Ashtead Community Vision The man from Del Monte says “Yes” local newspapers and Ashtead Village News. We have held a number of open mornings at significant points to explain our conclusions and we have a website at https:// ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk/ that has all the current information, links and documents. We have used social media to broaden our audience. The examiner has recommended changes to the housing policies to make them more easily applicable by the planning team and to emphasise the requirement to provide a range he Man from Del Monte first graced our of housing types and designs that are consistent screens in the 1980s. You remember him, with the immediate locality. Our policies are don’t you? In his white suit and Panama based on the housing targets in place at the hat inspecting the quality of fruit? The title of point of publication. MVDC have since then this article was the punch line for those adverts. conducted a review that may increase these figures. The examiner has therefore Our equivalent, an independent examiner, was recommended that we add a paragraph to state appointed by Mole Valley District Council that we will review our policies once new (MVDC) in September to review our targets are published. Neighbourhood Development Plan (Plan). He was provided with the published plan and a The examiner has recommended changes to the number of supporting documents, together with economy policies to move reference to specific the responses to the MVDC consultation held in MVDC policies out to the supporting text. This the summer. Further supporting evidence was will increase the longevity required to cope with provided by the documents held on the ACV a new Local Plan and policies being developed website. The examiner also visited Ashtead by MVDC in 2018. unaccompanied to see for himself the context of our policies. The examiner has identified that we have two policies that both seek to maintain the character of the village and has recommended At the end of October, the examiner issued his that we only retain the one in the Environment report, which concluded: section, as it is couched more broadly. The other Environment polices are subject to minor • That our plan has been significantly changes of wording that do not affect their underpinned by community support and scope. There are similarly some minor changes engagement; recommended for one of the Infrastructure • That our plan provides a very robust local policies. dimension to the MVDC strategic policies; • That a number of relatively minor changes The proposed changes were put to the full Forum on 12th November. Assuming agreement, should be made to the policy wordings; the MVDC Planning Team will report at the next • That the plan meets all the necessary legal Full Council meeting on 6th December. They requirements and should proceed to will be asking the Council to agree that the referendum. Plan, as modified, should proceed to a referendum in May 2017. A major plank of our community engagement strategy has been the monthly articles in this Tony Tuley magazine, together with occasional articles in
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