Each local planning authority has to have an up-to-date Local Plan setting out the policies and proposals that will guide development in the area. Spelthorne Council is preparing a new Local Plan for the Borough to cover the period 2020 - 2035.

Preferred Options Consultation is now open

The Preferred Options consultation will run from Tuesday 5 November 2019 to Tuesday 7 January 2020. 

Local Plan presentation video

For those who are unable to attend our public meetings, this is a presentation on the Local Plan consultation for the Borough, including the preferred options, polices and sites. The consultation closes on the 7 January. 


Responding to the Consultation

The consultation documents can be read online and comments submitted on each section at:  https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk

Alternatively you can email your comments to:  local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk or write to:  Strategic Planning, Spelthorne Borough Council, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB.

Public information evenings

There will be four public events to provide further information to residents and other interested parties.  These will be held at the Council Offices at Knowle Green on:

  • Tuesday 12 November at 7pm
  • Thursday 14 November at 7pm
  • Monday 18 November at 7pm
  • Wednesday 27 November at 7pm - new date added

Please note: The briefings will require a ticket in order for us to manage attendance, but are free.  We are using a website called 'Eventbrite' for ticket bookings.  Tickets are available to book now.   In order to allow the team to answer any questions in full, we are requesting that they are submitted in advance to local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk

Icon for pdf Frequently asked questions [620.11KB]

Consultation documents

Paper copies of the two consultation documents are available to view at the Council Offices and all the libraries in the Borough.  The Borough Bulletin, distributed to all residents the first week of December, will contain eight pages of Local Plan news.

The following consultation documents are available to download:

The Preferred Allocation sites can be viewed from the 'My Maps' tab via 'My Spelthorne'.  Maps of all the sites assessed and the Preferred Allocation sites can also be found on the Evidence Base and Supporting Documents page.

Evidence Base documents

All the evidence base documents can be found on the Evidence Base and Supporting Documents page. 

Background information about the consultation

Spelthorne must plan for 603 new homes per year over a 15-year period as part of the Government's aim to see more housing built.  The first consultation on the Local Plan took place in May and June last year and asked the public to consider options for how Spelthorne will meet its need for housing, gypsy and traveller pitches, employment sites and other uses.  The selection of sites follows the preferred strategy, following previous consultation, to maximise building on land in urban areas such as town centres, particularly Staines-upon-Thames, and to consider releasing some 'weakly performing' Green Belt for development.  This will enable the protection of the Borough's most important green spaces.  If we do not have a viable Local Plan it is much more difficult to control future developments.

Local Development Scheme

Our Icon for pdf Local Development Scheme 2018-2021 [314.38KB] shows the timetable for producing the new Local Plan.  It was updated in March 2019.

Issues and Options Response Document

We carried out our Icon for pdf Spelthorne Issues and Options Consultation Paper [1.83MB] in May and June 2018 and have published our Icon for pdf Issues and Options consultation response document [395.68KB] where you can view the summary responses to our first consultation.  If you have registered on our consultation portal at https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk you can also log in to view the responses in full.

If you are interested in the preparation of the new Local Plan and related documents and wish to be notified about future consultations or events please register at https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk

Please note that whilst the Council will not share or make public the personal information held, responses to consultations cannot be treated as confidential.

Duty to Cooperate
Spelthorne Retail and Other Town Centre Uses Study
Spelthorne Strategic Housing Market Assessment - SHMA
Strategic Land Availability Assessment - SLAA
Green Belt Assessment
New Local Plan Evidence Base and Supporting Documents