In 2018/2019, the Council applied for Housing Infrastructure Funds (HIF) from the government amounting to around £57m to help deliver improvements to Junction 6 of the M25 and the A22/A264 Felbridge junction. This bid was submitted on behalf of the Council by Surrey County Council. The Council has been advised the funding will not be made available for the upgrades as part of this funding round.
Feedback from the government suggests in this case it was too early in the scheme for development of the Garden Community to secure funding in the current round. There is no indication from the government that the Council’s decision and strategy to pursue a Garden Community at South Godstone was not supported by the HIF team.