As many of you will know, the British Government has told the English boroughs to review their Green Belts with a view to opening land for development. If a borough refuses to do so then the British government has said it will take direct control.
This has left the Liberal Democrat led Elmbridge administration little option but to revise our own local plan. We wish to built a broad local approach and the Conservative opposition has been very much involved in every stage of the development.
Before we can agree a new local plan we have to pass though a number of stages and we need you to help in that process so we have published a strategic options consultation. The document asks many questions and raises a number of issues.
We want to consult as widely as possible and will use every available means to engage with the public. Part of this process is to have a number of consultations at various stages in the drafting of the plan. The first drop in sessions will be at:
7pm – 9pm, Monday, 23 January at the Playhouse, Walton
7pm – 9pm, Thursday, 26 January at the Civic Centre, Esher
10am – 2pm, Saturday, 4 February at the Civic Centre, Esher
The events will consist of exhibition boards where the headlines of the consultation document will be displayed. The evidence base documents supporting the consultation will also be available to review and representatives from Elmbridge’s planning policy team will be on-hand to answer any of your questions.
Your can attend any of the events. The exhibition will be borough-wide, that is not specific to any particular town.
This process is subject to the agreement to the borough’s council on Wednesday, 7 December