Elmbridge is undeniably an attractive place to live, our easy access to London and the South East, our attractive towns and villages, our woodlands and green spaces and our welcoming residents, all ensure that people will continue to want to live, bring up their children and to retire in Elmbridge.
The government has declared a ‘national housing crisis’ and set Elmbridge ambitious housebuilding targets for the next 15 years. We need a new Local Plan in order to control the development in our borough and to ensure that the creation of new homes is matched to the infrastructure (e.g. schools and medical facilities) needed to support the additional people that new homes bring. A local plan does that.
In 2016/17 we brought you three options for the Elmbridge Local Plan. With over 3,650 representations received by residents during the 2016/17 consultation, the people of Elmbridge spoke and were heard loud and clear – you did not want the character of our borough impacted by over development, you did not want any areas of Green Belt released for development and you were concerned about the effect on infrastructure.
We have listened, and we have been working hard to progress our new Local Plan. This long-term plan aims to marry our national obligations to build more homes in Elmbridge with our desire to protect the character of the borough.
The next stage is a public consultation due to start on 19 August through to 30 September and we encourage all residents to get involved. You can sign up to alerts on the Local Plan through our website and at consult.elmbridge.gov.uk
Councillor Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning, would like as many residents as possible to get involved in the Local Plan consultation:
“It is vital for the future of our borough that our residents contribute to the development of the Elmbridge Local Plan. We are determined to do what is best for Elmbridge and we want to hear from you.
“When the consultation opens on 19 August there will be information available in libraries, at the Civic Centre in Esher, online on the Council’s website and we will also host public meetings, all to provide our residents with as much information as possible on the Local Plan options.
“We want to shape Elmbridge for the benefit of all; will you help us?”