of our communities through environments that promote and support your physical and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services, would like to encourage residents to take part in this latest Local Plan consultation:

“Previously you told us what made your area special and what you would like to see happen over the next 15 years, including responding to climate change, another key challenge for the council.  During the last consultation we promised to use your responses to shape our thoughts of what our vision for the borough should be and what should be the key priorities for the new Local Plan.  These have been incorporated in this consultation document.  I would encourage all those with a stake in the future of Elmbridge to read the documentation and to give us their views on the themes and topics in the document.”

The consultation opened on Monday January 27 and will close at midnight on Monday 9 March. You can view the document  and complete the consultation by 11:59pm.

You will need to register, and your comments along with you name will be published. Printed copies of this document are available to view at the Civic Centre in Esher and at libraries across the borough. For those without internet access, hard copies of the comments form are available at the Civic Centre and in the borough libraries or upon request by calling 01372 474 474.

Next steps

This consultation forms part of the early engagement with residents and stakeholders and is the third of five in the plan-making process and will run for 6 weeks.

We will collate all of the responses, and these will be published on our website in spring.

After that we will consider the feedback, along with the responses to the Strategic Options 2016 and Options 2019 consultations and prepare a draft plan known as the ‘pre-submission draft’.

You will also be asked for your views on the draft plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

Date published: 27 January 2020

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