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Thursday June 29th 2017

Consultation on the Local Plan sites now closed and next steps.

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The Local Plan Sites Consultation which gave residents an opportunity to comment on sites being assessed as part of the creation of a new Local Plan has now closed. There was a drop in session in Bletchingley which was well attended by parishioners who provided verbal feedback and Bletchingley Parish Council also provided written feedback to Tandridge.

All the comments received across the District are now being processed. The comments will be analysed and taken into account as the Council prepares the next version of the Local Plan. The analysed representations will be set out in a statement of consultation, which will be taken to a future Planning Policy Committee and available for the public to view.

The next step is the preparation of a draft Local Plan containing all the policies and proposals to shape the development of the District for next 20 years. This draft Local Plan will be the subject of public consultation before it is submitted to an independent examiner.

To be kept up to date and make sure you can get involved residents can:

  • Send their e-mail address to localplan@tandridge.gov.uk if they don’t want to register on the portal, so it can be added to the updates list.
  • Send their postal address to Planning Policy, Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0BT or call 01883 722000 if they don’t have an e-mail address.

Councillor Peter Bond, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in the Local Plan Sites Consultation which ran for eight weeks. All your comments are now being reviewed and will be taken into account for the preparation of the next stage of the Local Plan. The final Local Plan will set out where homes, jobs, community facilities, shops and infrastructures can be delivered and identify the areas that need to be protected. We want to ensure we create an environment where people want to live, work or visit.”

The timetable for the Local Plan next steps is given below:

  • Consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Strategy (Regulation 19): Autumn/Winter 2017.
  • Submission of Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate (Regulation 22): Spring 2018.
  • Public Examination by the Planning Inspectorate (Regulation 24): Summer/Autumn 2018.
  • Adoption of a Local Plan (Regulation 26): Spring 2019.

What does a Local Plan do: The Local Plan for Tandridge will set out the vision for the district until 2033 and provide a framework for the future improvement, development and protection of our local area and the Green Belt.

Producing a Local Plan is a complex and lengthy procedure. The legally prescribed process, which must comply with the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), ensures the different ways of meeting future employment, housing, retail and leisure needs are considered.

The Local Plan will be shaped by:

  • The issues facing the district.
  • Community and other feedback gathered through formal consultations.
  • The requirements of national planning policy in the NPPF.
  • Evidence from a range of assessments.

Importantly, the Local Plan needs to support Tandridge as an environment where people want to live, work and visit.