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MOLE VALLEY THIS IS YOUR FUTURE
 

WHAT IS FUTURE MOLE VALLEY?

  • Future Mole Valley is the name for our next Local Plan.
  • It will set out plans for development in the District over the fifteen years 2018 - 2033.
  • It will include targets for delivering new housing and identify locations for new development.
  • It will set out those areas which will continue to be protected.
  • Once agreed the Plan will form the basis on which planning applications will be decided in the District.

CURRENT PROGRESS

Between 1st July and 1st September 2017, Mole Valley District Council held a public consultation to ask for your views on the strategic options for Future Mole Valley. We hosted 16 events throughout the district and attended a further 11 meetings organised by Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums and Residents' Associations; a full list of these can be found here.

We received a significant number of responses which have now been analysed by the team. Please note, the poll results on this page have been adjusted to take into account any hard copy or email responses we have received. We have taken account of all comments in our summary of the consultation.

Our Consultation Summary is available to view here.

If you would like more information or want to be added to the Future Mole Valley mailing list, please contact the Planning Policy team at planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk.






WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES?

We have gathered some facts and figures including estimates of future demand for development and assessments of the likely supply for new development


Housing Demand - 5900 homes

Identified supply - 2900 homes

 

3000 further homes required




Commercial Demand

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.




Retail Demand

Small surplus up to mid-plan period (2026), small demand beyond up to end of plan period (2033). Growing importance of online retail sales.






WHERE DID WE START?

Brownfield Options
Our starting point was to look at whether additional housing can be accommodated on previously developed land. We asked for your views on the different ways in which this could be achieved, listed below.

Please note, the poll results below have been adjusted to take into account any hard copy or email responses we have received. We have considered all comments before drawing any conclusions on the options.

The options are not mutually exclusive. More than one might be appropriate.    

TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT - Building more intensively with taller buildings and more compact homes in town centres
  • No 51%, 644
    644 51%
    644 - 51% of all submissions
  • Yes 49%, 624
    624 49%
    624 - 49% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended
REALLOCATE COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL LAND - Redevelopment of a proportion of existing employment sites which are currently protected
  • Yes 71%, 870
    870 71%
    870 - 71% of all submissions
  • No 29%, 364
    364 29%
    364 - 29% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended
MIXED USE REDEVELOPMENT - Retaining existing uses and re-providing them in a more efficient manner to release land for residential use - e.g flats above car parking
  • Yes 89%, 1112
    1112 89%
    1112 - 89% of all submissions
  • No 11%, 138
    138 11%
    138 - 11% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended

 

 

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SITES - Redeveloping sites operating within the rural economy such as equestrian sites, workshops and other rural businesses to provide homes
  • No 60%, 746
    746 60%
    746 - 60% of all submissions
  • Yes 40%, 505
    505 40%
    505 - 40% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended
INCREASE SUBURBAN DENSITIES - Increasing the number of homes built on sites that come forward within suburban areas
  • Yes 53%, 659
    659 53%
    659 - 53% of all submissions
  • No 47%, 579
    579 47%
    579 - 47% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended
REALLOCATE RECREATION LAND AND OPEN SPACE - Building homes on some existing open spaces and re-providing the spaces on the edge of the built area
  • No 83%, 1059
    1059 83%
    1059 - 83% of all submissions
  • Yes 17%, 214
    214 17%
    214 - 17% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended

 

 

WHAT IF DEMAND CANNOT BE MET ON BROWNFIELD LAND?

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.



 

 

GREENFIELD OPTIONS

There are a number of greenfield options we could explore to meet the demand for new housing in Mole Valley. We asked for your opinions on the following:



OPTION 1

Urban extensions

Expand the largest built up areas through one or more planned extensions to build new homes, with extra infrastructure and local services where needed

 

Issues

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

OPTION 2

Expand an existing rural village

Significantly increase the size of one or more villages, to build new homes, with extra infrastructure and local services where needed

 

Issues

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.

OPTION 3

Create a new standalone settlement

Design a completely new town or village with new infrastructure and its own local services

 

 

Issues

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.





WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Please note, the poll results on this page have been adjusted to take into account any hard copy or email responses we have received. We have considered all comments before drawing any conclusions on the options.

Which option(s) do you prefer?
  • Develop an urban extension? 41%, 698
    698 41%
    698 - 41% of all submissions
  • Create a new settlement? 30%, 521
    521 30%
    521 - 30% of all submissions
  • Expand an existing rural village? 29%, 500
    500 29%
    500 - 29% of all submissions
Total submissions
People
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended

 

 

MODEST EXPANSION OF EXISTING VILLAGES

A further option that we asked for your views on is to plan modest additional housing development in rural villages which could help to support vibrant and successful rural communities and local services.

Please note, the poll results below have been adjusted to take into account any hard copy or email responses we have received. We have considered all comments before drawing any conclusions on the options.

 

Do you think this is a good idea?
  • Yes 70%, 870
    870 70%
    870 - 70% of all submissions
  • No 30%, 377
    377 30%
    377 - 30% of all submissions
Total submissions
July 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017
Submissions have ended

FURTHER INFORMATION

For a more detailed explanation of what we consulted on, see our briefing Issues and Options: Setting a Strategic Direction for Development.

To see our evidence documents, please take a look at More Detail.