Local Plan timeline
September: Council publishes Strategic Housing Market Assessment identifying an objectively assessed housing need (OAHN).
September: Issues & Options public consultation begins to consider different approaches to delivering the borough’s housing and employment needs.
January: Issues and Options public consultation concludes and the council publishes residents' comments. Click here to view the Issues and Options public consultation on the Epsom and Ewell website.
The responses were broadly supportive of a balanced approach to accommodating future growth through intensification and modest use of land currently located in the Green Belt.
June: The council undertakes additional work in response to central government guidance, in order to demonstrate that all possible growth options; particularly in relation to development land supply; had been explored and commissions the Epsom & Ewell Masterplan.
September: Draft Epsom & Ewell Masterplan published.
November: The council’s Licensing and Planning Policy Committee agree six key principles, to form the backbone of the council’s new Local Plan.
Where are we now:
In March 2021 the council adopted a new Local Plan timetable setting out how the Local Plan will progress over the next two years.
The current Local Plan Programme has been updated following various Government announcements on changes to planning, including significant planning reform, and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next steps in the Local Plan process
November 2021 to January 2022
Next round of public consultation (known as Regulation 18 consultation) on Local Plan expected to begin. The Council will assess the feedback from residents, businesses and local organisations
February 2022 to June 2022
Review and finalise Local Plan
Following the Regulation 18 consultation the council will review all the feedback received and finalise the Local Plan document ready for submission to national government.
July to September 2022
Consultation on proposed submission version of the Local Plan
Once the Local Plan is finalised there will be a further public consultation (known as a Regulation 19 consultation). The consultation will last for a minimum of 6 weeks. This consultation is focused on whether the Draft Local Plan meets the legal requirements set out by national planning policy.
Local Plan Examination
The council will submit the final Local Plan to the independent Planning Inspector who will set the date for the Examination.
The Inspector will take evidence and views from local people and organisations. The Inspector will make decisions on whether there needs to be further amendments made to the Local Plan and there may need to be further evidence gathering and public consultation to make those amendments.
Adoption of Local Plan
Once the Inspector is satisfied with the Local Plan, they will write to confirm this with the council and the Local Plan will then go to a meeting of Full Council to be formally adopted as council policy.