Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/369
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP7: Heathrow Airport [View all comments on this section]
Respondent Runnymede Borough Council (Rac… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 22 Jan 2020
Comment

In relation to the expansion proposals by Heathrow as part of its DCO application, the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group (HSPG) is working to develop a non-statutory sub-regional planning framework (JSPF). The JSPF is to be a non-statutory guide to future planning to secure gains from collaborative working. It has been supported and encouraged by MHCLG and evolved through a working group drawn from HSPG member Councils. Currently both Runnymede Council and Spelthorne Council are considering their response to this document. Both Councils aspire to secure economic gains from the HAL expansion proposal for local residents and businesses and as such RBC would support Spelthorne Council in its ask for business rates from HAL, net ecological betterment given the Green Belt that is proposed to be secured as part of its expansion and improvements to connectivity to neighbouring Boroughs and the green and blue network and transport. Spelthorne could see particular gains from local SMEs as part of the Heathrow supply chain proposing to locate in the Borough. RBC is supportive of the employment sites proposed in the Spelthorne Local Plan which aim to strengthen the local economy and to provide opportunities to capture commercial activities displaced by the expansion of Heathrow as well as securing new investment too.

The impact of expansion will have surface access implications for Spelthorne and Runnymede as a neighbouring Authority. A strong economy and securing productivity gains will require enhanced transport in Surrey.

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