We are working on a new Local Plan to shape how Elmbridge is developed in the future. The Local Development Scheme 2023 to 2026 sets out the timetable for the preparation, examination and adoption of the Local Plan and other Development Plan documents, including Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). Document Elmbridge Local Development Scheme 2023-2026 (PDF, 455.63KB) Current work Following its approval in July 2023, the Elmbridge Draft Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities on 10 August 2023. Please see the Local Plan Examination for more information. The Draft Submission Local Plan was presented to Cabinet on 5 July 2023 and approved by Full Council on 19 July. For more information see a pathway to a sustainable and thriving Elmbridge. Progress so far For information on what has happened so far, see New Local Plan updates. 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 (see Strategic Options consultation 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 5 different approaches as to where new homes could be located in the future. We received approximately 6,500 responses. A summary of these consultation responses outlining the issues raised and all the comments received is available to view (see the Options consultation 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 (see the vision, objectives and direction for development management policies consultation along with all the supporting documents). The Regulation 19 representation stage of the process opened on 17 June and closed on the 29 July 2022. This is the last stage of public engagement before submitting the draft plan to the Inspectorate for examination. Work is currently underway on the reading and collating of representations. For more information see information on the Regulation 19. 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.