Local Plan: Consultation at the halfway stage

As the six week consultation on the Draft Local Plan for the district approaches its halfway point, Tandridge District Council is urging people who haven’t yet done so to get involved and have their say.
The draft plan sets out a number of proposals for the district including:

· A new Garden Community of around 4,000 homes in South Godstone.
· Thousands of new jobs.
· New health care facilities, plus upgrades to existing health centres.
· Two new primary schools and a new secondary school, plus improvements to many existing schools.
· Road and rail improvements.
· New play areas and improvements to existing play areas.
· Measures to alleviate flood risk.

The consultation, which runs until 5pm on Monday, September 10 , is an opportunity for residents to comment on the legal compliance and soundness of the plan.

The draft plan document is available to view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan where there’s also information about how to take part in the consultation, a guide to submitting comments, as well as fact sheets about the plan’s contents in relation to each area, including proposed sites for new homes, employment and infrastructure improvements. Hard copies of all the documents are available to view in all local libraries and at the Council Offices in Oxted.

Anyone can make comments by:

§ Visiting the consultation portal at http://consult.tandridge.gov.uk/portal.
§ E-mailing localplan@tandridge.gov.uk.
§ Writing to Tandridge District Council, 8 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0BT.

Councillor Keith Jecks, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “There are just over three weeks left for residents to find out more and have their say about the Draft Local Plan. This is the last opportunity for residents and other stakeholders to comment on the plan before it is presented to a government appointed planning inspector. There is plenty of information about the plan on the Council’s website and I encourage everyone to read the guide for submitting comments.

“Unlike earlier consultations which considered alternative options, Regulation 19 is solely concerned with the legal compliance and soundness of the draft plan. But all comments received will be made available to the inspector, so please do take part. “

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