Draft Settlement Investment and Development (ID) Plans-Esher

Promoting the right development in the right places

1.29 Through ID Plans, the Council is encouraging the most effective use of land through promoting development on allocated sites and improvements  to open spaces. Uses vary but include;

  • Housing
  • New Gypsy and Traveller pitches.
  • Mixed use sites in town centres
  • Community, social and education provision
  • Major open space improvements to provide alternative visitor destinations for people who would otherwise visit the Thames Basin Heaths, an area protected for its high ecological value.

1.30 Local character, design and density are key factors that need to be taken into account when considering the acceptability of any new development, regardless of its use.  The Council already has policies in place that aim to make the most effective use of land whilst delivering high quality design that takes account of the different roles and character of different areas across the Borough[1] .

1. Policy CS17 - Local Character, Density and Design. Elmbridge Core Strategy, July 2011. Design and Character Supplementary Planning Document. Elmbridge Local Plan, April 2012. Core planning principles, paragraph 17, National Planning Policy Framework, March 2012 [back]