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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.

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 DO WE START?

Brownfield Options

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

   

TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT - Building more intensively with taller buildings and more compact homes in town centres
REALLOCATE COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL LAND - Redevelopment of a proportion of existing employment sites which are currently protected
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

 

 

RURAL EMPLOYMENT SITES - Redeveloping sites operating within the rural economy such as equestrian sites, workshops and other rural businesses to provide homes
INCREASE SUBURBAN DENSITIES - Increasing the number of homes built on sites that come forward within suburban areas
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

 

 

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



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?

Tell us what you prefer - you can choose more than one option...

 

 

MODEST EXPANSION OF EXISTING VILLAGES

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

 

Do you think this is a good idea?

GOT ANYTHING MORE TO ADD?

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