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Baseline Sustainability Appraisal

In order to decide what we want in the future, it is necessary to know what we have at the moment. The Baseline Sustainability Appraisal, (and appendices), provides the evidence which will ultimately back up any policies agreed for the NDP. The study – nicknamed the ‘Ashtead Doomsday book’ – provides a snapshot of the village in terms of a whole range of issues related to planning. It covers issues such as the villages’ demographics, the nature of the housing stock, information regarding health provision – care homes, nursing homes, dentists and doctors. It looks to the nature of our green spaces including allotments and play areas. It also covers ‘amenity green space’ – the small patches of grass which have park benches and are managed by MVDC. Footpaths, bridleway and common all feature in our own modern day Doomsday Book.

This document is based on Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) District-wide Sustainability Appraisal and conforms to the structure and headings that they themselves use.

As defined by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given

the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.

Much of the baseline information used in this report is from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) database of the 2011 and 2001 censuses. The ONS data for Ashtead are a consolidation of the census data for each of Ashtead’s three Council Wards: Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park and Ashtead Village. There are a number of indicators for which baseline data are not obtainable at Ashtead level and alternative indicators have been sought, mainly the data available at Mole Valley level.

Other information in this document has been supplied by MVDC and Government bodies, or is the result of findings from research and surveys conducted by Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) in Ashtead.