Strategic Planning

As well as preparing local planning policies, the Council has a duty to cooperate with other local authorities and public bodies on planning issues that cross administrative boundaries or have a "larger than local" impact.

Issue of shared interest include:

  • Delivery of new homes and jobs
  • Protection and enhancement of the natural environment such as the Mole Gap SAC or Surrey Hills AONB
  • Providing infrastructure such as new roads or managing the risk of flooding
  • Gatwick Airport

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The Coast to Capital LEP was established in 2011 and stretches from Croydon down to Coastal West Sussex and overlaps with the Gatwick Diamond area.

The LEP is a partnership between local authorities and businesses which is responsible for determining and supporting the delivery of economic priorities within the Coast to Capital area. The LEP is particularly focused on ensuring that the infrastructure needed to support growth is in place and is responsible for deciding how funds such as the Government's Growing Places Fund and the Local Growth Deal should be spent at the local level.

More information about the LEP, its role and its objective, please visit the Coast to Capital website.

The LEP has also prepared a Strategic Economic Plan which is available to download on the Coast to Capital website.

Gatwick Diamond Local Strategic Statement (LSS)

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a public/private partnership established in 2003 to enable local authorities in the area to cooperate on the strategic matters which affect all of their communities. The Diamond covers the areas of Reigate & Banstead, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, Mole Valley and Tandridge with Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council also represented.

In March 2012, the local authorities in the Gatwick Diamond prepared a Local Strategic Statement. This statement built on the joint working which was already in place and sought to provide a broad, consistent direction for the Diamond on planning and economic issues. The statement also identified those areas where joint working was most important and established mechanisms through which cooperation and engagement could occur between the authorities.

Surrey Local Strategic Statement

The 11 local authorities in Surrey have recently begun work to develop a Local Strategic Statement and Memorandum of Understanding to aid cooperation on key strategic planning issues in the County.

More information about the development of the Surrey LSS will be made available in due course.