Future Mole Valley – A new Local Plan for Mole Valley
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has started work on its next Local Plan, ‘Future Mole Valley‘. The Local Plan will set out plans for land use in Mole Valley between 2018 and 2033 and include targets for delivering new development as well as setting out those areas which will continue to be protected.
The MVDC Planning Policy team is also seeking community engagement on the potential for modest extensions to rural villages as a means of supporting vibrant and successful rural communities. MVDC sent a representative to Buckland on Monday 8th January 2018 to initiate discussion.
Buckland Parish Council has advised MVDC (in an initial response) its belief that the Annual Parish Meeting offers an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of this workstream and to explore issues MVDC has indicated need to be explored in more detail. The 2018 Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Reading Room, at 7.45pm, on Monday 19th March 2018.
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Work completed to date
Between 1st July and 1st September 2017, MVDC held a public consultation to ask for your views on the strategic options for Future Mole Valley. The consultation considered two main themes: making the best use of brownfield land, and the potential release of greenfield land.
MVDC received a significant number of responses to the consultation which have now been analysed by the team. A Consultation Summary is available to view – to download a copy click here.
A report was presented to the MVDC Executive on 28th November 2017 and MVDC members agreed the following preferred strategic development options to guide the preparation of the new Local Plan:
Town centre redevelopment
Limited reallocation of commercial and retail land
Mixed use redevelopment
Targeted increases in suburban densities
Expansion of one or more rural village
Modest additions to rural villages
Towards the end of 2017 MVDC launched a ‘Greenfield Call for Sites’ that invited anyone who owned or had an interest in a site to submit details to MVDC if they wanted the site to be considered for future development. The call for sites closed on 5th February 2018.February 13, 2018