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February 16, 2020 12:09 PM

Council needs resident's views on draft Local Plan and inclusion of Green Belt sites to meet Government targets

Liberal Democrat controlled Mole Valley Council is consulting residents on a draft Local Plan. The Council needs an approved Local Plan in order to protect our area from undesirable development. To get approval, the plan must meet the Government target for new housing. This is currently set so high that it can only be met by releasing a small amount of Green Belt land. The Council does not believe this is in the best interests of Mole Valley and will continue trying to get this target cut.

Stephen Cooksey Leader of Mole Valley Council ()Leader of the Council, Stephen Cooksey pointed out, "Last year, when campaigning in Surrey to be elected as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said, 'We are being too tough. We should not be imposing targets on Councils that they are simply finding impossible to meet without building on the Green Belt.' We have recently written to him, asking him to stand by these words and cut the housing target for this District, which is about 90% green field land."

If the Government will not reduce the target we need very good reasons, endorsed by public consultation, for preparing a Local Plan which does not meet these targets.î

And that is why your views are so important.

We need as many residents as possible to respond to the Consultation and tell us what you like and dislike about the draft plan. The Consultation runs from 3rd February - 23rd March 2020.

Logo ()Find out more about the Local Plan here.