Ashtead Community Vision There was an old woman who lived in a shoe... There are not many people in Surrey living in shoes. However there are probably many families with children living in shoebox-sized accommodation. More people are born than die each year in Surrey. In 2015, this increased the population by 3,100. In addition, more people move into Surrey than move out, mostly from other countries, which increased the population by 3,500 in 2015. The latter may change after Brexit!
not want to move out of an area where they have lived for some time and have friends. In Ashtead, both of these elements result in a demand for smaller properties. However, those already living in smaller properties are busy extending them to cater for growing families. This has led to a decrease in the proportion of 2 -3 bedroom property in Ashtead. It is for this reason that we have proposed strengthening the existing Mole Valley policy encouraging the provision of smaller houses. Since developments in Ashtead will generally be small in-fills, this will also discourage proposals that replace a single bungalow or house with several four or five bedrooms houses crammed onto the plot. We have also put forward a policy incorporating existing Surrey County Council guidelines to increase the amount of off-street parking on new developments. These policies and more are described in the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan that is available to view on the Mole Valley website under “Local Plans” and on our own website at the address below. This plan will be subject of a referendum in May 2017, at the same time as the council elections. There will be an additional voting paper for Ashtead wards asking “Do you want Mole Valley District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ashtead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
On current projections from the Office of National Statistics, the population of Mole Valley will increase by 45% over the next 20 years. Within that, the proportion of those aged over 65 will increase from 19% to 25% with a much larger increase in the proportion of those over 75.
If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum are in favour, the council is then obliged to “make” the plan. At that point it becomes part of the MVDC Development Plan and a material consideration for planning application decisions in the three Ashtead Wards.
We shall be encouraging as many residents as These changes put pressure on the amount and possible to vote on this plan and look forward to type of housing available. Younger families are your support in May. attracted to Mole Valley by the fact that it is a prosperous area with good schools and excellent transport links. Older people, especially “empty Tony Tuley nesters” are interested in down-sizing but do
More information the work of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum can be found on the Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) website at: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/AshteadCommunity-Vision/ or https://twitter.com/AcvComms 14
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