Green Belt at Risk - Knowle Park, Stoke D'Abernon
Green Belt at Risk - Chippings Farm, Cobham
Green Belt at Risk - Knowle Park
Green Belt at Risk - Chippings Farm, Cobham
The Elmbridge Local Plan has been delayed until later this year. However, in support for the main local plan three further short consultations have been announced.
These consultations are now taking place on three separate topics:
In conjunction with the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, we will be advising people 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 Cobham Heritage planning team agreed to send in a letter summarising our views on each consultation (see letter links below).
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 we consider 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:
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to respond to the Elmbridge Local Plan Consultation which closed at the end of September 2019.
We have been told that there were over 6500 responses with 2100 of those coming from Cobham, Oxshott, Downside and Stoke D'Abernon.
85% of the total responses received by the council were in favour of Option 4, our preferred option. Over 90% in our area chose Option 4 together with the Dittons, Hinchley Wood, Claygate and Esher.
Although the council made it clear that the consultation wasn't a referendum, this high level of support for Option 4 means it cannot be ignored.
The council planning department is now analysing the consultation responses and will use this analysis to build a new draft Local Plan. This is planned to be put forward to the residents in a further consultation in January 2020.
Depending on the outcome of this new consultation, a revised draft Local Plan will be sent to the Housing Inspector. If approved, it will become the new Elmbridge Local Plan in early 2021.
We think these timescales are quite ambitious and are likely to slip.
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The Elmbridge Local Plan Consultation closed on the 30th September 2019.
Thank you to all those who responded and completed the consultation questionnaire, Elmbridge report that over 6500 responses have been received.
We don't yet know how many chose Option 4 but hopefully, the majority did and gave a clear signal to the council.
A big thank you to all our volunteers who helped distribute leaflets and erected banners to make other residents aware of the consultation, without you, we could not have raised the profile of this important consultation.
The council will now review the responses to the consultation and issue a feedback document by mid-December 2019. The next Local Plan consultation is expected early 2020.
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Thank you to all those who came to St Andrew's Church, Cobham on Thursday 19th September 2019 to attend the Cobham Green Belt Group's public meeting to discuss the Elmbridge Local Housing Plan.
The church was packed out with concerned residents who wanted to understand more about the consultation options, especially when the Elmbridge council public meeting focused on Cobham, Oxshott, Downside and Stoke D'Abernon was unable to accommodate all those who wanted to attend.
After a warm welcome by Mike Branscombe, the vicar of St Andrew's, Sir Gerry Acher of the Cobham Conservation gave an introduction about the consultation and emphasised how important it was that all residents took part in the consultation before it closed on Monday 30th September 2019.
Adrian Wise, Chairman of the Cobham Green Belt Group, then gave a presentation about the consultation options and details of the housing numbers involved. He also explained why Option 4 was the best option. The presentation slides can be downloaded here.
Councillor James Browne then gave some further background about the consultation and explained all the local councillors were recommending Option 4.
Gerry Acher then opened the Questions and Answers section and invited other local residents associations to join the panel at the front. Residents then had the opportunity to ask questions and to express their concerns.
Finally, Gerry Acher thanked the panel and the residents for taking the time to get involved and urged everyone to take the next steps:-