Ashtead Community Vision Your plan needs YOUR vote When you go to the polls on May 4th you’ll receive ballot papers for both the County Council election and for the referendum being held on the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). The NDP is an important planning policy document that, if adopted, will affect development decisions in Ashtead for the foreseeable future. It contains policies and explanatory text covering character (both built and green), housing, the local economy, infrastructure and the environment. If adopted, the NDP will become Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) first point of reference when considering future planning applications in Ashtead. MVDC formally designated Ashtead’s Forum in July 2013 following an Ashtead-wide public consultation that sought residents’ views about its proposed members. The Forum has carried out wide engagement with Ashtead’s residents and businesses throughout the preparation of the NDP and the development of its policies. This has included a number of public consultations, regular press articles, use of social media and the delivery of regular newsletters to every household in Ashtead.
authorities, for example: schools planning, road infrastructure, transport and healthcare, which are within the County Council’s remit. So don’t look for these issues in Ashtead’s plan. The new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is now in place and developers must make a contribution to infrastructure of £175 per sq. metre on all new homes being built. Local communities will be allocated a percentage of the CIL to spend on projects in their area that will be chosen following consultation between MVDC and the community; at present the local allocation is 15% of the CIL but should the NDP be adopted this allocation will increase to 25%, which could mean some £50,000 per annum available for these projects. The last step before the NDP can become part of the planning policies for Ashtead is the referendum on 4th May. The referendum question will be: “Do you want Mole Valley District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ashtead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” If 50% or more of those voting say YES, then the plan will be adopted as part of MVDC planning policy. Tony Tuley
An NDP must generally conform to, and positively support, the strategic policies of MVDC’s Local Plan for the area. Ashtead’s plan has been developed in line with MVDC’s current Local Plan and the NDP seeks to strengthen the Council’s existing core policies. It has passed a formal review by an independent planning inspector, who said that “The Plan …. seeks to bring forward positive and sustainable development in the plan area.” The NDP is specifically about land use and cannot be used to stop development. It also cannot dictate policy on a number of development activities covered by other
Please support YOUR Village Development Plan and vote “YES” on 4th May You can read or download the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan on the Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) website at: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk/ or read a printed copy at Ashtead Library 14
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