We are working on a new Local Plan to shape how Elmbridge is developed in the future. This long-term plan for the borough must respond to the shortage of new and affordable homes as well as ensure that future development happens with the necessary infrastructure (roads, health facilities and schools for example) while protecting the environment.
For more information on the Local Plan, please read our frequently asked questions.
The new Local Plan will replace the existing Local Plan (the Core Strategy 2011 and Development Management Plan 2015).
The Local Development Scheme 2022-2025 sets out the timetable for the preparation, examination and adoption of the Local Plan and other Development Plan documents.
Download the Local Development Scheme 2022-2025.
What is happening now?
On 16 March 2022, the Elmbridge Draft Local Plan is being debated at a meeting of the Elmbridge Cabinet. The recommendations of the Cabinet will be presented to a Council meeting on 22 March 2022. If approved by Council, the next stage on the way to adoption is a ‘Regulation 19 representation’, after which the Plan will then be passed to the national Planning Inspectorate for examination.
More information on Regulation 19.
Elmbridge Cabinet agenda for 16 March 2022.
Watch the 16 March Cabinet meeting via our webcast portal.
What have we done so far?
We consulted on the Strategic Options, the first stage in the process for developing a new Local Plan and received comments from 3,760 respondents. A summary of consultation responses outlining the issues raised and all the comments received is available to view on the Strategic Options consultation webpage along with all the supporting documents from this initial consultation.
Considering 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.
We have also taken account of the changes in the revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July in 2018 and the latest version published in February 2019 along with changes to planning guidance.
In 2019, we consulted on the Options consultation which focused on the issue of housing and set out five different approaches as to where new homes could be located in the future. We received approximately 6500 responses. A summary of these consultation responses outlining the issues raised and all the comments received is available to view on the Options consultation webpage along with all the supporting documents.
In 2020, we consulted on the vision, objectives and direction for development management policies. A summary of these consultation responses outlining the matters raised and all the comments received is available to view on the vision, objectives and direction for development management policies consultation webpage along with all the supporting documents.
Evidence to inform the Local Plan
A list of key evidence base documents that inform the Local Plan is available on Evidence to inform the new Local Plan.
Have your say
We want to ensure that everyone has a say in the preparation of the new Local Plan. If you want to get involved then you can register on the Planning Consultation Portal.