Local Plan 2033

14 February 2024: The Inspector has sent the Council his Final Report – this concludes the Examination. 

The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the examination. If you were involved in the examination because you made comments in writing and/or you took part in a hearing session, please complete this short survey. Any comments you make will be confidential.

On 21 September 2023, the Planning Policy Committee considered the letter (ID-26) the Inspector sent to the Council following the Local Plan procedural meeting held on 27 July 2023. 
The Committee voted unanimously to support option 1 offered by the Inspector, which is that he writes a report setting out why the submitted plan is unsound and should not be adopted, rather than option 2, which is that the Council withdraws the plan. The Committee's decision was a recommendation to the full Council which met on 19 October 2023 and ratified the decision.  The Council has now asked the Inspector for a report. 

Minutes of the Planning Policy Committee 21 September

10 August 2023: The Inspector wrote to the Council following the Procedural Meeting on 27 July 2023 ID-26.

26 July 2023: The Inspector sent an Agenda for the meeting on 27 July 2023 ID-25. The meeting will be broadcast live or it can be watched later.

20 July 2023: We have sent a procedural Meeting Note to the Inspector TED-61, in readiness for the Procedural Meeting on the 27 July 2023. 

4 July 2023: We have sent a letter to the Inspector TED-60, in response to his letter ID-24.

23 June 2023: The Inspector sent a letter to the Council ID-24.

15 June 2023: We have sent a letter to the Inspector TED-59, in response to his letter ID-23.

5 June 2023: The Inspector has sent a response ID-23.

31 March 2023: The Inspector has sent a response ID-22 to our letter TED58.

24 March 2023: Further to our previous correspondence, we have sent a letter to the Inspector TED58.

17 November 2022: For clarification purposes, we have been requested by the Inspector to make those sections of the agenda and minutes of the 22 September 2022 Planning Policy Committee meeting which are relevant to the Local Plan available on the examination website. As such, TED57 includes the committee papers and minutes for agenda items 6 and 7.

28 June 2022: As requested from the Inspector in his letter, ID20, the Council have sent an update on the progress of work on the Local Plan as originally set out in TED55. This is a working document and will be updated on a monthly basis.

24 June 2022: Following Planning Policy Committee on 23 June 2022, it was resolved that the OTH2E- Local Development Scheme 2022 is adopted and supersedes the January 2020 version of the document.

27 April 2022: We have sent a letter to the Inspector, TED55, in response to his previous letters (ID20 and ID21) regarding the Council’s work program.

24 March 2022: The Inspector has sent a letter (ID21) in response to our letter TED54.

18 March 2022: Further to our previous correspondence, we have sent a letter to the Inspector, TED54, seeking some clarification on a number of matters raised in ID20 and to enable us to finalise a considered workplan.

11 March 2022: As agreed at Planning Policy Committee on 10 March 2022, the Council are now exploring the work required following the Inspector’s letter in ID20. We will only contact the Inspector via the Programme Officer once a formal response has been submitted and this will be published on our website here.

15 February 2022: We have sent a letter to the Inspector, TED53, to acknowledge his letter (ID20). The Council will carefully consider the contents of ID20 and will respond to the Inspector in due course.

7 February 2022: The Inspector has sent a letter (ID20) in response to our letter TED51.

3 February 2022: We have sent a copy of the decision notice of a planning application on proposed housing allocation HSG05 Sandiford House, Caterham. View the decision notice.

21 January 2022: Further to our previous correspondence, we have sent a letter (TED51) and accompanying Appendix A, to advise of the options before the Council, regarding the next steps for the Local Plan and to seek his views on which of these options he feels could be pursued in a justified, sound and effective way. In addition to this, we have provided the Inspector with our response to Mid-Sussex District Council’s consultation on modifications to its Site Allocations Development Plan Document, particularly in relation to the impacts on the A22 Star junction and Felbridge roads. View the response.

6 January 2022: We have sent a further update, TED50, on the Council’s progress in addressing matters raised in the Inspector’s responses ID16 and ID19. In addition to a further update, the following documents were submitted:

25 November 2021: We have sent an update to the Inspector, TED49, on the Council’s progress on providing a response to his letters, ID16 and ID19.

13 September 2021: The Inspector has sent a letter (ID19) in response to our letter TED48.

27 August 2021: We have sent an update to the Inspector on the latest delay to the high-level transport modelling in TED48. This letter proposes the actions we will be undertaking to address the issues raised by Surrey County Council and Highways England. We also propose an alternative option prompted by the ongoing delay to the traffic modelling and regarding the August timeframe set out in ID18.

19 July 2021: We wrote to the Inspector (TED47) to update him on the Council’s thoughts on how to progress  our Local Plan Examination. We also provided him with a Position Statement which outlines the initial findings of the assessment of potential mitigation measures for Junction 6 of the M25.

30 June 2021: We have sent a response outlining the progress of the high-level transport modelling work and the decision-making process TED46 Update to Inspector.

21 June 2021: The Inspector has sought an update on the timetable and decision-making process in ID18.

26 May 2021: We have sent an updated timetable to the Inspector following an update on the delay to the high-level transport modelling work (TED45).

9 March 2021: We have sent our response outlining the anticipated timeframe for the work TED44 – TDC response to Inspector’s letter on the programme (ID17).

10 February 2021: The Inspector has responded and agreed in principle to our suggestion of undertaking further work in his letter ID17. The Inspector also requests a programme for this work setting out clear milestones for the anticipated work.

8 February 2021: The letter was discussed at Planning Policy Committee on 20 January 2021 and we have sent our initial response to the Inspector TED43 – TDC Initial response to Inspector’s Preliminary Conclusions (ID16). This sets out the request to carry out further work around the issues of Junction 6 of the M25 before providing a response in relation to the options detailed in ID16.

11 December 2020: We have received the Inspector’s preliminary conclusions and advice on the Tandridge District Council Local Plan 2033 (ID16).

Examination in Public 2019

Hearing Sessions

The public hearing sessions for the Local Plan concluded on 28 November 2019. Information relating to the examination sessions has been published and the sessions can be viewed in full via the Council’s webcasting facility

The Planning Inspector has confirmed, via the Programme Officer, that he is preparing his post-hearing response to the Council and he will issue this in due course. We will publish his response on the website when it is received.

Before the Inspector can finalise and issue his post-hearing feedback, the Council has been asked by the Inspector to respond to a number of questions including:

The Council continues to work on a response to the Inspector on ID13 which requires working with a number of parties. We will update the website to provide further information when it is available. When the Inspector has received the responses, they will be published on the website accordingly. Please note this is the same information available to the Programme Officer and the Council’s most up to date position.


Our Local Plan: 2033 sets out a new development strategy for the district up to 2033. Our Local Plan will guide key planning decisions and set out policies to direct where development goes. We have developed a plan which:

  • Delivers much needed infrastructure including that associated with the Garden Community. See the infrastructure map.
  • Helps provide affordable housing and homes for all our communities.
  • Preserves the open character of the area and the Green Belt. 
  • Supports local business and attracts inward investment, helping the area thrive and capitalises on our connections with London, Gatwick and the south east.
  • Helps ensure the district remains a place where people want to live, work and visit.

The Local Plan will replace the Council’s planning policies currently set out in the Tandridge District Core Strategy (2008) in full. The suite of development management policies set out in the adopted Local Plan Part 2: Detailed Policies (2014), will also be partially replaced where it is necessary.

Submission of Local Plan and supporting evidence

On Friday 18 January 2019, the Council submitted Our Local Plan: 2033 to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. Included within the submission documents were:

  • Our Local Plan: 2033 (Regulation 22 Submission). 
  • The Proposed Policies Maps.
  • Proposed Modifications to the Plan.
  • The Regulation 22 Statement of Consultation, including copies of all representations received during the consultation carried out as part of Regulation 20, on the plan which took place between 31 July 2018 and 10 September 2018.
  • Statutory Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessments.
  • A Statement of Fact setting out the places where documents can be viewed.
  • Supporting evidence.

You can view all documents submitted as part of Our Local Plan: 2033 on our Examination Library page.  This examination library provides access to all supporting evidence and technical assessments relevant to the submitted Local Plan and is subject to update as part of the process.  

Hard copies of documents are available for a fee and can be ordered by filling in our Contact us form or calling 01883 722000. Documents can be collected from the Council Offices or posted on request (you will need to pay for the postage).

Through the course of the Local Plan examination a range of information will be produced by all parties involved in the hearing sessions, including from the Planning Inspectorate. This information will include hearing dates and agendas and will be published as and when it becomes available and can be found on the Examination Matters and Documents page, which will be updated as the examination progresses. 

The Inspector

A Planning Inspector will be appointed to undertake an independent examination into the Local Plan and further details will be published when available.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012).  

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. 

Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan.

The Planning Inspectorate has published guidance notes on the examination process to provide further detail on how examination proceedings generally work. Tandridge’s appointed Planning Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis BA Hons MA MRTPI, has also issued specific guidance notes for the local proceedings and should be read by all those wishing to partake in or attend the hearing sessions. The Inspector has also issued Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQ’s), which the Council and interested parties are invited to respond to, ahead of the formal examination hearing sessions. These documents remain in draft and will be subject to change as the Matters progress and at the discretion of the Planning Inspector. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer. 

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, works under the direction of the appointed Planning Inspector and is independent of the Council. The Programme Officer acts as the channel of communication between all parties, including the Council and the Planning Inspector. 

The Programme Officer is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements and questions regarding the proceedings are also submitted through the programme officer.

Contact details:

Chris Banks, Programme Officer, C/O Banks Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex BN16 1EF.
Tel: 01903 783722, Mob:07817 322750, e-mail: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com.

The Hearing timetable and venue

The hearings are due to open at 9.30 am on Tuesday 8 October 2019 and will be held at Tandridge District Council Offices, The Council Chamber, 8 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0BT.

All details regarding times, dates and matters to be discussed at hearing sessions, will be published on the Examination Matters and Documents page when available.