We have gathered some facts and figures including estimates of future demand for development and assessments of the likely supply for new development
Identified supply - 2900 homes
3000 further homes required
Met through recycling existing commercial land and vacant office / industrial buildings. There may be a small surplus of commercial land that could be reallocated for other land uses.
Small surplus up to mid-plan period (2026), small demand beyond up to end of plan period (2033). Growing importance of online retail sales.
Our starting point is to look at whether additional housing can be accommodated on previously developed land. There are choices that need to be made about how and where such development could take place, and we want your views on the following options:
The options are not mutually exclusive. More than one might be appropriate
It is likely that housing demand will not be able to be met solely on previously developed land. We will investigate whether demand can be met outside of the District, but if that is not possible, then it will be necessary to consider the release of greenfield land.
There are a number of greenfield options we could explore to meet the demand for new housing in Mole Valley
Expand the largest built up areas through one or more planned extensions to build new homes, with extra infrastructure and local services where needed
New development would be located close to existing local services and public transport
There would be less impact on the countryside than other greenfield options
New traffic would access existing urban roads – some of which suffer from congestion
Need to protect areas of nature conservation, heritage and landscape value
Significantly increase the size of one or more villages, to build new homes, with extra infrastructure and local services where needed
Significant change in the scale and character of the settlement and its impact on the surrounding countryside. .
Expansion on a significant scale would support the cost of providing additional infrastructure and services.
The increased population could help to secure the future of local services, that can be difficult to sustain in smaller settlements.
It is important that the location of the expanded village is accessible by public transport.
Design a completely new town or village with new infrastructure and its own local services
An opportunity to create a well planned development, which makes a significant contribution to the District’s housing needs, including affordable housing.
There would be less impact on the character of existing towns and villages.
It would radically change the area of countryside in which it was located.
Pressure on existing local roads and services may be less than for other options.
A further option is to plan modest additional housing development in rural villages which could help to support vibrant and successful rural communities and local services
If you have any more ideas or want to expand on the options listed above, let us know by completing the Survey here.
For a more detailed explanation see our briefing Issues and Options: Setting a Strategic Direction for Development