Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to respond to the Elmbridge Local Plan Consultation which closed at the end of September 2019.
We have been told that there were over 6500 responses with 2100 of those coming from Cobham, Oxshott, Downside and Stoke D'Abernon.
85% of the total responses received by the council were in favour of Option 4, our preferred option. Over 90% in our area chose Option 4 together with the Dittons, Hinchley Wood, Claygate and Esher.
Although the council made it clear that the consultation wasn't a referendum, this high level of support for Option 4 means it cannot be ignored.
The council planning department is now analysing the consultation responses and will use this analysis to build a new draft Local Plan. This is planned to be put forward to the residents in a further consultation in January 2020.
Depending on the outcome of this new consultation, a revised draft Local Plan will be sent to the Housing Inspector. If approved, it will become the new Elmbridge Local Plan in early 2021.
We think these timescales are quite ambitious and are likely to slip.
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