What is the Neighbourhood Plan?
The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) sits alongside the Tandridge Local Plan – a statutory plan that covers the whole of Tandridge and defines its planning policies. The Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan further defines the planning policies for the CR3 area. It has been produced by a community group, the CR3 Forum constituted by the Parish Councils of Caterham Valley, Caterham on the Hill, Whyteleafe and Chaldon along with Caterham Business Partnership and Caterham Community Partnership Ltd. Work preparing the NP has been done with input from people who live and work in the area.
Why is it important?
The Neighbourhood Plan is community generated and locally led and it’s important because it’s the document against which future planning decisions for our area will be measured. The policies in the plan will be used by the Local Planning Authority, TDC, when making planning decisions. It’s vital that the views and opinions of the people who work and live in the area – and who know it best – are represented when it comes to planning and development and this neighbourhood plan is our vehicle for making that happen.
The story so far…
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan was put out to public consultation last year (April 2017 edition) and we got some really useful comments around housing, transport, leisure & community and protection of the green belt from people who live and work in the area. We also consulted with Tandridge District Council and took advice from independent experts with experience of delivering successful Neighbourhood Plans. We’ve now incorporated the feedback we received and are beginning the final stage, where the Submission Plan is put out for consultation by TDC.
We’d like to hear your views when TDC run this consultation.
How do I view the plan?
You can view a hardcopy of the draft plan at Caterham Valley and Caterham on the Hill libraries.
You can also view the plan online. It’s a sizeable document so we’ve broken it down sections to make it easier to download:
- The Full (Consolidated) NP report. This contains all of the data and analyses used to formulate the Policies in the Submission Plan. The report has been split into a separate .pdf documents for each of the sections:-
- Appendices NB. Some of these appendices are large documents which may take a long time to download. It may also cause issues on mobile equipment or older computers.Appendices
- The CR3 Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is an appraisal of the economic, environmental, and social effects of a plan from the outset of the preparation process. It allows decisions to be made that accord with sustainable development and is a legal requirement in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans.Sustainability AppraisalThe matrix of planning policies versus the results of the sustainability appraisal are shown in the following document. They are colour coded with any policies flagged red will require some mitigation. This document also contains some comments on the policies in general.Sustainability Appraisal Matrix
- The Local Green Space register. Local Green Space designation is a way to provide special protection against development for green areas of particular importance to local communities.Local Green Space Register
- Site assessments. These assessments have been produced by the CR3 forum team over a period of time. The first assessments were done before Tandridge DC published their HELAA list as part of their local plan consultation. The HELAA list will vary over time as sites are included or withdrawn. The CR3 Forum and the local parish councils will continue to carry out site assessments as further sites come forward Site Assessments
How can I have my say?
TDC will be running the next consultation in the near future. This will run for at least six weeks, so please be sure to comment on the plan during this consultation.
CR3 Admin Officer
Salmons, Salmons Lane,
Whyteleafe, Surrey CR3 0HB
Please note that your comments will be part of the public record and will be seen by others
And then what happens?
Once the final consultation period is closed, TDC will assemble and review the comments. A planning examiner will be appointed, who will then go on to provide an examination of the NP. Any matters arising will be addressed. Finally the examiner will decide on whether the Neighbourhood Plan is ready for submission to a public referendum – when we’ll need your support once more.
A simple majority at referendum will then allow the Neighbourhood Plan to become part of the Local Plan. The plan is made within one month of the referendum. The neighbourhood plan will then have become part of the set of policies that are used to make planning decisions in the area. So it’s vital to vote in the referendum to make sure that the issues that matter to those who live and work in our area are reflected in future planning decisions.
Last revised 25/01/2018