Committee will be given update on Local Plan preparation
Next week’s Planning Policy Committee will be given an update about the extensive work being done to prepare the Local Plan, as well as the Statement of Consultation report regarding the Local Plan: Garden Villages Consultation during which over 2,800 responses were received.
The extensive work to gather evidence about the potential location for the garden village for the Tandridge district is ongoing. Three potential locations are still being considered and the Committee will be provided with a breakdown for each broad location based on the evidence collected so far. An up to date position on factors such as land availability and the location’s ability to deliver the infrastructure gains like roads, schools, and health facilities to benefit the whole district are set out in the report.
For all three broad locations more transport and air quality modelling needs to be done to fully understand the potential to deliver around 4,000 homes.
For the South Godstone broad location, delivery would rely on an upgrade to Godstone railway station and improvements to the A22.
Current evidence regarding the Blindley Heath broad location suggests there is not enough land available to deliver the number of homes needed.
In the case of the Redhill Aerodrome broad location, its delivery would rely on a new junction off the M23 which has not been agreed by government and this means there is uncertainty that the location could contribute to the Council’s plan period to 2033. The Council set out these concerns in response to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Development Management Plan which seeks to safeguard this location for future development. This Council will continue to work closely with Reigate & Banstead under the Duty to Cooperate.
No formal recommendation will be given about the location of the garden village until all the extensive evidence gathering, which is still ongoing is complete and this work will continue for all three potential broad locations. The Committee will be asked to note the evidence gathered to date, but no decisions will be taken.
In addition, the Council has now published its Statement of Consultation in which it details the analysis work of the submissions made during the Local Plan: Garden Villages Consultation which took place between 14 August and 9 October 2017.
The main feedback included:
- The need for infrastructure in each of the potential locations.
- While some respondents supported the vision of a garden village, there were concerns it may not be enough to address the planning issues facing Tandridge while others strongly felt there was no need for a garden village.
- Some identified the need and showed support for more new and affordable homes.
- Some highlighted the role of good design and sustainable building practices and others voiced the need to protect the Green Belt.
There were also concerns regarding flood risk and the impact of development on the landscape and environment.
The Council will carefully consider the comments received and review the Vision, Objectives and Principles of the garden village, as the plan process progresses. No quantitative analysis has taken place to identify how many people supported or opposed a particular location. The full Statement will be available to view on the website at www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan.
The committee will also be updated about the Local Development Scheme 2018 which sets out the timetable for the preparation and adoption of the Local Plan. In the summer 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 by the end of the year.
Peter Bond, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “This is a significant milestone in our obligation to deliver a sustainable and robust Local Plan, which will deliver the new and affordable homes, roads, schools, and health facilities our district needs. The garden village is also the best way of safeguarding our Green Belt land which accounts for 94% of the district. By releasing around 1% we will still have the highest proportion of Green Belt land of any council in the country. We do acknowledge the garden village is a bold strategy and will not be supported by all, but we firmly believe it is the best way to deliver the homes and infrastructure we need to create new jobs and secure a successful future for existing residents, their children and grandchildren.”
Adoption of Caterham Masterplan being considered
Next week’s Planning Policy Committee will consider whether to adopt the Caterham Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This document will establish the guidelines to help shape and deliver an ambitious regeneration plan for Caterham town centre and Caterham on the Hill over the next ten years and will build on the invaluable work prepared in the Caterham Town Design Statement. The Council will also consider results of the Draft Caterham Masterplan Consultation which ran for eight weeks and finished on Monday 22 January.
During the consultation the proposals were viewed by 2,466 people on the Caterham Masterplan website and around 200 people attended one of three exhibition events.
Key proposals include:
- Re-development of the former Rose & Young site.
- Re-development of Church Walk Shopping Centre to provide better, larger shops and a cinema.
- The creation of a more attractive, pedestrian friendly area in Caterham Valley to include new high specification homes and flexible office space.
- Improvement of Town End and revitalising vacant shops.
- Re-generation of Raglan Precinct.
The comments received during the consultation were taken into account and as a result changes have been made to the final Caterham Masterplan SPD. Overall the plan was supported, in particular the redevelopment of Church Walk and Raglan Precinct. Changes made include:
- Responding to the concerns about the proposal to reduce the width of the road on Station Avenue and other key routes. Further transport modelling will now be undertaken before any changes to the road layout and the focus will be on prioritising traffic calming and flows alongside public realm improvements.
- The need for improved and additional car parking particularly in the Waitrose, Quadrant House and Church Walk areas.
- Removal of the community use proposal for Town End car park.
- A comprehensive delivery schedule to show key actions and ensure timely delivery.
- Considering the programme in line with the Local Plan Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which will take account the impact of ongoing development within the district and identify what infrastructure is required, how much it will cost, how it could be funded and when it could be delivered.
Development of this size and nature takes some time to be delivered but the Caterham Masterplan will ensure the right things are brought forward for the town in an appropriate manner. The Council and its consultants continue to work with landowners to progress delivery.
The owners of Church Walk are aiming to submit a planning application in summer 2018. The owner of the former Rose & Young site in Caterham and Clarion Housing Group (CHG) have exchanged contracts for the sale of the site. GHG has planning permission for 48 dwellings, with a supermarket on the ground floor and the Council continues to monitor the progress of this project closely.
To view The Caterham Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document and the feedback from the consultation visit www.caterham-masterplan.org.uk.
Councillor Peter Bond, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “This is an extremely important step on the journey to re-generate Caterham and we have been delighted to see so many businesses, groups and residents joining together to help form the proposals which will underpin the transformation of the town. This momentum will continue to ensure the proposals are delivered and opportunities maximised in the next 10 years.”
Councillor Michael Cooper, Chairman of the Caterham Town Working Group, said: “It is with great pride we will meet next week to decide on the adoption of a document which will help realise the dramatic transformation of Caterham Valley and Caterham on the Hill to make it an even more vibrant and economically strong area. Getting this far has taken great dedication and determination by the many groups in Caterham and this partnership working will continue to lay foundations for a bright future for the town for current and future generations.”
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