Finished at Last – or Have We!
Following a 92% vote in favour of our Neighbourhood Development Plan at the referendum held in May, the plan was approved for adoption at the Mole Valley District Council on 23rd May. Our plan now forms part of the Development Plan for Mole Valley and will be used when assessing future planning applications within Ashtead.
A massive vote of thanks to all those who contributed to, commented on and voted for our plan.
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.
However, Mole Valley have reassessed future housing needs as part of developing a new Local Plan, which shows that there is a significant shortfall between demand and identified supply.
The council has therefore been exploring options to bridge this gap and have published details of a consultation to take place in July/August to obtain the views of all residents. Leaflets will be delivered to every household about this exercise and there will be a series of meetings held throughout the district, including one at Ashtead Peace Memorial hall on 3rd July.
It is therefore important that we all read and comment on these proposals, so look out for the leaflets and try and attend one of the meetings.
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.