Draft Local Plan Consultation

The Draft Local Plan Consultation (Regulation 19) ran from 9am on Monday 30 July until 5pm on Monday 10 September. This consultation was an opportunity for residents to have their say about the legal compliance and soundness of the draft Local Plan which will deliver:

  • A new Garden Community of around 4,000 homes in South Godstone.
  • Thousands of new jobs for the district.
  • New health care facilities, plus upgrades to existing health centres.
  • Two new primary schools and a new secondary school, plus improvements to many existing schools.
  • Road and rail improvements.
  • New play areas and improvements to existing play areas.
  • Measures to alleviate flood risk.

Draft Local Plan documents

Next steps

The Council is now considering all the responses we have received and we’d like to thank those who got involved and submitted comments. Our Regulation 19 sought views on Our Local Plan: 2033, particularly those relating to the legal compliance and soundness of the draft plan and we prepared a guidance note to explain these matters in more detail and help you to submit your comments.

We will now work to consider the comments received and make any necessary amendment with the intention of submitting the plan before the end of the year. The Planning Policy Committee will consider the final iteration of the Local Plan, before we formally submit the document and all evidence, to the Planning Inspectorate who is appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State, to examine our plan. The appointed Inspector's role will be to assess the document against the legal compliance and soundness requirements set by national planning policy. Once found sound, Our Local Plan: 2033 will be considered by the Full Council before it can be formally adopted.

Guidance for submission of comments.

Get the facts leaflet

We have also produced a short Get the facts leaflet which answers some frequently asked questions.

Fact sheets

We have published a factsheet for every ward in the district, which includes maps, sites for new homes, employment and infrastructure improvements.

Press releases and open letters