Elmbridge Borough Council are required by law to have a Local Plan and the Government has made it clear that all local authorities must have an up-to-date plan. Failure to do so could lead to intervention whereby the Government writes the Elmbridge Local Plan and policies. The current Local Plan is out of date and must be replaced. Without a new plan, the council could find themselves unable to resist unacceptable development or applications being allowed on appeal. This could result in unplanned development in unsustainable locations.
The previous consultation in 2016/17 saw the residents of Elmbridge reject plans to build on our Green Belt across Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Oxshott. As a result, Elmbridge Borough Council is launching another consultation with local residents. This could mean as many as 16,000 new homes across Elmbridge. In the Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon, Oxshott and Downside area this could be up to 6,000 new homes and 15,000 more residents, threatening our Green Belt, intensifying building and creating characterless communities.
The consultation is asking residents to help the Council decide the future of housing in Elmbridge by choosing one of five options.