Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and review

Latest news - local plan review

The review of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan commenced in January 2021. At the current time, the Planning Policy team is updating a number of its evidence base documents. When these documents are published (on the evidence base documents page), it will be confirmed in this latest news feed.

Work continues on the production of the following updated evidence base documents: Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment, Employment Land Review, updated infrastructure baseline, Runnymede Retail and Main Town Centre Uses Study, Sustainable Places Paper, refresh of the 2018 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment and Open Spaces Study. All of these documents are expected to be published in Spring/early summer.

Further updates will be published on this page in due course.

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Adopted Runnymede 2030 Local Plan

The Runnymede 2030 Local Plan sets out the key planning policies which determine the location, scale and timing of new development in the Borough in the period up to 2030, including the spatial development strategy, allocations for housing, employment and retail development and protection of the environment. The Local Plan also contains a suite of planning policies against which planning applications in the Borough will be determined.

The Council adopted the 2030 Local Plan on the 16 July 2020 and now forms part of the Development Plan for the Borough. The policies within the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan replace all of the remaining saved policies from the Runnymede Local Plan 2001 (second alteration). All saved Borough Plan policies not replaced are withdrawn on adoption of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan.

The 2030 Local Plan policies map and other information for Runnymede can be viewed on Maps

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Adopted 2030 Local Plan

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Adoption Statement

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file SA/SEA Adoption Statement

The policies in the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan, any made Neighbourhood Plans alongside policy NRM6 of the South East Plan (which is concerned with development near the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area), and the policies in the Plan produced by Surrey County Council (which relate to waste and minerals) form the development plan for Runnymede.

The Council submitted the 2030 Local Plan to the Secretary of State in July 2018. An independent Inspector considered the soundness of the 2030 Local Plan at a series of hearings over the period November 2018 to November 2019. The Inspectors Report was received on 28 May 2020 and subject to Main Modifications found the 2030 Local Plan to be sound. The full Inspectors Report can be view below along with the main modifications and Runnymede's additional minor non-material modifications.

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Inspector’s Report on the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Schedule of Main Modifications

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Schedule of Additional Modifications

Evidence base documents

The Runnymede 2030 Local Plan was underpinned by a range of evidence base documents. A number of the key supporting documents can be found on our evidenced base documents page.

It should be noted however that in January 2021 the Council commenced a review of its Local Plan and over the course of 2021-2023 will be updating elements of the evidence base which will supersede earlier versions. If you wish to view a historic evidence base document which you cannot find on the website, please contact

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are being produced by the Council to support the implementation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan. For further details of the SPD and other guidance being relied upon by the Council for decision taking purposes on planning applications please visit