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 11.59pm on *Tuesday 21 January 2020. 

*The original consultation period (ending on 7 January) already exceeded the statutory minimum 6 weeks to take account of the Christmas break.  However, the General Election wasn't originally expected and therefore we've again extended the period within which local residents can respond.  The consultation will now run until 23.59 on Tuesday 21 January 2020 and gives another two weeks for residents to give their views on the proposed allocations and policies.

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

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 [691.58KB]

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 2018-2021 [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