Draft Settlement Investment and Development (ID) Plans-Esher

1 Introduction

The Planning Strategy for Elmbridge

1.1 The Elmbridge Core Strategy, adopted in July 2011, sets the overarching strategy for the Borough. It adopts a local approach to the promotion of sustainable growth, directing the right sort of development to the right places, whilst protecting the environment and providing community infrastructure.

1.2 In considering the soundness of this planning strategy, the independent planning inspector wrote;

“In terms of housing, employment and other development, the plan provides for growth, reflecting the Government’s agenda, and generally it strikes the right balance between needs and demands”.

‘In its approach to the Green Belt the plan is also consistent with the Government’s Planning for growth agenda. This makes clear that wherever possible the answer to proposals should be yes, while ensuring the key sustainable development principles set out in national policy would not be compromised’

1.3 Since the adoption of the Core Strategy, the Government has published a new planning framework. The Council considers that its Core Strategy is compatible with this planning framework.[1]

1.4 However, the Core Strategy forms only part of the Elmbridge Local Plan and a commitment has been made to prepare further documents to direct and shape future growth. The diagram overleaf illustrates the family of documents that will make up the Council’s Local Plan and how they relate to each other.

1. The compatibility checklist can be found at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning [back]