Following approval by the Executive committee, Mole Valley District Council published our NDP on their website (www.molevalley.gov.uk/localplans) as part of their district-wide consultation on its content. That consultation finished on 5th August and a summary of responses are shown, both HERE and on the Mole Valley site.
The Plan and all comments from that consultation have been passed to an independent Examiner for review. The outcome of this independent review is expected by the end of the year. If the independent examiner is satisfied that we have followed the correct procedure and taken into account local views, the council will arrange for the final step – a referendum of Ashtead residents to adopt the Plan as an addition to council planning policy. This should occur no later than the local council elections in 2017.
Our Plan is based on the current Mole Valley Core Strategy, with its attendant housing targets and existing Green Belt boundaries that safeguard the countryside around Ashtead from development. Mole Valley are in the process of reassessing future housing needs and developing a new Local Plan, which should be published in late 2017. At this point, we do not expect that the creation of this new Local Plan will alter our views on the policies that we have proposed in our NDP.
Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) was set up to make sure that Ashtead’s residents, businesses and organisations have a chance to shape the future development of building and housing in our village by producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The Plan sets out a policy framework for any future development, covering infrastructure and transport needs, style and size of housing and the protection of the Green Belt and our historical heritage.