At the Special Full Council meeting of 30th July, the Runnymede 2030 Submission Local Plan was endorsed as sound and approved for submission to the Secretary of State alongside the minor modifications schedule. On 31st July in line with the Council's adopted Local Development Scheme, the Runnymede Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State. All submission documents and supporting submission documents can be viewed on the Runnymede 2030 Submission Local Plan page.
The Council has appointed Charlotte Glancy, of Banks Solutions to act as the Programme Officer for the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan. The Programme Officer manages the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and acts as a liaison between the Council, the Inspector and participants in the examination. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer as follows:
Address: c/o Banks Solutions. 80 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1DD
The introductory letter from the programme officer can be viewed here:
The covering letter regarding the Stage 1 Hearing Sessions from the programme officer can be viewed here:
The Programme Officer's letter regarding the Stage 3 Hearing Sessions can be viewed here:
Planning Inspector; Ms Mary Travers BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI, has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Runnymede 2030 Local Plan.
The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The relevant soundness criteria whether the Plan is:
1 - positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development);
2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
3 - effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and
4 - consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector, these are termed Hearing Sessions.
Following the closure of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
Further information and guidance from the Inspector will be available in due course. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Stage 3 of the hearings will begin at 9:30am on 14th November 2019. Stage 3 Hearing Session Participants List:
Receipt of Inspector's final report and recommendations (1st June 2020)
On 28th May 2020, the Council received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan. The report sets out the Inspector's recommendations and her reasons for them. The Inspector's report concludes that the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for the planning of Runnymede Borough, provided that certain main modifications are made to it. The Inspector's Report and the Main Modifications Schedule can be viewed below:
Please note that now that the Council is in receipt of the Inspector's final report, the Examination in Public is formally closed.
At present we are unable to display printed copies of documents at the Civic Centre in Addlestone or at local libraries as they are closed to the public in line with the Covid-19 lockdown measures. The Council will continue to use the methods outlined in its amended Statement of Community Involvement to notify as many people as possible about this important milestone in the Local Plan process.
Should anyone without access to the internet wish to receive a hard copy of the Inspector's report and/or the Main Modifications Schedule by post then they should write to us at the following address: The Planning Policy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH or call us on 01932 838383.
Should the Council offices and libraries re-open to the public during the 6 week period that the Council is required to make the Inspector's report and Main Modifications schedule available for public inspection, then the Council will ensure that hard copy material is displayed in these locations (Addlestone, Bagshot, Chertsey, Egham, New Haw, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunninghill Virginia Water, West Byfleet) as soon as is reasonably practicable, and for the remainder of this statutory period.
The final stage in the process will now be the consideration by Full Council on 16th July 2020. At this meeting, the decision will be made as to whether the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan is to be formally adopted by the Council.
Correspondence with the Inspector (May 2020)
Update from the Inspector (17 April 2020)
I have asked the Council to enter into discussion with the Environment Agency and Lichfields (for and on behalf of Thorpe Park), in order to seek a resolution of their respective concerns about the proposed main modification MM49 to Policy EE13 regarding the River Thames Scheme's implications for Thorpe Park. As a result, a Statement of Common Ground has been agreed between the 3 parties which proposes changes to the text of the policy. The details are set out in the attached document () and this also shows how the Policies Map would be changed. This Update is for information that I am minded to recommend these changes to the Council in my final report.
Also for information, I have invited the Council to put forward a main modification that reflects the Council's commitment to early review of the Plan as expressed during the examination. On this basis I am minded to recommend the following in my final report: The Council will commence a review of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan as soon as possible to ensure that it is able to meet the requirement of the NPPF to complete a review of the plan within 5 years of the date of the adoption of this plan. In practical terms, this will mean that the Borough Council commences its review early in 2021, in order to complete a review before the summer of 2025. The Council will be revising its Local Development Scheme during 2020 to confirm the timetable for its review. In accordance with the NPPF the review will also need to plan for a 15 year period from the date of its adoption (i.e. 2040).
Update from the Inspector (30 March 2020)
Please find a linkto the Inspectors further update, as mentioned within the 03 March 2020 update.
Update from the Inspector (17 March 2020)
RBCLP_69 is now published. It sets out the response by Surrey County Council to a question raised by DPDS Consulting about journey times presented in the SHAR Addendum. The response was inadvertently not published on 5 December 2019 as intended. I have taken account of all the representations and evidence before me on the implications of the Plan for the A320 and related matters, and there is no need for anyone to repeat the case already put to me. Nonetheless, if you have made representations on the matters covered by RBCLP_69 and you wish to make supplementary comments in the light of this document, you may do so by submitting a statement not exceeding 1,000 words to the Programme Officer by no later than 17:30 hours on Thursday 26 March 2020.
Please see the sole supplementary statement received on this matter:
Update from the Inspector (03 March 2020)
I have received the responses to the consultation on the draft proposed main modifications to the Plan and I will consider each of them carefully. Some of the responses raise issues about the main modifications process and the next steps in the examination and I will provide a further update on these matters as soon as possible.
Update from the Inspector (10 January 2020)
Public consultation on the proposed main modifications to the Plan is now underway and will close on Friday 21 February at 23:59 hours. Full details of the consultation and how to respond are on the NEW Runnymede 2030 Local Plan page of the website.
Update from the Inspector (18 December 2019)
Following the hearing session on 14 November and my consideration of all the evidence before me, I have requested the Council to draft a schedule of proposed main modifications that appear to be necessary for the soundness of the Plan. Subject to my agreement on the draft, it is likely to be considered by the Council's Planning Committee on 7 January 2020 and, if approved, it will be published for consultation for a 6-week period thereafter. It is important to note that the consultation will only concern the parts of the Plan that would be changed by the proposed main modifications, if they were to be incorporated into the final Plan. I will take all of the consultation responses into account before completing my report to the Council and recommending any main modifications that I consider are necessary for a sound Plan.
Update from the Inspector (28 November 2019)
RBCLP_63 which is now published relates to transport development planning considerations discussed during the Stage 2 hearings. It was tabled by the Council during the hearings so far as it referred to some of the proposed site allocations in the Plan. I have taken account of all the representations and oral and written evidence that is already before me on these matters, and there is no need for anyone to repeat them. However, if anyone who has made representations on the matters covered in RBCLP_63 wishes to make supplementary comments, they may do so by submitting a statement not exceeding 1000 words to the Programme Officer by no later than 17:30 hours on Monday 9 December.
Update from the Inspector (01 November 2019)
At my request the Council has prepared a factual update on relevant matters affecting the policies and proposals in the Plan. This update is published today for information. In the light of the update I have asked the Council to provide documentary evidence about the rail service enhancements that have been agreed to come into effect at Longcross station in December 2019, together with first phase improvements to the station. Also, regarding the update on Policy IE1, I have asked the Council to provide documentary evidence of the agreement between Savills and the Environment Agency on flood compensation measures and information on whether these are likely to entail any significant change to the development capacity of the site. The documents will be published as soon as possible.
Update from the Inspector (21 October 2019)
An addendum to The Strategic Highway Assessment 2019 is published today.
If representors wish to address the following question in writing: `Do the findings of the Strategic Highway Assessment 2019: Addendum include any new information that might significantly alter conclusions drawn from the previously published evidence, and if so, in what way?', they may do so by submitting a written response of no more than 1000 words to the Programme Officer by no later than 17:30 hours on Tuesday 29 October.
Update from the Inspector (29 August 2019)
The Council's Further Update Note 7 June 2019 sets out a revised timetable for publication of documents (numbered 1-8) to inform the Stage 3 hearing which will be held on Thursday 14 November. Documents 1-3 have been published and Documents 4-8 are due to be published between 6-20 September. On the basis that all of these documents will be published on time, my Issues and Questions paper will be available on Tuesday 1 October. Any written statements from representors in response to my issues and questions should be submitted to the Programme Officer no later than 17:30 hours on Friday 18 October and they should accord with the requirements for written statements as set out in my Guidance Note (ID_01). I will issue an agenda for the hearing session by Friday 8 November.
Update from the Inspector (01 August 2019)
I have received a letter dated 21 July from Mr John Baker, Point Consultancy (). In response, I wish to clarify that from an early stage in the examination I have kept in mind that there may be a need to make interim findings on any fundamental matters of soundness affecting the Plan. I remain of the view at present that there is no such need. The hearings will resume on 14 November to deal with the outstanding matters on highways. Thereafter, I will reach a view about whether the Plan can be found sound, subject to any necessary modifications, and will let this be known at the earliest possible date. Please also refer to my previous updates that indicate the timescales for the ongoing work on the highways matters and make clear my intention to facilitate the progress of the examination as efficiently and effectively as possible in the interim period.
Update from the Inspector (12 July 2019)
It is anticipated that the Stage 3 hearing concerning the implications of the Plan for the Strategic Road Network and the A320 will be held on Thursday 14 November 2019, and 15 November is being set aside as a reserve day in case of any overrun. During the coming months the Council will publish updates about the progress of the work on these issues, including new evidence, as and when available. I will set out my questions on the issues, an agenda for the hearing and a timetable for the submission of any written statements by representors in due course.
In the meantime, and without prejudice to the consideration of, and my conclusions on, the Stage 3 issues, I have asked the Council to prepare a draft schedule of potential main modifications that may be necessary to make the Plan sound. The schedule will be based on the proposed soundness changes to the Plan that were considered at the Stage 1 and Stage 2 hearings and/or formed part of the Council's earlier work as set out in CD_001A. It will be a working document that will assist in preparing a schedule of proposed main modifications for public consultation in due course, and thereby may help to expedite the completion of the examination.
Update from the Inspector (07 June 2019)
The Inspector has requested the Council to provide an update on progress of the ongoing work on highways matters that remains to be completed before the examination can be concluded. The Council's update note is published today. In this light, It is clear that the Stage 3 hearing originally scheduled for July should be postponed. Subject to progress with completing the work, it is expected that the Stage 3 hearing will be scheduled around the end of October. Further updates will be published in due course.
Update from the Inspector (22 March 2019)
At my request the Council is publishing today an update note concerning progress of the outstanding work on Highways matters. This is for information only at this stage. As indicated in the timetable set out in the update note, the Stage 3 hearings are provisionally scheduled for the week commencing 15 July. Confirmation of the hearing date(s) will be announced in due course, and further information on Highways and any other matters relating to the examination will be published as soon as it is available.
The hearing sessions will be held in the Council Chamber of the Runnymede Borough Council offices in Addlestone. The Council offices are within walking distance of Addlestone Train Station alternatively, parking is available at the Addlestone One Multi-Storey Car Park.
Update from the Inspector (08 March 2019)
In the light of on-going work by the Council, Surrey County Council and Highways England, I expect that a progress note from the Council will be ready for publication in mid-March. This will include updates about the scope and programming of the work on the SRN and A320 issues and the evidence documents that will be made available over the coming months. It is anticipated that this will provide a firm basis for the scheduling of the Stage 3 hearings during the summer of this year, and the date(s) will be announced as soon as possible.
Update from the Inspector (16 January 2019)
As a result of the amendment to the hearings programme (ID/09 v4) for Tuesday 5 February, the Inspector will invite an update from the Council on the work that is on-going to resolve the concerns of Highways England and will invite any oral comments from participants, including comments on the overall deliverability of the Plan, but supplementary statements from participants are not invited at this stage. The A320 and Strategic Road Network issues will be considered at a date to be confirmed in due course, and representors will be given an opportunity to submit statements on these matters at an appropriate time and to supplement or revise any statements already submitted in this regard, including, where relevant, on the implications for the deliverability of the Plan.
With regard to the remaining items under point 3 of the Matter 3 agenda (ID/07) that the Inspector expects to deal with on 5 February, these are any strategic implications of the proposed provision for SANGS or any other infrastructure proposals, although she considers that these items have been largely covered in the first week of the hearings. In regard to point 4 of the Matter 3 agenda, issues about overall deliverability that have not already been considered in the first week of hearings, apart from the A320 and SRN issues, may be raised at the 5 February session.
The updated programme also makes clear that Question 10.2 of Matter 10 is being deferred for consideration at a later date to be confirmed. There is no need for representors to submit any interim responses to this question at this stage although if they wish to do so, they may update/revise their response at the appropriate time.
Update from the Inspector (15 January 2019)
Version 4 of the Examination Programme and corresponding revisions of the Matters and Questions for weeks 2 and 3 of the hearings have been issued today. These revisions are necessary to enable on-going work by the Council, Surrey County Council and Highways England on the implications of the Plan for the A320 and the Strategic Highway Network to reach an appropriate stage for consideration at a later date in the examination. This date will be confirmed in due course.
Update from the Inspector (09 January 2019)
A revised programme (V3) for the Stage 2 hearings has now been published (9th January 2019), together with revised Matters and Questions for the hearings commencing 5 February (the revision affects Matter 6 only, entailing a new question about Thorpe village). Also, the Matters and Questions for the hearings commencing 19 February have been published. The deadline for submission of any statements for these hearings, which concern Matters 8-11, is 17:30 on Friday 25 January.
It is expected that interim results and conclusions on the work dealing with the transport matters will be available on 11 January. In the light of their progress, the Inspector will consider in due course if any alterations should be made to the programme for the Examination.
Important Change to Hearings Programme for Matter 11
Please note the Inspector has changed the Hearings Programme for Matter 11. Matter 11 will now take place on Wednesday 20 February 2019 directly after Matter 10 in the morning. There will not be any hearings sessions taking place on Thursday 21st February 2019. The Morning session for Matters 10 and 11 on Wednesday 20th February 2019 will begin at 9.30am
Stage 1 hearing sessions commenced on Tuesday 27th November for three days. At the conclusion of the Stage 1 hearings, the Inspector announced that an update about the programme for the Stage 2 hearings would be made available as soon as possible. A revised programme for the Stage 2 hearings has been published today (17/12/18), together with the Matters and Questions for the first week of the Stage 2 hearing sessions. Please note that the first session will deal initially with the outstanding issues that remain to be considered under Matter 3 of the Stage 1 hearings. The deadline for the submission of any written statements for Matters 5-7 as set out in the programme is 17:30 on Friday 18 January at the latest. Please see the Inspector's Guidance Note for further information on the submission of written statements and on the hearings generally. Matters and Questions for the remainder of the Stage 2 programme will be issued in due course.
|The following documents have been provided by the Inspector:|
|The following documents have been provided by the Council:|
|RBCLP_03-06 can be found below in the Matter Statements.|
|RBCLP_20-26 can be found below in the Matter Statements.|
|RBCLP_32 can be found below in the Matter Statements|
When uploaded in May 2019, Appendix F of RBCLP_45 was mistakenly uploaded as a duplicate of Appendix E. As of 02/10/19 the correct Appendix F to RBCLP_45 has been uploaded.
RBCLP_52, which was originally published in September 2019, has been republished 14/10/2019 with an explanatory note to Appendix 2.
Table updated to include reference to collaboration agreement between parties at the Virginia Water North allocation Site. See update in the table against Policy SL9.
Local Plan Written Statements
|Stage 3 SHA addendum further responses|
|Stage 3 SHAR response statements|
Following the Stage 3 Hearings, the Council published a Schedule of Main Modifications to the Submission Local Plan which were open to consultation from 10 January to 21 February 2020 along with a Schedule of Additional Modifications and supporting documents. The Schedules of Main and Additional Modifications and supporting documents as well as the responses to the consultation can be viewed below.
HIF Bid Update
Following the March 2020 Budget announcements made by the Chancellor on 11 March, the Government has confirmed the allocation of £41.8 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) of funding towards delivery of the A320 and M25 Junction 11 Improvements Scheme North of Woking. The amount secured is the amount bid for by Surrey County Council minus the estimated cost for junction 8 (St Peter's Hospital) which is being delivered via a S278 agreement associated with development at the hospital site. Further details can be found on the Government website here.