The county of Surrey could see the adoption of two more Local Plans imminently in the form of Runnymede and Woking Borough Councils, however Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley are all at early stages of the process and therefore it could be some time before a Local Plan is adopted. Spelthorne Borough Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council and Waverley Borough Council are each progressing well and will be undertaking Regulation 19 consultations on their pre-submission Local Plans from May this year.
Top things you need to know:
1. Reigate and Banstead Development Management Plan adopted.
2. Epsom and Ewell to consult on final Issues and Options in May.
3. Pre-submission consultation on Waverley Borough Local Plan Part 2 expected in May.
Elmbridge Borough Council
The Council is currently consulting on the vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies as part of the preparation of the new Local Plan. This is the third in a series of Regulation 18 consultations. The Council anticipates undertaking its Regulation 19 consultation in September/October later this year and submitting to the Secretary of State in December followed by adoption in autumn 2021.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
The final Issues and Options consultation is expected to take place in May to June this year. A pre-submission consultation will then take place in June to August 2021 followed by submission in October 2021 and anticipated adoption in December 2022.
Guildford Borough Council
The new Local Plan was adopted on 25 April 2019. The Local Plan covers the period from 2015 to 2034.
Mole Valley District Council
The Council is currently consulting on a second round of Regulation 18 consultation which ends on 23rd March. A pre-submission consultation is expected this autumn followed by a submission to the Secretary of State later this year. The Council anticipates adoption in late 2021.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
The Development Plan consists of the Core Strategy and the Development Management Plan. The Core Strategy was adopted in July 2014 and underwent a review in 2019. The Council concluded that there is no need to modify or update any policies of the Core Strategy and that it continues to be a robust, up to date and appropriate strategic policy framework for managing development in the borough. The Development Management Plan was adopted by the Council in September 2019.
Runnymede Borough Council
The Runnymede 2030 Local Plan was found sound by the Inspector at the Examination in Public, subject to main modifications. A main modifications consutlation was undertaken in January 2020 and responses are now being considered. The Inspectors report is expected in due course.
Spelthorne Borough Council
The Council consulted on its Preferred Options between November 2019 and January 2020. The pre-submission consultation is anticipated in May or June this year and submission in August. The proposed date for adoption set out in the Council’s Local Development Scheme is July 2021.
Surrey Heath Borough Council
The Issues and Options/Preferred Options draft of the Local Plan was consulted on in June-July 2018, with the next proposed for late 2020. The Council is in the process of updating its Local Development Scheme.
Tandridge District Council
The Tandridge Local Plan has recently been examined by the Planning Inspector and the Final Report is expected in due course.
Waverley Borough Council
The Waverley Borough Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites (DPD) was adopted by the Council in February 2018. The pre-submission consultation on the Waverley Borough Local Plan Part 2: Development Policies Document is expected in May to mid-June this year with a submission of the Local Plan in August/September. The Council anticipates its adoption in May/June 2021.
Woking Borough Council
The Woking 2027 Local Plan is made up of several documents including the Woking Core Strategy (2012) and the Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (2016). The Council has also prepared the Site Allocations Development Plan Document which has undergone examination by the Inspector and the Council will now undertake a main modifications consultation.
With the exception of Ashford Borough Council, the county of Kent still awaits the adoption of Local Plans for all other borough and district councils. Gravesham Borough Council, Medway Council, Swale District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will soon be going out for public consultation on their pre-submission Local Plans whilst many other boroughs are still early on in the Local Plan process.
Things you need to know::
1. Dover Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation expected in June.
2. Inspector recommends withdrawal of Sevenoaks Local Plan.
3, Swale to continue Local Plan process with revised Local Development Scheme anticipated in due course.
Ashford Borough Council
The Ashford Local Plan was adopted in February 2019 and covers the period between 2011 and 2030.
Canterbury City Council
Work and consultations on the Local Plan Issues and Options is expected between October 2019 and March 2021. Submission to the Secretary of State is expected in late 2021/early 2022 and adoption is anticipated in July 2022.
Dartford Borough Council
The Preferred Options consultation on the new Local Plan was undertaken from January - February 2020. Submission to the Secretary of State is anticipated in autumn 2020 with adoption expected in late 2020 at the very earliest.
Dover District Council
The Council anticipates consulting on the Issues and Options document between June to July this year, followed by a consultation on the proposed submission version of the Local Plan between May to June 2021. The Local Development Scheme suggests adoption of the Local Plan in April 2022.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council
The Council concluded consultation on its main modifications to the Local Plan in February this year. The Inspector is currently finalising their report, after which the Council will look to formally adopt the plan.
Gravesham Borough Council
The Council is preparing a new Local Plan which will comprise of two documents: the adopted Local Plan Core Strategy and Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Document. The Council undertook its Issues and Options consultation in April to July 2018. The Local Development Scheme outlined that the Preferred Options consultation would take place in January 2020 however this has been delayed and no revised timings have yet been published.
Maidstone Borough Council
The Council consulted on its Scoping Themes, Issues and Initial Choices from July to September 2019. The Preferred Approaches consultation is expected in either autumn/winter 2020. A revised Local Development Scheme is expected in later this month.
The Preferred Options consultation took place from January to April 2017 and a Development Strategy Technical Report was the subject of consultation from March to June 2018. Further public consultation is expected in Summer 2020.
Sevenoaks District Council
Following the Examination in Public, the Inspector published their report this month, concluding that the Local Plan should not be found sound and should be withdrawn. The Council have recently announced that they’ve submitted a Judicial Review against the government in light of this.
Swale District Council
The Council consulted on its ‘Looking ahead’ document from April to June 2018. A revised Local Development Scheme is expected to be published in due course which will detail the ongoing timetable.
Thanet District Council
The Council concluded consultation on its Main Modifications to the Local Plan from December to January 2020. The Council is now waiting for the Inspector’s Report. If favourable, the Local Plan will then be adopted.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
The new Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State in January 2019. The Examination in Public was expected to begin on 19 May 2020 however in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, will be delayed.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
The Council consulted on the draft Local Plan from September to November 2019. The pre-submission document is expected to undergo public consultation from August to October this year. Submission to the Secretary of State is expected in December 2021.
All of the seven borough and district councils within West Sussex have either adopted Local Plans, or are at the latter stages of plan making, with the Regulation 19 public consultations set to begin from June this year.
Things you need to know:
1. Regulation 19 Consultation expected for Chichester Local Plan this summer.
2. Horsham District Council to consult on Pre-Submission Plan in September.
3. Mid-Sussex Site Allocations Document Consultation expected in May-June.
Adur and Worthing Councils
Adur Local Plan
The Adur Local Plan was adopted in December 2017. The plan period covers up to 2032.
Worthing Local Plan
The Preferred Options consultation on the Local Plan took place between October and December 2018. A Pre-Submission consultation is expected in Summer 2020 followed by submission in Autumn 2020.
Arun District Council
The Arun Local Plan was adopted in July 2018. The plan period covers 2011 to 2031.
Chichester District Council
The Preferred Approach version of the Chichester Local Plan Review was published for consultation from December 2018 to February 2019. The Pre-Submission consultation is expected in Spring/Summer 2020, with a submission to the Secretary of State in Autumn 2020.
Crawley Borough Council
The proposed submission consultation took place between January and March this year, with a submission to the Secretary of Statement expected imminently. The Local Development Scheme proposed examination hearings for July 2020, however in light of the Corona pandemic this is likely to slip.
Horsham District Council
The Preferred Strategy is currently the subject of consultation until 30March 2020. The Pre-Submission consultation is expected to take place between September and October 2020 with a submission to the Secretary of State in January 2021.
Mid-Sussex District Council
The Mid-Sussex District Plan 2014-2031 was adopted in March 2018. The Council is now preparing a Site Allocations Document and the draft version of this document will be consulted upon between May and June 2020. It is anticipated that the Site Allocations Document will be submitted to the Secretary of State in Summer 2020 and adopted in Summer 2021.
The last 12 months have seen the adoption of the Rother Site Allocations Local Plan and the Lewes Local Plan Part 2 however the county is still to see the initial Regulation 18 consultation from Hastings Borough Council. The second round of consultation, under Regulation 19, for Eastbourne District Council and Brighton and Hove City Council, is anticipated later this year.
Things you need to know:
1. Wealden District Council withdraws Local Plan.
2. Hastings Draft Local Plan expected to be consulted upon in Summer 2020.
3. Pre-Submission Consultation of City Plan Part 2 by Brighton and Hove Council due in Autumn 2020.
Wealden District Council
Wealden District Council formally withdrew its draft Local Plan in January 2019 following receipt of the Inspector’s letter setting out the conclusions from the hearing sessions relating to the examination process. The Council will now be undertaking further work on a new Local Plan.
Eastbourne District Council
The Issues and Options consultation for the new Local Plan took place between November 2019 and January 2020. The pre-submission Local Plan consultation is expected between November and December 2020, followed by submission to the Secretary of State in February 2021. Adoption is anticipated in November 2021.
Rother District Council
The Core Strategy was adopted in September 2014 and sets the overall vision and objectives for development in the district up to 2028. The Development and Sites Allocations Local Plan was adopted in December 2019 and forms part of the statutory development plan for the district.
Hastings Borough Council
The Council are currently evidence gathering to support the new plan, which will continue during 2020. The new Local Plan will replace the Hastings Planning Strategy (2014), and the Hastings Development Management Plan (2015), with it also expected to replace the draft Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan. The Regulation 18 consultation is expected in summer 2020, followed by a pre-submission consultation in winter 2020. It is expected the Examination in Public will take place in spring/summer 2021.
Lewes District Council
The Lewes Core Strategy: Local Plan Part 1 was adopted in May 2016 by Lewes District Council and by the South Downs National Park Authority in June 2016. The Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocation and Development Management Policies document was adopted in February 2020. Both of these documents form part of the development plan for the part of Lewes district outside of the South Downs National Park.
The South Downs National Park Authority adopted their park-wide Local Plan in July 2019. It covers the plan period from 2014 to 2033.
Brighton and Hove City Council
The City Plan Part 1 was adopted in March 2016 and sets out how the Council will respond to local priorities, identify the broad locations and the scale, type of development and supporting infrastructure that will take place in the city. The draft City Plan Part 2 which contains site allocations and remaining development management policies, was consulted on from July to September 2018. The pre-submission consultation is set to take place in autumn 2020, with examination in spring 2021 and an anticipated adoption in winter 2021.