Come to an open meeting to discuss the Council’s proposed new development management policies, including the threat of housing development on the Green Belt, and how we can respond. All welcome.
The Meeting Room, Toby Carvery, Redstone Hill, Redhill
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has drawn up new development management policies that will shape where development, like new homes, shops and workplaces should go between now and 2027.
The new policies are out for consultation before being submitted to the government for approval.
The consultation asks about a wide range of planning issues and identifies sites for new homes and workplaces and facilities like schools and doctors surgeries.
Green Belt under threat
The policies set out in detail how the Council intends to allow 6,900 new homes between 2012 and 2027, or an annual average of 460 homes a year.
They take an ‘urban areas first’ approach, giving priority to development in our towns. But the policies include releasing greenfield sites, including Green Belt, if they can’t identify enough sites in the urban areas.
Where are the possible ‘urban extensions’?
The two areas where the Council envisages releasing Green Belt land for housing are east of Redhill and Merstham and south-west of Reigate, with up to 700 new homes in each.
They also envisage up to 200 homes and a new business park on greenfield sites around Horley.
The consultation document includes ‘indicative masterplans’ showing potential housing developments – much of them low and medium density – in these areas.
Pages 137-145 show possible schemes for:
- the Hillsbrow site (south of the A23, east of Chanctonbury Chase)
- the former Copyhold works and land to the west of it (north of the A23, east of Restone Park)
- both sides of Bletchingley Road, Merstham
Pages 154-163 show possible schemes
- south-west of Sandcross Lane
- at Hartswood Nursery and west of Castle Drive
- at Dovers Farm, Woodhatch (east of Lonesome Lane)
Pages 174-185 include ‘indicative masterplans’ show possible housing schemes
- either side of Meath Green Lane, Horley
- approx 40 new homes on Bonehurst Lane
- approx 70 new homes off The Close and Haroldslea Drive, Horley
and a business park to the west of Balcombe Road.
Please note this information is based on our reading of the consultation document – please read it yourself to form your own views.
How to find out more and have your say
You can view the proposals and submit your comments online, by email, or get a paper comment form from the Town Hall or local library. Details on this page
The Council is holding exhibitions and staffed drop in sessions where you can find out more in: Banstead, Redhill, Woodhatch, Merstham and Horley – details here
And East Surrey Green Party is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposals and how we can respond (details above). Please come along.
The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 10th October 2016.
Jonathan Essex, Green Party councillor for Redhill East, said: “We need to make sure we look at all the options within the urban areas first, and increase population density in our town centres (as well as in London) rather than building out into the countryside.”
“We must not plan to build on the Green Belt. Once we start doing that, we will be giving up on Redhill and Reigate being towns, rather than future London suburbs.
“We need creative plans for higher density affordable housing in live-work locations, not license developers to build new suburbs or a business park in the Surrey countryside.”
Read a short opinion piece on why we’re standing up for the Green Belt .