Caterham, Chaldon & Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan

Planning the future of our four parishes

News Update 4th April 2020

The Neighbourhood Plan Examination took place on March 10th and was led by Mr Jeremy Edge. The key areas of concern for the examiner were:

  • To understand the Housing Statistics which had been updated for the Examination. Mr Edge seemed very satisfied with the Data he had been given and clearly appreciated some further information and comments provided by Mike Smith.
  • To understand what information informed the conclusions of the Strategic Environmental Assessment prepared by Mr Nick Chisholm Batten of Aecom.
  • To understand the rationale behind the choice of certain of the Local Green Spaces. Mr Edge dealt in some detail with a number of these, in particular the Dene Field, the areas around the Churches in Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe and the Rugby Pitches on the Hill owned by Caterham School. Representatives from the NHS, Caterham School and the Diocese were present to give their counter views regarding the Green Spaces mentioned in the Plan which are on land owned by them. The Steering Group Chair brought to the Examiner’s attention the crucial role played by allotments at Heath Road and Rosedale.
  • To understand how the Neighbourhood Plan Area was initially delineated and how the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group was initially constituted.

Following the Examination we had to find some further facts for the examiner in relation to our own constitution. This was done by Chris Windridge and our thanks to him for doing this. The Steering Group Chair was also asked to mediate with the Diocese about the Local Green Space allocations around the Churches in Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe. Our view was the land around the Churches was suitable for allocation as Local Green Space under Neighbourhood Plan Regulations. The Diocesan view was that it was not and they were not prepared to compromise on this. So we have left this matter for the Examiner to adjudicate on.

What follows now is that the Steering Group will have to wait for the Examiner to write back to us with his comments on the Plan and the inevitable changes he will wish us to make. If the Examiner finds our plan  “sound” and simply requests rewrites or alterations here and there, what would follow in normal circumstances would be a referendum. Under current emergency regulations this would be most unlikely to happen this year. ( TDC have confirmed this.) If he finds the Plan “unsound” the Steering Group will meet as soon as is practicable ( probably by videoconferencing media) to consider our position.

The Steering Group Chair thanks all those who put in so much work prior to the Examination which according to our advisors present went very well.”

I have also sent a letter to all local councillors outlining that, following the closure of Meal and Entertainment services at The Westway, we will be running an Outreach Hub from the Centre for the duration of the current emergency. This demonstrates how local people can pick up and run with things even in the most trying of circumstances. If you want to draw to our attention people you may be concerned about or ideas you may have to help matters along at the present time, please do not hesitate  to call the Westway Centre Number: 01883 347230 and/or visit the Website at: to see what is being done.

Jeremy Webster

Steering Group Chair



The ‘Submission Version’ of the Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan is now available to view (see below)

    About the Neighbourhood Plan

    The Neighbourhood Plan is an important document, created from an evidence base that will be used to determine planning applications within Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe (view map).  It will be formally examined and subject to a local referendum, which, if successful means that it will sit alongside the Tandridge Local Plan offering detail relevant to our area.

    The Plan has been developed over many years by a Steering Group comprising volunteers from the four Parish and Village Councils (Caterham Hill, Caterham Valley, Chaldon and Whyteleafe).  These volunteers have worked over a period of eight years undertaking research and accumulating evidence, which has been distilled into the current version of the neighbourhood plan. 

    Importantly, the Neighbourhood Plan provides a tool for us to protect the special character and green spaces that we have. It will also enable us to receive 25% of developer contributions (Community Infrastructure Levy) coming from development in our area. This money can be put towards community projects.


    We are about to publish the ‘Submission Version’ of the Neighbourhood Plan. This will be delivered to Tandridge District Council, who will consult on it for approximately six weeks. It is important that you have a look at the document and give your views, even if it is simply to offer your support.

    Then, the Plan will be examined by an Independent Examiner. After that, there will be a local referendum, which will be open to everyone registered to vote in the Neighbourhood Plan area. If we achieve a majority of 51% or more, the Plan will be ‘made’ and will form part of the Local Plan, and will carry weight in determining planning policies.

    Delivery Plan Timeline

    How do I view the plan?

    We will be uploading the Plan and supporting documents in the next week, so please do check back.

    The documents that you will be able to view are:

    Get in touch

    If you would like more information or have any questions about the Neighbourhood Plan, please email: or write to Parish Clerk Salmons, Salmons Lane, Whyteleafe, Surrey CR3 0HB

    Previous News

    News Update 3rd March 2020

    The Examiner provided his Agenda and Questions for the Public Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan on 18th February. This made it clear his main concerns were to  understand the Housing Data quoted in the Plan and their implications for future forward planning in...

    News Update 17th February 2020

    We have been working hard during the last six weeks on providing the examiner with updated information on the local Green Spaces we have chosen  to preserve and also updating him on the Housing  consents that have been given in the in the Neighbourhood Plan area...

    January 2020 News

    The Steering Group has responded to the request of the Neighbourhood Plan ( NP) Examiner, Jeremy Edge, to complete pro formas on all the Local Green Spaces listed in the NP. At Regulation 16 consultation, TDC and a small number of Landowners had expressed concern at...

    December 2019 News

    On 6th December 2019 the steering group received a request from Tandridge District Council that the neighbourhood plan examiner required an update of figure 5.2 in the NP housing section (brown field sites), also that he would require a detailed pro forma to be...

    Consultation period has finished

    The Caterham, Chaldon & Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan consultation concluded on 2nd September 2019. Please take a look at the consultation portal website to view the submitted neighbourhood plan and the comments that were received.

    Steering Group achieve key milestone

    Consultant planning inspector confirms that the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documentation are "entirely fit for purpose" and added " it is consistent with national policy as contained in the NPPF July 2018. It takes account of the strategic policies contained in...

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