The Site Allocations Policies Document forms an important part of our Local Plan that will eventually replace the Epsom & Ewell Local Plan (2000). It includes a site allocations for new housing, employment land, shopping, community and transport uses. It will also set out our Borough-wide strategies in relation to Green Infrastructure and our Heritage Assets.
The Site Allocations Policies Document will function in parallel with the Development Management Policies Document to deliver the Core Strategy.
Work on the Site Allocations Policies Document has been underway since September 2006 when people were asked to identify potential sites for future development. The Site Allocations Paper (pdf - 156kb) can be viewed and a summary of the responses are available below:
Subsequently we consulted on an initial Issues and Options Paper during March and April 2008. A copy of the Issues and Options Paper (pdf - 3.74mb) and the responses (pdf - 338kb) received are available to view.
During September 2009, the Council's Planning Policy Sub Committee received a report which set out a series of draft policy options prepared in response to comments made during the initial Issues consultation stage. The Committee also agreed that these options be further developed and be subject to public consultation.
In April 2010 the Planning Policy Sub Committee agreed that consultation would take the form of three separate stages that would address policy options for the following:
- Housing Land Supply
- Site Specific Housing Policies
- Other Site Specific Policies (including green infrastructure, employment land and shopping).
Housing Land Supply Strategy (HLSS) Consultation 2010
The Government has stated that local authorities must meet their housing needs and must identify specific sites for new homes. They have also set out how local authorities should go about this. In response, we identified three strategy options to do this, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
The Council ran a consultation on the HLSS from Friday 1 October to Friday 31 December 2010. Following the consultation, the Council's Strategy and Resources Committee endorsed Strategy 1 as the Council's preferred housing land supply strategy. The Council's strategy is therefore:
'Build all of our future homes in the existing urban area'.
The consultation document can be viewed below and comments received can be viewed through the Council's consultation portal.
Executive summary (pdf - 20kb)
Consultation paper (pdf - 144kb)
Housing Site Allocations Consultation 2011
Upon confirming our Housing Land Supply Strategy we consulted on a series of possible housing site options. These formed the basis of the Housing Site Allocations Paper, which was available for public consultation during the period from 1 August to 24 October 2011.
Housing Site Allocations Consultation Paper (pdf - 8.53mb)
Response Form (Word Doc - 195kb)
Sustainability Appraisal (pdf - 1.58mb)
The results of the Consultation were reported to the Council's Planning Policy Sub-Committee during February 2012. The copy of the Report to the Sub-Committee (pdf - 207kb) is available. It also incorporates an overview of the responses received during the consultation. The minutes (pdf - 21kb) of the February 2012 Planning Policy Sub-Committee are also available. These set out our preferred housing site allocations, following the public consultation exercise.
Other Sites Consultation 2013
Now that we have identified our preferred housing land supply strategy and the preferred housing site allocations we can move forward and identify site allocations for other necessary land uses, such as green infrastructure, heritage assets, employment and retail sites, and transport improvements.
The Other Sites Consultation Paper is the subject of a public consultation exercise that will run between Monday 28 October 2013 until Monday 6 January 2014. We encourage people to make responses directly through our Consultation Portal which will be live during the consultation period. The Other Sites Sustainability Appraisal Report is also available for consultation through our Consultation Portal.
Paper copies of the Other Sites Consultation Paper are also available to view at the Town Hall and the Borough's Libraries during normal opening times.
The following documents are available to view and download:
Other Sites Consultation Paper
Sustainability Appraisal - Other Sites
We welcome your comments on the suggested Other Sites options set out in this paper. This will help inform our approach to formulating policies which will guide future development proposals to ensure that growth creates, maintains and enhances the sustainable communities across the Borough.
We will consult directly with a wide variety of key stakeholders including local residents’ associations, representatives of the parliamentary political parties, members of the Local Strategic Partnership, key local interest groups and the development industry.
We will be consulting on options for new Gypsy and Traveller accommodation as part of a separate exercise, which will take place during the first quarter of 2014.