Parish organises second meeting on Lingfield Green Belt site

LINGFIELD Parish Council and the steering group responsible for the village’s Neighbourhood Plan are planning a second meeting to oppose a site which has been earmarked for housing development in Tandridge District Council’s draft Local Plan.

A public meeting to discuss the Green Belt fields at the rear of the Star pub in Church Road and bordering Town Hill and Station Road was held on July 26 and attended by 200 people.
The next meeting is on September 5 at 7.30pm again in the St Peter & St Paul Parish Church.

In a joint statement issued the Parish Council and the steering group say: “ We are currently seeking further legal clarification on Tandridge District Council’s failure to consult on this site. Any advice received on this will be included in guidance we propose to issue to residents to assist them when responding to the consultation.

“It is important that arguments are framed correctly and since the Local Plan documentation has only recently been released we, and others, need time to read these and formulate appropriate responses. We want as many people as possible to write in but this has to be done in quite a particular way. The comments need to be focused on specific policies in the draft plan and focus on two matters – these are the soundness and legal compliance of the plan.

“We are working to help residents frame their responses and we assure you that we will formulate guidelines for your responses in good time to meet the September 10 deadline for the Local Plan consultation.”

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