Local residents who took part in the Local Plan consultation last Autumn (and thank you to the many who did) are likely to have received emails from Elmbridge Borough Council about some ongoing consultations.
Consultations are now taking place on three separate topics:-
- A ‘new’ Parking SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) to support the existing Local Plan, which consists of the Core Strategy 2011 and the Development Management Plan 2015. Closing date 4th February 2020.
- A ‘revised’ Development Contributions SPD to support the existing Local Plan in particular Core Strategy (2011) policies CS13: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, CS21: Affordable housing and CS28: Implementation and Delivery. Closing date 4th February 2020.
- Seeking views on EBC’s vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies as part of the preparation of a new Local Plan. Runs from 27th February 2020 to 9th March 2020.
We will be advising members on the vision consultation (item 3) in the course of the coming weeks. For the two SPDs presently under consultation, given the complexity of the documents under consideration and their attachments, the intricacy of the process and the limited time given, the Trustees resolved that the Trust’s planning team should send in a letter to the EBC Planning Department summarising our views on each consultation (see our letters below).
- Cobham Heritage Letter Ref: Parking Supplementary Planning Document SPD Consultation
- Cobham Heritage Letter Ref: Development Contributions SPD Consultation
There are many such SPD’s that together with national policies and the Local Plan itself are important when judging planning applications. While some of these consultations are aimed in the first instance at ‘managing’ the existing Local Plan the results will play a role in the development and implementation of the new Local Plan. Accordingly the Trust considers these consultations similarly to that of the Local Plan itself.
Development Contributions SPD- https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.ti/SPDs/consultationHome
For your reference, the documents EBC wish you to comment upon can be downloaded from the following links:
- Parking SPD - https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/1104066/61544453.1/PDF/-/Parking_SPD_draft_for_consultation.pdf and
- Developer Contributions SPD - https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/1102434/61338693.1/PDF/-/Draft_Development_Contributions_SPD__final.pdf
Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust