Just over a week to go before start of the Draft Local Plan Consultation

Just over a week to go before start of the Draft Local Plan Consultation

There is just over a week to go before the start of the Draft Local Plan Consultation which will run from 9am on Monday 30 July to 5pm on Monday 10 September. This consultation is 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.

A fact sheet containing information about the plan’s contents in relation to each ward is being delivered to every household in the district. The content includes sites for new homes, employment and infrastructure improvements. The information contained in the leaflet can be found on the website at The Draft Local Plan document will also be available on the website and in local libraries. 

Anyone can make comments by: 

Councillor Keith Jecks, Chair of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “More than 7600 residents have taken part in the three consultations which have formed the Local Plan process so far. We’ve used their feedback to help shape our strategy and form the plan. This fourth and final phase of consultation is an important last chance to make comments on the plan’s legal compliance and soundness before the plan goes to the Planning Inspectorate.

“This plan is critical to securing the future prosperity of our district. It will bring additional housing residents can afford, new schools, a new doctors’ surgery, flood relief measures, improvements to roads, better rail connections and improvements to parking. A significant amount of employment space has also been allocated which will lead to more high value jobs and it supports the development of existing employment sites. I appreciate it is a complicated document to understand, but the ward based fact sheets should help residents find out what is proposed in their area.” 

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