Why there is so much development here
This page explains the success factors which mean new development is necessary.
We are fortunate to live in a region with a strong economy, low unemployment and good communication links. We are even more fortunate to have towns and villages of character and beautiful countryside nearby.
Local surveys consistently tell us that these are some of the things people value most about the borough.
A desirable place to live and work
For many years these success factors have helped make the borough a desirable place to live and work, such desire being reflected in rising high land values, with housing becoming less affordable to each generation.
In addition improved healthcare and greater independence for young and old alike, plus higher separation and divorce rates, mean we tend to live longer and in smaller households. As a result of these changes in society we tend to build and live in smaller properties than we did in the past.
Successive surveys of housing within the borough have shown a relative shortage of small properties.
10,000 new homes
The South East Plan (2009) requires the council to plan for an additional 10,000 new homes by 2026, the highest number of any Surrey district. In part, this is because we have good communications and a thriving economy.
We cannot change these facts. But it must plan with them in mind and achieve the right balance between the interests of current and future generations.
Development management - about this phrase.
Statement of Purpose
- Statement of Purpose for Development Management
- Diagram showing the elements of Development Management.
Last updated : 10/03/2010