Runnymede’s Local Plan will eventually replace the current 2001 Local Plan as the principal guide to future development in Runnymede up until 2035.
Latest news – February 2016
Officers in the Council’s Policy and Strategy team are currently producing the necessary evidence to underpin the Runnymede 2035 Local Plan, in particular:
- Officers are currently producing the Council’s 2016 interim Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) which will be published to support the Council’s Issues and Options consultation. The SLAA will then be revised as necessary to underpin the consultation on the pre submission version of the Plan which is anticipated to take place in Winter 2017. The Council has now adopted a joint methodology with Spelthorne Borough Council. The methodology, which will help officers to assess sites, can be viewed on the Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) (previously known as the SHLAA) page on the RBC website.
- The Council is currently updating its Open Space Study and it is hoped that this updated study will be published by the end of February 2016.
- Officers are currently considering all of the submissions received during its Local Green Space consultation and the recommendations for designations will be published in due course (as an addendum to the Open Space Study). More information will be added onto this page when a publication date for the recommendations are known. There will be further opportunities to submit sites for consideration for LGS designation during the consultation events on the Runnymede 2035 Local Plan. It should be noted that officers are currently undertaking detailed timetabling work and an update on the anticipated start date for the Issues and Options consultation will be published on this page over the coming weeks.
- The Council’s Annual Monitoring Report is currently being produced. It is envisaged that the document will be published by the end of February 2016.
- Officers are currently working with Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners to update the Council’s 2010 Employment Land Review. It is envisaged that this document will be published in February/March 2016.
- Officers are currently producing the necessary documentation to accompany the Technical Review of the Green Belt boundary in Runnymede. It is anticipated that the results of this review will be published in the early part of 2016.
- Work continues on the production of the Council’s Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA). More information will be added onto this page in due course once a publication date is known.
- Officers at Runnymede Borough Council have been attending meetings of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group over recent months. This group aims to ensure that the Local Authorities most impacted by Heathrow, together with Heathrow Airport Ltd., work together to consider and understand the sub-regional impact of the airport so that all parties can better plan, mitigate and manage the impacts, and maximise the potential benefits, for local communities, businesses and other stakeholders. This group is programmed to meet monthly for the foreseeable future.
- Officers are currently reviewing the Green Belt villages in Runnymede in terms of whether they should remain in the Green Belt during the Plan period or be returned to the Urban Area (when assessed against paragraph 86 of the NPPF). It is anticipated that this report will be published by the end of February 2016.
- The Council’s Policy and Strategy team has sought to widen the opportunities available to engage with both the local communities in the Borough of Runnymede and the development community as the Runnymede 2035 Local Plan is developed. As such a Community Planning Panel and Development Market Panel have been established. Further information on both panels can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) page of the RBC website.