Local Plans are the key documents through which local planning authorities can set out a vision and framework for the future development of the area, to address needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure.
Why does Spelthorne Borough Council need a Local Plan?
Having a Local Plan in place can ensure that the future growth of the borough is positively planned for, ensuring that the development that is required to meet identified local needs is located in the most sustainable and suitable locations, and is supported by infrastructure.
Producing the Local Plan is a shared endeavour – led by the local planning authority but in collaboration with local communities, developers, landowners and other interested parties, including neighbouring authorities.
The updated timetable for the Local Plan is as follows:
- Start of preparation process: October 2017 – March 2018
- Consultation in issues and options: April 2018 – May 2018
- Consultation on preferred options: November 2018 – December 2018
- Consultation on Local Plan: June 2019 – July 2019
- Date for submission: October 2019
- Proposed date for adoption: September 2020
How do Spelthorne deliver more housing?
1 Objective analysis of housing need
How – A Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was undertaken jointly between Runnymede and Spelthorne the results of which were published in November 2015. This assessed the amount and type of homes needed to meet demand in the two boroughs until 2033, based on population and economic predictions.
Amount needed – The SHMA found that Spelthorne needs between 552 and 757 new dwellings every year until 2033. This will require many more new homes to be built in the area, above the current housing delivery rates to meet the outdated target of 166 dwellings every year.
2 Assessing the availability of land for housing
a. The next step is to produce a Strategic Land Availability Assessment, which assesses what land is available to provide the homes that are needed to meet the demand set out in the SHMA.
b. Spelthorne has prepared its methodology, in partnership with Runnymede, for carrying out the assessment. There will be an opportunity for sites to be put forward for inclusion in the assessment.
More information on these assessments and other studies that Spelthorne are carrying out can be found here.
3. The strategy for delivering housing
The Local Plan will use the findings from these studies and other evidence base documents to set out the amount of new housing to be provided and where it should be located.
NB. The Local Plan will be prepared in stages where there will be opportunities for the public to comment and shape the plan, including the number of houses to be provided and their location. An independent inspector will be appointed to review the draft plan, taking into account any comments made on it, before it can be finalised and adopted by the council.