Consultation document

How the Local Plan will work?

The new Local Plan will include various parts that will need to be read as a whole.

This starts with a vision and objectives setting out what the Local Plan is aiming to achieve. This is informed by national planning policy, the Council's objectives, residents' and stakeholder views as well as the challenges and opportunities for the borough which make up the spatial context for the Local Plan.

To deliver the vision and objectives, there will be a suite of policies, land allocations and designations. These are divided into high-level policies called strategic policies which set the strategy for the Local Plan and provide the high-level principles that will guide future development. Then there are the detailed policies known as the Development Management policies. These provide the detailed design and technical criteria and standards to which, proposed development will be assessed against.

The Local Plan sits alongside the National Planning Policy Framework and other Local Plan documents. This includes the saved Special Protection Area policy of the South East Plan, Surrey Waste Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents which set out further guidance on the policies contained within the Local Plan or will take the form of masterplans for key development site allocations.

Together, they will set out the framework for how new homes, jobs and infrastructure will be delivered in Elmbridge over the next 15 years.


 Diagram showing the Local Plan vision and objectives which sits alongside the National Planning Policy Framework and feeds into policy documents.


Diagram 4: The Local Plan structure