Core Strategy

This page contains details about the Council's adopted Core Strategy

Adopted Core Strategy

The Reigate and Banstead Local Plan: Core Strategy was formally adopted by the Council on 3 July 2014. It now forms part of the Development Plan for the borough and will be used in decision-making on planning applications.

Adoption of the Core Strategy followed a formal examination process conducted by an independent Inspector. A copy of the Inspector's report (January 2014) is available to download below.

Purpose of the Core Strategy

The Core Strategy sets out the vision for what Reigate & Banstead will look like in 2027. It contains policies covering a range of issues including jobs and economy, regeneration, housing, environmental protection, the Green Belt and infrastructure.

The Core Strategy also sets out how much growth will take place over the next 15 years, where it will occur and how it will be delivered sustainably. It also contains policies to ensure the borough's Green Belt, attractive natural environment and valued townscapes are protected and enhanced over the life of the Plan.


The development of the Core Strategy was carried out over a number of years, informed by an extensive evidence and technical research. All of the documents are available on the Evidence and Research page.

In accordance with legislation, the development of the Core Strategy was informed by various stages of Sustainability Appraisal (including Strategic Environmental Assessment) and Habitats Regulation Appraisal (incorporating Appropriate Assessment). These documents are also available available on the Evidence and Research page.

Affordable housing contribution on sites of 10 units or less

Following the Court of Appeal judgement on 11 May 2016, the Council recognises that the provisions within the Planning Practice Guidance and the Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) of 28 November 2014 by Brandon Lewis MP are material considerations in determining planning applications locally. However, the judgement confirmed that local circumstances may justify lower (or no) thresholds as an exception to the national policy. 

It is the Council's position that, in this borough, there are local circumstances of sufficient weight to justify such an exception. As such, unless there is clear evidence or unique circumstances - on a case-by-case baseis - to demonstrate that providing contributions will have a disproportionate impact on a particular scheme, the Council will apply greater weight to Core Strategy Policy CS15 (3) in the determination of applications and will therefore continue to seek affordable housing contributions on sites of 10 units or less. 

For further informaiton on the Council's approach to the application of the Core Strategy Policy CS15, including how to calculate the contributions required, please visit the Affordable Housing SPD