Published Monday, 3rd October 2016
Have you responded to the Council’s consultation on the next stage of its Local Plan yet? The 10 October deadline is fast approaching.
The Council is urging residents, businesses and workers in the borough who have not yet had their say to make sure they do so before the consultation closes at 5pm on 10 October.
The Development Management Plan (DMP) consultation will help to decide where in the borough different types of development like homes, offices, shops and facilities will go over the next ten years to 2027 and guide how new development looks.
It also identifies ‘zones’ for things like green space, residential areas of special character and local shopping centres along with policies against which planning applications will be assessed.
Your chance to shape plans
Cllr Tony Schofield, Executive Member for Planning Policy, said: “This consultation is really important as it will have an impact on how the borough develops over the next decade, so we’re keen to hear as many views as possible. I’d like to thank all those who have already responded. But if you’ve not taken part yet, please make sure you have your say before the deadline.
“The government requires us to plan for future development. This means we will need to make decisions about how to balance the need for housing, growing the economy and protecting the environment.
“But this consultation is not just about potential development sites. It also covers things like protecting our heritage assets, landscapes and biodiversity, open spaces, homes for older people, how new developments should be designed and how much parking they should provide, along with the infrastructure and facilities needed to support them. For example, the consultation document identifies potential sites for two new primary schools and a new healthcare facility.
“This is your chance to shape what is included in this plan. Your views are important to us so please make sure you have your say before 10 October.”
Having a Local Plan in place will provide greater local control over where development goes and help to ensure that appropriate facilities and services are put in place to support it. Without a plan it is more likely that government planning inspectors will decide where development will go in the future.
How to have your say
To view the full consultation document and have your say visit the Development Management Plan page. You can also use our interactive map to easily find out about and comment on proposals for a specific area.
Alternatively, email your comments to LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or post them to the Policy team at the Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH.
For those without internet access, hard copies of the consultation document and comments forms are available at libraries and the Town Hall or by calling 01737 276178.
Following the consultation, responses will be analysed and a draft version of the Development Management Plan will be prepared for further public consultation in spring 2017. It will then be examined by an independent planning inspector before it can be formally adopted by the Council
Anyone that wants to be keep up to date on this and other planning policy matters can register online to be added to our mailing list, by emailing LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or by phoning 01737 276178.
For more information visit the Development Management Plan page