The Caterham Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan was passed by public referendum in May 2021 and adopted as part of Tandridge District Council’s Development Plan in July 2021. Given that the Tandridge Local Plan which sets Housing Targets for the District has been found unsound by the Local Plan Examiner ( although the District Council will still needs to receive a report about this) , the Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Group, which is a committee comprised of members of the four Parishes has taken the decision to review the Neighbourhood Plan now. While our Neighbourhood Plan does not set Housing Targets, its policies can act as a way of ensuring we get the Housing we want in terms of tenure, size and type, and character and design and that we preserve key green spaces and protect views.

To carry out this review we have received Technical Support and a Grant from Locality-which is an organisation through which the Government channels money to support Neighbourhood Plans.

The review of the Neighbourhood Plan is already underway and will achieve the following:

  • A Housing Needs Assessment which will show what kind of homes should be built given population changes-e.g., if more families move into the area, we will need more family homes as distinct from flats.
  • A complete overhaul of our current Design Guidelines. These are very important in identifying areas of character in the NP Area and giving advice as to what buildings are appropriate in such areas.
  • Refreshing existing policies and creating new ones where they are needed. When our plan was examined in 2020, the examiner removed several policies as he felt they would duplicate policies in the then emerging Tandridge Local Plan. As this is no longer likely to emerge the revised NP will include policies on-Biodiversity, Local movement and Flooding.

The process from now is that:

  • The Plan will be rewritten to include the above.
  • We will hold consultation events to inform residents about the changes.
  • We will adapt the revised plan in the light of what residents say.
  • We will then, in 2024, present the Plan to the Local Authority for a Final Consultation and Examination.
  • We would hope to have the revised plan approved at referendum in 2025.

In the meantime, the Implementation Group will continue to apply its existing policies to Planning Applications. We also comment on strategic matters which affect development in the NP Area such as the proposed extension to the AONB. Given the absence of a Tandridge Local Plan, these interventions are liable to increase. Now we are averaging one intervention per month.

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