Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) are currently consulting on its Development Management Plan Proposed Submission document (Regulation 19).
This Consultation will run from:
Wednesday 10 January until 5pm on 23 February 2018.
The Consultation will deal with numerous issues but the primary matter that could affect local communities is the proposal to Safeguard land at Redhill Aerodrome.
Local Planning Authorities can safeguard land in order to plan for and meet longer-term development needs.
Safeguarded land is therefore safeguarded for future development, not from development.
If Redhill Aerodrome is successfully safeguarded by RBBC it will negatively impact many local communities. RBBC can only Safeguard the part of the Aerodrome that falls within their administrative boundary (about 35% of the entire Aerodrome site).
Anyone may comment on plans put forward for consultation by local authorities you do not have to reside in RBBC district.
You can do so by visiting: http://www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp
Information about Redhill Aerodrome appears on pages 158/159 of the Consultation.
We are awaiting confirmation from Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council regarding a planned public meeting (possibly on 2nd February 2018). Please check their web site http://salfordsandsidlowpc.org.uk/
KRAG is preparing a response which we will circulate.
We urge you to respond to the RBBC consultation and if possible arrange for members of your household to reply individually. The likely hood is that composite responses from households and organisations (including our elected parish representatives) will count as one response. Please also remember the inspector reviewing the draft plan will only see consultation responses. Communications outside consultation responses will not be presented to the inspector.
Thank you for your support.
KRAG supporters will no doubt recall assertions from TDC (Councillors and Officers) that a decision on site selection and an announcement would be made around Christmas/Early New Year. TDC have now issued the under mentioned update;
Update - Tandridge District Council Local Plan
Local Plan preparation continues
The Planning Policy Committee held on Wednesday 17 January was updated about the on-going and extensive work being done to prepare the Local Plan. Having a robust evidence base to inform and underpin the Local Plan is essential. Until sufficient evidence has been gathered no recommendations about the potential location for a garden village or any other sites for development can be made.
The Council continues to meet with infrastructure providers like water, health and education services to gain an understanding of what infrastructure is needed to support any proposed development. This is one of the most significant pieces of work which will ensure the Local Plan delivers roads, schools, shops and health facilities to benefit the whole district.
During the Local Plan: Garden Villages Consultation 2,803 responses were received from residents and others. Work to analyse these responses is on-going and will form part of the evidence base. A robust evidence gathering process is vital as it will support the delivery of a plan, which as well as delivering infrastructure, will protect the Green Belt and enable the district to keep control over where development goes.
Later this year there will be another public consultation about the Council's final draft of the plan, known as the Regulation 19, before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.
Councillor Keith Jecks, Vice-Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: "No decisions can or will be taken about the potential location of a Garden Village until the evidence is understood. The analysis of the thousands of responses to the consultation is on-going and we will publish all the responses as soon as we can.
"It is critical we develop a Local Plan which seeks to meet the needs of our existing and future residents, businesses and visitors. We are committed to delivering the affordable homes, roads, schools, shops and health facilities our district desperately needs, which in turn will boost business and create new jobs. While a garden village development would require the release of around 1% of Green Belt, from the 94% we currently have, releasing this small amount in one particular area will make it easier to protect the rest and prevent a scattergun approach to making any other changes to the Green Belt."
The update does not give any timescales. Enquiries with TDC indicate that a decision/announcement will not now be made until spring possibly March/April. Although disappointing the delay does not surprise us. We fully understand the importance of proper analysis. It appears TDC underestimated the level and depth of response to the consultation.
KRAG are concerned on the failure to publish responses in particular information from the sponsors of the sites that was not available during the consultation. We understand there is a considerable volume of such information. The longer it takes to make it publically available the less time the public has to analyse and comment in the next consultation. KRAG accept that documents need to be checked to ensure inappropriate content is excluded however publication should not be delayed pending analysis by TDC.