Document library


This page provides useful facts and information to help with the development of planning policy. The following documents form part of the evidence base to support the policies in our current and emerging Local Plan documents.

All documents will be available once the consultation has started. Evidence documents that are currently available can be downloaded below.

Topic Areas


Key Local Plan Assessment Documents

Green Belt

Draft Masterplan

Housing

Employment

Infrastructure

Transport

Retail

Biodiversity

Green Infrastructure

Flood Risk

Heritage and Character

Corporate Documents that inform the Local Plan

Other organisations


 

Local Plan Regulation 18 consultation – Evidence Base documents


Key Local Plan Assessment Documents

1. Sustainability Appraisal (2020)
Appraisal of the Regulation 18 draft strategy and policies
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

2. Sustainability Appraisal (2017)
Appraisal of the September 2017 consultation options
  1. Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (2017)

3. Habitats Regulation Assessment (2020)
Assessment of the potential impact on protected European conservation sites from the Regulation 18 draft strategy and policies
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

Green Belt

4. Green Belt Study: Stage 1 (2017)
Stage 1 of the study assesses the performance of the borough’s Green Belt against the five purposes as set out in National Planning Policy.

5. Green Belt Study: Stage 2 (2018)
Stage 2 assesses promoted or lower performing Green Belt parcels, considers constraints and identifies parcels, which are potentially suitable for release from the Green Belt.

6. Green Belt Study: Stage 2 addendum (2019)
Addendum to the Green Belt Study: Stage 2

Draft Masterplan

7. Draft Masterplan (2019)
A draft masterplan, which provides guidance on the potential ways in which the borough could transform over the Local Plan period to increase housing delivery.
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

Housing

8. Strategic Viability Assessment (2020)
This technical study front loads the financial appraisal/ viability testing of new development, at the Local Plan stage (rather than at the submission of planning applications). This study is being prepared in accordance with national practice guidance. It tests the impact of our new emerging Local Plan policies upon the possible developments that will deliver future growth. It seeks to demonstrate that our policies, infrastructure requirements and Community Infrastructure Levy do not render development unviable. Critically the study will demonstrate the scale of affordable housing provision we will be able to seek from new development.
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

9. Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update (2019)
Document identifies the breakdown of the housing need by age group, type of household, size of household, tenure and any special requirements (such as those of disabled people).

10. Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (2016)
Document which identifies the full Objectively Assessed Need for market and affordable housing across the Housing Market Area. This assessment was conducted prior to the introduction of the Government’s ‘standard method’ to identify housing need. It forms the detailed bases for further local evidence on objectively assessed housing need – and for that reason remains relevant to the current Local Plan process.

11. Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) (2017)
Document which identifies sites that have the potential to come forward for housing development in the future. The capacity of the sites is considered and when they could potentially be developed. The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment consists of three documents, these are:
  1. Methodology
  2. Findings Report
  3. Maps of SHLAA Opportunity Sites

12. Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) (2009)
The first SHLAA produced by the council. It forms the detailed bases for further local evidence on potential sources of housing land supply – and for that reason remains relevant to the current Local Plan process.

13. Urban Housing Capacity Study (2018)
Appraisal of the potential capacity of the borough’s urban area to meet housing need.

14. The Longmead and Nonsuch Industrial Estates Capacity Study (2018)
Appraisal of the potential of the existing Longmead and Nonsuch Industrial areas for delivering future housing growth.

15. Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2017) and Site Availability Assessment (2017)
Studies to assess the accommodation needs of our Gypsy & Traveller communities and an overview of the potential sources of traveller accommodation, the constraints to supply and site options.

  1. Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2017)
  2. Traveller Site Availability Assessment (2017)

Employment

16. Spatial Economic Development Strategy (2020)
Study to provide guidance on the provision of employment land necessary to meet the economic growth opportunities and options faced by the borough.

17. Scoping Report on the Racecourse & Equestrian Sector (2019)
Report investigating the wider equestrian sector within the Borough.

18. East Street Offices Demand Study (2013)
Study of Epsom Town Centre, in particular East Street, to assess its future potential as an office (B1) and non B Class employment location.

19. Article 4 Direction Study: Epsom Town Centre Office to Residential (2015)
Technical evidence prepared in support of the Article 4 Directions removing the permitted development right to change offices to residential accommodation at specific locations across Epsom Town Centre and along East Street. This technical evidence base document was submitted to the Secretary of State, forming a key part of the justification for this action. It provides detailed technical information on the composition, scale, nature and importance of office stock and employment floorspace located in Epsom Town Centre and along East Street – areas that will be included within the proposed Enterprise Zone.

Infrastructure

20. Infrastructure Delivery Plan (2018)
Assessment of the infrastructure which will be needed to support the borough’s future population and the anticipated level of growth identified in the local Plan.

Transport

21. Strategic Highways Assessment (2018)
A technical assessment of the capacity of the borough’s highway network to meet demand from future growth.
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

Retail

22. Retail and Commercial Leisure Needs Assessment (2020)
Technical study that assesses future retail need; providing recommendations on future strategy for retail growth and potential policy interventions.

Biodiversity

23. Local Biodiversity Action Plan
Will be published prior to launch of consultation

Green Infrastructure

24. Green Infrastructure Study (2013)
Technical assessment of the borough’s green infrastructure networks that provides an input into our emerging Local Plan green infrastructure strategy.

Flood Risk

25. Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (2018)
The latest technical assessment of fluvial flood risk. This also includes the assessment of pluvial flood risk – i.e. risk from surface water sources. This is distinctive to Epsom and Ewell, which doesn’t have any significant watercourses but does have underlying geology that raises the potential risk of surface water generated flooding.

Heritage and Character

26. Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans
Technical evidence documents that assess the qualities of these heritage assets.

27. Environment Character Study (2008)
Technical assessments of the remaining urban/ built-up areas that are not designated as Conservation Areas.

Corporate Documents that inform the Local Plan

28. Future 40
Future40 is the consultation initiated by the Borough Council to develop a new long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. The council received thousands of responses and spoke to hundreds of local people to help us capture what makes Epsom and Ewell a great place to live, work and study and most importantly, how we continue to be a creative and vibrant place for future generations to enjoy.

29. Climate Change Action Plans
The Council has developed this initial action plan in response to the climate change commitment agreed at full council in 2019.

Other organisations

30. Neighbouring authorities Local Plans
Links to our neighbouring authorities’ Local Plans.
  1. London Borough of Sutton (adopted plan 2018)
  2. Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames (emerging plan)
  3. Mole Valley (emerging plan)
  4. Reigate and Banstead (adopted plan revised 2019)

31. The London Plan
The strategic plan for London, setting out an economic, environmental, transport and social framework for development.

32. Coast to Capital LEP
The Local Enterprise Partnership which covers the borough. The LEP plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and job creation, improve infrastructure and raise workforce skills within the local area.

33. Crossrail 2
Crossrail 2 is a new rail route running north to south through London.

34. Surrey waste and Minerals Plans
Surrey County Council is the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority for the Borough. They ensure that we plan to meet Surrey’s needs for mineral resources and sustainable waste management.

 

Link to documents available on external websites or on www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk