Our local plan

Our Local Plan guides planning and development in the Borough and comprises two main documents. 

  • The Core Strategy 2011 is the principal planning document that sets out the vision, spatial strategy and core policies that are used for shaping future development in the Borough up to 2026,

  • The Development Management Plan 2015 contains more detailed “every day” policies that all planning applications are assessed against.

Please note that Policy DM10 on Housing (section c) refers to local minimum space standards. These have been superseded by Nationally described space standards.

Please also note that as the Government has withdrawn the Code for Sustainable Homes and removed consideration for energy requirements from national policy and guidance, no weight can be given to matters set out in the first paragraph of Core Strategy Policy CS27 'Sustainable Buildings'. There is also no longer a need to complete a Climate Neutral Checklist.

Policies map

The policies map shows allocations and designations arising from policies in the Local Plan.

Evidence and supporting statements

The Local Plan is supported by a range of evidence documents and supporting statements. These were required as part of the preparation and examination of the plan but they can also help you in preparing any supporting statements required as part of your planning application.

View evidence and supporting documents.

Elmbridge Borough Council Housing Delivery Action Plan 2019

We also monitor these policies on an annual basis to ensure they are effective.

Reviewing the Local Plan

As a result of national policy reforms and changes to our social, economic and environmental characteristics, we must monitor and review our planning policies.

The timetable for the review, consultation and publication of a new plan is published in a document called the “Local Development Scheme”. It explains when we will consult on the plan, when it will be examined and when we hope to adopt the plan.

On 30 October 2018, a new Local Development Scheme was approved and sets out the work programme up to 2021.

 Download the Local Development Scheme 2018-2021.

Shaping Elmbridge: a new Local Plan

We consulted on the Strategic Options, the first stage in the process for developing a new Local Plan, from Friday 16 December 2016 until Friday 24 February 2017. We received a large number of comments, around 50,000 from 3,760 respondents. A summary of consultation responses document outlining the issues raised and all the comments received is now available to view on the Strategic options consultation webpage.

Update - 29 October 2018

We are working hard to progress our new Local plan. This long-term plan for the Borough must respond to the shortage of new and affordable homes in the Borough as well as ensure that future development happens with the necessary infrastructure (roads, health facilities and school for example).

Taking into account feedback from the Strategic Options consultation, we have listened to residents and have been carrying out further studies and assessments in response to the concerns raised. Much of this work is now concluding and will inform the next key stage in Local plan preparation.

The timetable for the Local plan has been updated and we expect to bring the proposals back to our residents towards the end of Summer 2019.

Read the Local Development Scheme 2018-2021

Update - 23 July 2018

On the 24 May 2018 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, endorsed Elmbridge Borough Council’s decision to refuse outline planning permission for the development of land East of Weylands House Molesey Road and South of Field Common Lane, Walton-on-Thames (also known as Drake Park).  This application sought outline planning permission for over 1,000 homes and supporting services on land designated as Green Belt.  The appeal was the subject of a public inquiry held in November 2017.  A Local Plan Position Statement has been produced to highlight the key matters raised within both Planning Inspector’s and the Secretary of State’s reports.  The statement agreed by the Planning Portfolio Holder, seeks to assure stakeholders and interested parties that the Council is committed to responding positively to the challenge of housing and affordability in Elmbridge and is working hard to progress a new Local Plan.

Update - 14 May 2018

The Government's consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework has now closed. Please see the Council's response to the consultation.

Update - 18 December 2017

The changes proposed by Government set out within the Housing White Paper require us to undertake further work to build on our existing evidence.

We are currently working on the following key projects to inform the emerging Local Plan:

  • Urban Capacity Study

  • Benchmarking the Strategic Housing Market Assessment to consider the standardised methodology published by the Government

  • Density Assessment

  • Green Belt Boundary Review - Supplementary Work

  • Duty to Cooperate

  • Viability Study

  • Commercial Property Market Study

  • Infrastructure Delivery Plan

  • Transport Assessment


Update - 23 November 2017 

The Government's consultation on a new methodology regarding assessing housing need in England has now closed.

Please see the Council's response to the consultation. Please also see the accompanying glossary which explains some of the technical terms and acronyms featured in the response.

Please also see the letter response to the standardised methodology from the Surrey Leaders Group.

Please continue to check this page for updates on the Government's consultation.

Previous Updates

 A Position Statement was agreed for publication by Cabinet on the 5 July 2017. This document explains the current planning policy context and evaluates the impact of the delay on the preparation of a new Local Plan.  This position statement supersedes the May 2017 - Statement of progress on the new local plan.

In February 2017, the Government published a new white paper on housing called 'Fixing our broken housing market'. The White Paper sets out a number of proposals that the Government believes will support local planning authorities and developers to deliver more land for housing and ensure that development on this land comes forward more quickly and efficiently.

Government's Housing White Paper 'Fixing our broken housing market'

Read the Council's report and proposed response to the Government's Housing White Paper.

Following concerns raised during the consultation and to provide greater clarity on the Government’s position as set out in the Housing White Paper, the Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, Councillor Stuart Selleck wrote to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The document below includes the letter sent and the letter received from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Letter confirming Government’s position on Local Plan preparation

Getting involved

Community participation is a vital aspect in the planning policy process and there is an opportunity to get involved early in the process. We have produced a document called the Statement of Community Involvement which sets out how you can get involved.

Statement of Community Involvement 2018

Please see the Statement of Community Involvement 2018 consultation webpage to view the consultation documents and adoption statement.  

If you want to get involved in future consultations then you can register on the Planning Consultation Portal

Other consultations

In December 2018, the Council responded to the Government's technical consultation on updates to national planning policy and guidance. Please see Elmbridge Borough Council's response to the MHCLG technical consultation.

Between 1 November 2017 and 7 February 2018, Surrey County Council consulted on their Draft Waste Local Plan. Elmbridge Borough Council responded to this consultation and will continue to respond to further consultations as the Plan develops. 

Elmbridge Borough Council's response to the Surrey Waste Local Plan (SWLP) Regulation 19 Submission Plan Consultation - March 2019.

Between 1 December 2017 and 2 March 2018, the Mayor of London consulted on the draft New London Plan 2018. Please see Elmbridge Borough Council's response to the draft New London Plan consultation and the Surrey Planning Officers Association response.

The conservation team are consulting on a new Character Appraisal and Management Plan document for Cobham conservation area. Please see the consultation page for further information.

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