Adopted Planning Policy Documents

This page provides links to the planning policy documents for Mole Valley, including the Core Strategy, the Mole Valley Local Plan 2000, the Dorking Town Area Action Plan and other relevant policy documents.

Core Strategy: 2009

The Core Strategy sets out a vision, objectives, spatial strategy and overarching planning policies that guide new development in the District up until 2026. This is the starting point in the determination of planning applications in the District alongside the saved policies within the Mole Valley Local Plan.

Dorking Town Area Action Plan: 2012

The Area Action Plan indicates where new retail and residential development will take place within the central area of Dorking. It also establishes a range of policies that deal with issues surrounding the safeguarding of industrial and commercial land, change of use of retail premises, design and infrastructure and environmental improvements. It will be the starting point for the determination of planning applications in the central area of the town in conjunction with the Mole Valley Core Strategy and the saved policies in the Mole Valley Local Plan 2000.

Local Plan: 2000

The Mole Valley Local Plan is currently being reviewed and will eventually be replaced. The Local Plan covers the entire district and contains a range of policies principally relating to more day-to-day planning applications, such as the change of use of buildings and home extensions.  

All saved policies from the Local Plan and the Core Strategy can be viewed on the interactive Proposals Map (see 'Related Pages') and the printed copies of the Local Development Framework Proposals Map (Oct 2009). 

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning is a process by which communities can come together and prepare plans that will guide the type of developments they wish to see in their local area.

The Ashtead and Bookham Neighbourhood Plans now form part of the Development Plan for Mole Valley. Further information on Neighbourhood Planning can be found here, and on the Ashtead and Bookham Neighbourhood Planning pages.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI): 2016

The SCI 2016 describes how our local communities and partners can be actively involved in planning decisions. It describes how and when MVDC will involve residents, businesses and other organisations in decisions about planning applications and planning policies. This document updates the previous SCI 2010. The Adopted SCI 2016 can be viewed - see 'Downloads'.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

Affordable Housing SPD

The Affordable Housing SPD sets out in detail Mole Valley District Council's approach to the implementation of the Core Strategy Policy CS4 - The Provision of Affordable Housing. This is an important document for all those considering new housing development in the district. The Affordable Housing SPD was updated in July 2014 to reflect changes to national planning policy and affordable housing strategies.

For more information, view the Affordable Housing SPD (see 'Downloads'). Further information can also be found on the 'Affordable Housing and Planning Infrastructure Contributions' page (please see 'Related Pages'). 

Built-Up Areas Character Appraisal SPD

The Built-Up Areas Character Appraisal provides a character appraisal for the five main built-up areas in Mole Valley: Ashtead, Bookham and Fetcham, Dorking and Leatherhead. For more information, view the Built-Up Character Appraisal document (see 'Downloads').

Designing Out Crime SPD

The Designing Out Crime SPD promotes a practical and co-ordinated approach to development management, highlighting best practice in the field of community safety and designing out crime. For more information, view the 'Designing Out Crime' document (see 'Downloads').   

Landscape SPD 

The Landscape SPD identifies important characteristics of the landscape throughout the district. It focuses on the rural areas and the landscape setting of towns and villages. The SPD also provides general guidance on landscape issues and how they should be addressed by developers and those responding to planning applications. It will assist with the implementation Core Strategy policy CS13 Landscape Character. For more information, see the adopted Landscape SPD

Larger Rural Village Character Appraisal SPD 

The Larger Rural Village Character Appraisal SPD covers six villages: Beare Green, Brockham, Capel, Charlwood, Hookwood and Westcott. It analyses the character and landscape setting of each village, as well as providing general guidance on character issues. It will assist with the implementation Core Strategy policy CS14 Townscape, Urban Design and the Historic Environment. For more information, see the adopted Larger Rural Villages Character Appraisals SPD.      

Policy Statement

Policy Statement for 1-41 Lower Road, 33-35 Lower Road and 2 The Mount, Fetcham

On 29 October 2002 MVDC adopted a Policy Statement covering the above addresses.  A map is included in the Policy Statement (see 'downloads').  This Policy Statement does not have the status of a Local Plan policy or Supplementary Planning Document.  However, was formally adopted by the Council following a public consultation process and it is regarded as a material consideration in the consideration of planning applications in the affected area.  The Policy Statement is therefore made available here for the information of those making or commenting on planning applications.  (See also the Built-Up Area Character Appraisal SPD for Bookham and Fetcham, which covers similar issues.)

For more information

Please email planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk

Last Updated: 04/10/2017




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