Draft Surrey Heath Local Plan 2019-2038

Surrey Heath Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan. Once adopted, the Surrey Heath Local Plan would play an important role in shaping Surrey Heath borough's future - how our town and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, and supporting more sustainable forms of travel.

What is a Local Plan?

The Surrey Heath Local Plan will set out a vision for how Surrey Heath will develop as a place up to 2038. It looks at our future needs for development and provides guidance as to where it will go and what it will look like. Our Borough Councillors and our planning officers will use it to help them decide whether to approve or refuse planning applications in our Borough.

Consultation: How to have your say

Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan: Preferred Options (2019-2038)

The Council consulted on a Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan: Preferred Options version of the local plan for an eight-week period, from 12:00 noon on Monday 14 March to Monday 9 May 2022. The consultation has now closed.  However, you can find out more information about the consultation and the questions asked on our consultation portal.  Consultation documents can also be viewed from the links below.

Draft Surrey Heath Local Plan Additional Site Allocations for Gypsy and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople (2019-2038) Regulation 18:

The Council is now consulting on additional site allocation options for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation. The consultation will run from Monday 8th August 12:00 noon to Monday 19th September 2022. You can find out more information about the consultation, and how to submit your comments to us, on our consultation portal.

Consultation Events

Our planning team will be hosting a series of consultation activities during the consultation period to engage residents as widely as possible. 

Overview of the Consultation and Proposed Site Allocations

A video presentation is available via the SHBC YouTube channel, where Planning Officers provide an overview of the additional Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople site allocation options.

Drop-In Exhibitions 

Planning Officers will be available to answer your questions about the local plan and the proposed site allocations:

Drop-In Event: Lightwater

When: Tuesday 6th September, 14:00 – 19:00.
Where: Lightwater Leisure Centre, GU18 5RG.

Drop-In Event: Chobham

When: Wednesday 7th September, 14:00 – 19:00.
Where: Chobham Parish Pavilion, Chobham, GU24 8EQ.

Drop-In Event: Windlesham

When: Wednesday 14th September, 13:00 – 15:00.
Where: Windlesham Club and Theatre, GU20 6AA.

Virtual Meeting Slots

If you are unable to attend an event in person, you can book a 10-minute virtual meeting with our planning team to discuss any questions you may have on the consultation. 

If you would like to book a virtual meeting, please email your question(s) to: planning.consultation@surreyheath.gov.uk, and we will arrange a virtual meeting in one of our afternoon consultation timeslots.

Next Steps

Following the close of the consultation, we will analyse the comments that have been submitted. The comments will help to inform the preparation the next version of the plan for consultation, which will be the Regulation 19: Proposed Submission Local Plan. 

Once we have reviewed the consultation responses, we will publish a Consultation Statement that provides a summary of the main issues that have been raised alongside our response to these.

For further detail regarding the next steps, please refer to the Local Development Scheme below. 

Timetable for the Plan-Making Process

The preparation of a Local Plan is a long process that goes through a number of key stages. Our Local Development Scheme (‘LDS’) sets out the anticipated timetable for the preparation of the local plan through to its adoption. View the timetable.

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