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Wednesday July 26th 2017

Dates agreed for Local Plan Garden Villages Consultation


The next stage of the Local Plan is about to get underway with a consultation about the potential locations being considered to create a modern and sustainable garden village development. The consultation will run for eight weeks from Monday 14 August to 5pm on Monday 9 October.

The five locations are:

  • Blindley Heath
  • Chaldon, Land at Alderstead and Tollsworth Farm
  • Edenbridge, Land west of Edenbridge
  • Redhill Aerodrome
  • South Godstone

In addition there will be five public exhibition events:

Venue Date Times
Nutfield Village Hall, Mid Street, South Nutfield, RH1 4JJ Tuesday 22 Aug 3.30pm to 8pm
Douglas Brunton Centre, 25 Chaldon Road, Caterham, CR3 5PG Wednesday 30 Aug 3.30pm to 8pm
South Godstone Sports and Community Association Hall, The Pavilion, Lagham Road, South Godstone, RH9 8HN Tuesday 5 Sept 3.30pm to 8pm
Lingfield Primary School, Vicarage Road, Lingfield, RH7 6HA Friday 8 Sept 3.30pm to 8pm
St John’s Church Hall, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6JR Thursday 14 Sept 3.30pm to 7.30pm

To be kept up to date with the Local Plan preparations and consultation people can:

Councillor Peter Bond, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “We look forward to meeting residents and getting their feedback on the potential opportunities a garden village development could offer. We will be holding five public exhibition events across the district where staff will be able to answer questions. Be reassured no development will get the go ahead anywhere until we have binding guarantees they will deliver the infrastructure requirements –schools, doctor’s surgeries and investment in roads to support the new houses and the district as a whole. It’s important everyone has their say as this consultation will help shape the final version of our Local Plan which we will consult on next year. We want to create a community led development where people are proud to live, work and visit.”




For more information contact Giuseppina Valenza or Charlotte Bradshaw on or 01883 732704/2742.


Party spokesmen: Councillor Martin Fisher (Con) 01883 712263, Councillor Chris Botten (Lib Dem) 07917 862130, Councillor Martin Allen (Ind) 01959 577201.


Notes to editors:


  1. In March 2017, the Planning Policy Committee agreed the preferred strategy to be pursued in preparing the Local Plan. The Council believes this strategy will deliver a number of key objectives:
  • Provide much needed homes for local people.
  • Protect the Green Belt by preventing a scattergun approach to development.
  • Enable the delivery of proper infrastructure to support homes in the district, including schools, a doctor’s surgery, supermarket and investment in roads.
  • Prevent over development of built up areas.
  1. Detailed analysis of the 4,700 comments submitted during the Local Plan: Sites Consultation, which took place between 4 November and 30 December 2016, is ongoing.