Appendix 2 - Core Strategy Policies

As set out in this consultation document, we will be preparing a whole new Local Plan to replace the Core Strategy. However, we will be seeking to retain many of the policies in the Core Strategy that are in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and which continue to meet our objectives for development locally.

Set out below is the list of policies contained within the Core Strategy and how we intend to approach each one as part of the preparation of a new Local Plan. As can be seen some, such as the Spatial Strategy will be entirely replaced however, others only require amending and the general approach of the policy will be retained. It should be noted that the numbering of all policies will change and that the title will also be amended where appropriate.

Document

Status

Why

CS1

Spatial Strategy

Replace

The existing spatial strategy is not sufficiently flexible to allow the Council to increase the delivery of new homes and other forms of development to meet its development needs. A new spatial strategy will be pivotal to the Local Plan showing how the Council intends to plan for sustainable development.

CS2

Housing provision, location and distribution

Replace

A new target for the number of homes to be provided within the Borough up to 2035 will be set out in the Local Plan. This will balance objectively assessed housing need alongside those designations and policies that limit development opportunities.

CS3

Walton on Thames

Amend & Retain

We are minded to continue with the concept of individual settlement area policies within the new Local Plan. Setting out a vision for each settlement areas, these policies will be locally distinctive identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the areas. The accompanying maps will be updated to identify the broad location of any new development opportunities identified and any improvement schemes that are set to take place.

Following the ward boundary review that was implemented at the local elections on 5 May 2016, the boundaries of each settlement area will be redrawn as appropriate.

CS4

Weybridge

CS5

Hersham

CS6

Whiteley Village

CS7

East and West Molesey

CS8

Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood & Weston Green

CS9

Esher

CS10

Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D'Abernon & Downside

CS11

Claygate

CS12

The River Thames Corridor and its Tributaries

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan.

CS13

Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the most up to date standards and mitigation measures. Consideration may also need to be given to the identification of additional Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace (SANG) to mitigate higher levels of housing growth.

CS14

Green Infrastructure

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. References to previous national policies and guidance will also be removed. The inclusion of Local Green Spaces as part of the Green Infrastructure network will also be required should these be allocated.

CS15

Biodiversity

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. References to previous national policies and guidance will also be removed.

CS16

Social and Community Infrastructure

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. References to previous evidence base studies such as the Education Provision Assessment will be replaced with the most up to date evidence base. In addition, should certain forms of infrastructure be required to support the delivery of the spatial strategy e.g. new schools, these will be identified.

CS17

Local Character, Density and Design

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. Changes to the sub-section on Development Density may be required to reflect the drive to use land within the urban areas, particularly in the town centres and at train stations, more efficiently providing this does not impact on local character. The potential development of the three key strategic areas also raises questions regarding density that will need to be reflected in the new Local Plan.

CS18

Town Centre uses

Replace

The latest evidence base documents including the Retail Assessment, Settlement Assessments and Land Availability Assessment will be used to set out the level of new development being planned for including, the identification of any key sites. Should any changes to town centre boundaries and primary and secondary frontages be proposed, these will also need to be reflected. Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. Changes to national guidance and the permitted development order may also need to be reflected.

CS19

Housing type and size

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. The most up to date evidence contained within the Strategic Housing Market Assessment in terms of the type, size and tenure of new homes required within the Borough will also need to be reflected.

CS20

Older People

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. The most up to date evidence contained within the Strategic Housing Market Assessment in terms of the type, size and tenure of new homes required within the Borough will also need to be reflected.

CS21

Affordable Housing

Replace

Our priority of providing more affordable homes remains however, since adopted there have been a number of changes to the planning framework that need to be reflected in a new policy. Our intended approach to requiring affordable housing on varying sizes and sites and at certain percentages will be set out. The thresholds and percentages will be set taking account of the level of need identified in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment; an up to date assessment of viability; the latest Government policies and guidance; and the consideration of local circumstances.

CS22

Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

Replace

The policy will need to be replaced and the new policy identify the number of pitches and plots required to meet the needs of Gypsies and Travellers as identified in the Traveller Accommodation Assessment. The policy will also need to be amended to ensure that changes to national planning policy are reflected including the criteria based policy for allocating sites and dealing with ad hoc planning applications. Consideration will also need to be given as to how we will seek to meet the accommodation needs of 'non-travelling' Gypsies and Travellers. References to the proposed Site Allocations Plan will also need to be removed.

CS23

Employment land provision

Replace

The latest evidence from our Commercial Property Market Study, Employment Land Review & Functional Economic Area Study will need to be reflected in a new policy that sets out the level of new commercial development to be accommodated in the Borough up 2035 and how this will be achieved. The allocation of employment sites for redevelopment; the designation / changes of key areas of commercial property such as strategic employment land; and the possible implementation of article 4 directions will need to be reflected. Amendments will also be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies and the proposed Site Allocations Plan. Changes to national guidance and the permitted development order may also need to be reflected.

CS24

Hotels and Tourism

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to previous national policy. The latest evidence base studies will be reflected alongside any current strategies for boosting hotel provision and tourist provision. Should certain sites be identified to provide hotel accommodation these will be identified.

CS25

Travel and Accessibility

Amend & Retain

Amendments will be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to previous national policy. The latest evidence base studies will be reflected alongside any current strategies for supporting more sustainable forms of travel. Consideration will also be given to policy on parking spaces given changes in national policy. Should certain large scale road improvements be identified that are required to deliver the spatial strategy, these will be set out.

CS26

Flooding

Replace

Our priority of reducing the overall and local risk of flooding in the Borough remains however, the policy will need to be replaced to reflect our most up to date evidence as set out in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2015. This includes the widening of the policy to take account of all potential sources of flooding and the cumulative impacts of small scale / minor development. The policy may also need to be amended to take account of the change in advice now received from the Environment Agency on varying scales and the type of development. Amendments will also be made to bring the policy up to date e.g. reflecting the adoption of the Development Management Plan and replacing references to Core Strategy Policies, the proposed Site Allocations Plan, and previous Government policy and guidance.

CS27

Sustainable Buildings

Replace

Since adopted the Government has moved away from the Code for Sustainable Homes and a large amount of controls to reduce carbon emissions and make new development more energy efficient is covered by building regulations. The policy will therefore need to be replaced to reflect the most up to date national requirements for example, the range of Technical Standards for Housing. Consideration will also need to be given to the Housing Optional Standards which can be required, with evidence, through Local Plan policies.

CS28

Implementation and Delivery

Replace

This policy will be replaced. In a new policy will be our approach to implementing and delivery the new spatial strategy and replaced / amended policies within our new Local Plan. The on-going implementation of our Local Plan and working with neighbouring authorities and other bodies as part of the duty to cooperate will be reflected as well as potential changes to our Charging Schedule and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that may be required to deliver the infrastructure that is essential to support our planned growth.

CS29

Monitoring

Replace

Our Local Plan will have a number of new targets and policies that we must monitor and report on as part of the annual Authorities' Monitoring Report. This policy and section will be updated to reflect national and local indicators, and any contingencies in place should we not be delivering against them.