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.
Following the analysis of consultation responses, a report was presented to the Mole Valley Executive on 28 November 2017, where members agreed the following preferred strategic development options to guide the preparation of Future Mole Valley;
Further details on each option is available below.
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MVDC will now undertake a detailed assessment of the agreed preferred strategic options to identify potential sites to accommodate new development, and the infrastructure required to support the preferred development options.
This has included a Greenfield Call for sites between 11 December 2017 - 5 February 2018 which invited landowners and other interested parties to tell MVDC about land and sites which may become available for development over the next 15 years, and may help to deliver the preferred development options outlined above. More information can be viewed here.
The Local Development Scheme (2017-2019) for Future Mole Valley sets out the programme for preparing Future Mole Valley and is available to view here.
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.
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. We asked for your opinions on the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.