Council submits the Local Plan for the Tandridge district
The Council has submitted the Local Plan for the Tandridge district to the government for independent examination. Following the decision taken at the Planning Policy Committee on 19 December 2018 to approve the plan, officers and councillors have finalised the document along with key supporting materials.
As agreed, the submission has taken place in advance of the introduction of a new government target, which would require the district to plan for 12,900 new homes or 645 homes per year. Based on the rural nature, environmental and landscape designations and the significant proportion of the district covered by Green Belt, the Council believes the number of homes the Local Plan can deliver is 6,056 or 303 homes per year.
The Local Plan will deliver new homes, including affordable ones, for local people. It will also achieve significant infrastructure gains for the district and the Council remains firm in its resolve to ensure the road improvements, schools and healthcare facilities are delivered along with and in support of the new homes.
These infrastructure improvements will also include improvements at Godstone railway station and new employment opportunities to increase the number of local higher skilled jobs.
There is a significant amount of work already underway to secure the infrastructure gains. The Council is working with Homes England, the Highways Agency and Surrey and West Sussex County Councils to draw up a detailed business case for submission to the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. The funding relates to upgrade works for junction 6 of the M25 and the Felbridge junction on the A22.
The Council is also having regular meetings with other key infrastructure providers including Network Rail.
In addition, Engie, a multinational energy infrastructure provider and Clarion Homes, the country’s largest registered provider of affordable properties, have expressed their interest in working jointly and proactively on the delivery of the Garden Community which will provide 4,000 homes in South Godstone.
Having submitted the Local Plan, within a few weeks the Secretary of State will appoint a planning inspector who will oversee the process including an examination in public. More information on this timetable will be shared as it becomes available. To be kept up to date, please sign up for our Local Plan e-mail newsletter by visiting www.tandridge.gov.uk/signup.
All information on the Council’s website www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan is in the process of being updated to reflect the Local Plan submission and in preparation for examination.
Councillor Keith Jecks, Chair of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “The submission of our Local Plan is a significant achievement and we thank all our residents who have got involved for sharing their views and participating in the process.
Though the examination process will take some time and we expect developers and other parties to challenge us on our approach, we will work to ensure that we can defend and secure a plan which uses this once in a generation opportunity to deliver the infrastructure our district needs. These include road and rail improvements, healthcare facilities, schools and employment opportunities for the benefit of all. The delivery of new and affordable homes and supporting infrastructure are both equally important and integral components of our plan.”