Published Friday, 3rd March 2023

A third round of engagement is soon to begin for the community to further input into the draft A23 Great Street Redhill to Horley Design Code. Meet the team at The Belfry on 14 March to find out more.

The Council’s Planning Policy team and their specialist design consultants are seeking feedback on the draft design code, that has been developed following input from previous events and consultation.

This includes an opportunity to see how the Planning team will be able to use 3D virtual modelling when considering future planning applications for the area.

The team will be in Unit 16 of The Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill, RH1 1ST on Tuesday 14 March from 11.30am to 5.30pm.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can find out more and comment online (Commonplace) from Wednesday 15 March to Friday 31 March.

The design code will help to enhance the environment and character of the area, promoting high quality design of the street, public spaces and new development along the A23 corridor between Redhill and Horley. It promotes the A23 as a ‘green corridor’ through the Borough, which will provide a much more attractive environment for sustainable active travel, including walking and cycling.

See it in action

Cllr Richard Biggs, Executive Member for Planning Policy and Place Delivery, said: “Thank you to everyone who has got involved so far. This is now an opportunity to see how the design code is shaping up and the principles that will help guide future development in the area and to give your feedback.

"We’ve also taken advantage of cutting-edge 3D virtual modelling that allows planners to see how the area looks now and the impact of any new development proposals.

“Do come along to The Belfry, Redhill on 14 March to see a video of the model in action, to find out more about how the Design Code will work in practice and to tell us your views on the draft. You can also share your view online.”

This latest round of consultation follows previous engagement events in summer and autumn 2022, along with public consultation to find out what people value about the area, what could work better and where there might be opportunities for change, and feedback on the developing visioon.

The purpose of the design code is to:

  • make the area work better for pedestrians and cyclists
  • improve access to open spaces and parks
  • raise the quality of design and
  • identify opportunities for development.

Once adopted, the design code will set the standards that developers must adhere to and will be used when determining planning applications.

The Council secured £120,000 from the Office of Place (Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) for the preparation of a code, as part of its Pathfinder programme to test how design codes can improve design quality.