The Epsom and Ewell Local Plan
The Epsom and Ewell Local Plan provides the local policy framework for the borough against which planning applications will be assessed.
The adopted Plan currently consists of:
The Local Plan is supported by an extensive Evidence Base. These background studies and surveys have helped to inform the adopted policies and will underpin future policy preparation. Amongst other material, this evidence base includes the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
Review of Local Plan
Reviewing our Local Plan
As a result of changes to national planning policy, work is currently underway to review our Local Plan policies. The timetable for the review of the Local Plan including consultation and the publication of the update is available to view within the attachment at the bottom of this page.
The Council has published a new document 'Making the Efficient Use of Land Optimising Housing Delivery 2018' in response to the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework. This is an interim measure to boost housing delivery and give greater certainty to the local plan process.
Please see our Local Plan issues and options consultation page for information about our ongoing consultation, and associated documents.
Housing Delivery Test Action Plan
The publication of the revised national policy and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework NPPF and Planning Practice Guidance PPG) in 2018 saw the introduction of various measures by central government to increase housing delivery in the country through the Planning system. This included the introduction of a new test known as the Housing Delivery Test (HDT). The HDT measures the previous three years housing delivery in an authority area against the authority’s housing requirement. The failure to meet 95% of the requirement results in the need to prepare an Action Plan and failure to meet 85% of the requirement results in the addition of a 20% buffer to the housing requirement, where the Council is required to identify a five year supply of deliverable sites. The Borough failed to deliver 95% housing delivery for the previous three years against the housing requirement and a Housing Delivery Action Plan has been prepared to identify the causes of under-delivery and actions to increase it in the future.
To keep up to date on progress with our Local Plan, register by emailing your details to: LDF@epsom-ewell.gov.uk