Committee approves the submission of the Local Plan

Last night’s Planning Policy Committee approved the submission of the Local Plan to the government for independent examination. This means it will be submitted 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.

Work by UK Power Networks in Oxted

During January and February 2019, UK Power Networks will be carrying out some work on Station Road East and Gresham Road in Oxted.

The work, which will take place in sections, is necessary to improve the area’s power supply for the long term.

Work to demolish the Oxted gasholder will begin in January 2019

Work to prepare for the demolition of the gasholder in Oxted will begin on Wednesday 2 January 2019. The work will be carried out by demolition experts John F Hunt on behalf of St William Homes LLP, which is the owner of the gasholder site.

After an initial set up period, a crane will arrive on the site at the end of January to help workers access the top of the frame. The frame of the gasholder will be dismantled piece by piece with the debris contained and collected from within the gasholder.

Council’s financial position clearer following government and Surrey County Council announcements

Recent funding announcements from the government and Surrey County Council have given the Council more clarity over its financial position going forward. The Council’s robust financial planning has enabled it to continue to fund vital services despite receiving no Revenue Support Grant and it is confident this approach will continue to best protect services in the challenging times ahead.

Recycle right over the festive period

The countdown to Christmas has begun. Find out more about recycling Christmas paper and cards, real Christmas trees and unwanted or broken Christmas lights, plus information on changes to rubbish and recycling collection days.