Spelthorne Local Plan - Issues & Options

Spelthorne Local Plan Issues & Options consultation paper

Local Plan

Spelthorne Takes Shape

What is this consultation about?

The Council is consulting on a new Local Plan for the Borough, which will set out how much development we need for the next 15 years and where it should go. The finished Local Plan will contain policies for deciding planning applications and allocated sites for housing, employment and other forms of development.

This paper sets out the key issues affecting Spelthorne and the options we should consider for how to meet our needs. These issues are not just those we are currently experiencing but what our future may look like in 2035. The paper identifies the challenges and constraints for development but also the opportunities Spelthorne offers for growth.

Whether you are a resident, worker or business owner in Spelthorne, we want you to have a say in shaping your Local Plan.

Why do we need a new Local Plan?

Our current Local Plan comprises the Core Strategy & Policies, which was adopted in 2009. Since then, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in 2011, which provides policy guidance to all local planning authorities, including how local plans should be prepared. All local plans need to conform to the NPPF but as our Core Strategy predates it, we are not able to rely on it for key items such as housing targets. Without an up-to-date Local Plan, we are less able to plan positively for the Borough and risk planning decisions being taken out of our hands.

We know that decisions to increase built development, especially when they result in the loss of green spaces, are not always well received but making positive choices is preferable to having choices made for us. That way, we can plan for the infrastructure required to support new development. This new development will bring much needed local homes, jobs and facilities to the Borough, not just for us but for the next generation of Spelthorne residents.

Our consultation

This paper covers the key issues affecting Spelthorne and provides the evidence to support what we think our needs will be. Each issue then includes options for meeting that need and you are invited to express your views on those options by stating which you prefer. It may be that you do not prefer any of the options, in which case you should select the option you disagree with the least.

The easiest and most effective way to respond to the consultation is by answering the questions at each stage in this document and follow the instructions to submit.

Alternatively, you can email us at local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk

Or write to us at: Strategic Planning, Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

What happens after the consultation?

Once the consultation closes, we will read and analyse all the responses we receive, known as 'representations'. We will produce a schedule of representations, which we will publish on our website. Your views will be used to help develop our new Local Plan to the next stage of Preferred Options, where we will set out what we think is the best strategy to meet our needs. We will carry out further public consultation on those options, which will include specific sites for possible allocation for certain types of development in the new Plan. We expect this to take place at the end of 2018. By responding to this consultation and agreeing to have your contact details stored on our database, you will automatically be notified of future consultations.

Further information on the timetable for producing our Local Plan up to formal adoption can be found within our Local Development Scheme.