Local Plan Update 11 May 2020

The Local Plan Preferred Options consultation (Regulation 18) ended on Tuesday 21 January 2020. This set out the Council's draft policies and possible sites to allocate for development up to 2035.

Since the consultation closed, officers have been reviewing all of the representations received and in due course amendments to the emerging Local Plan will be made where appropriate.

Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, officers are continuing to work through all of the representations and a response document will be produced setting out the key issues raised through the consultation in due course. All the representations and full responses will be made available on our website and the consultation portal.

However, as you will appreciate, the COVID-19 situation may mean that the production of the response document may take longer than anticipated. We have also commissioned a Masterplan for Staines and we want to have this work completed before continuing with the Local Plan so this has meant revising our timetable. Our revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) time table has now been published and we anticipate that the next stage of consultation (Regulation 19) will take place early in 2021. We ask that you bear with us during this difficult time. 

Although moving forward our work on the emerging Local Plan is extremely important, the Council's top priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff and its communities.

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 closed

Public information evenings

We held ten public events to provide further information to residents and other interested parties.  The presentation is available below and audio recordings of the events have been uploaded.  If you have any questions please email local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk

Icon for pdf Frequently asked questions [694.06KB]

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 at 23.59 on the 21 January. 

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 2018-2022 [310.08KB] shows the timetable for producing the new Local Plan.  The revised LDS has been agreed to allow for the production of the Staines Masterplan.

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.

Staines Masterplan

Staines-upon-Thames has the opportunity to grow and develop into a thriving town that can take advantage of its close proximity to Heathrow Airport and proposed new public transport schemes likely to enhance its connectivity further. The Staines Masterplan will set a clear vision and strategy for the transformation and regeneration of the centre of Staines, focusing on deliverable outcomes and policies. It is intended to be capable of adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document.

The COVID-19 pandemic has required adjustments to be made to the way the Masterplan will progress. The appointed consultants, David Lock Associates, have already commenced work and were able to have some face-to-face meetings and site visits prior to the lockdown measures being implemented. Work has been able to continue remotely and virtually during this period. Consideration is now being given to how stakeholder and community engagement can take place before lockdown measures are eased further and we will update the website when we have more information. It is still planned for the final version of the Masterplan to be completed by early 2021 unless circumstances induce a delay.

The Local Plan production timetable was revised recently in order for the Staines Masterplan to catch up and enable it to feature as a key document at the time of the next Local Plan consultation in early 2021. This will be a consultation on the final version of the Plan prior to submission for examination (known as Regulation 19). The current Local Development Scheme timetable is above.

Download the Icon for pdf Staines Masterplan Specification [390.96KB]

The Staines Masterplan Working Group has now been appointed. Please see this press release for further information.

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