Adopted Planning Policy Documents

All of the our planning policy documents, including our adopted planning policy documents, can be viewed on Planning Policy.

Core Strategy

The Core Strategy (2009) that guides new development in Mole Valley up until 2026 sets out:

  • a vision
  • objectives
  • spatial strategy
  • overarching planning policies

This is the starting point in the determination of planning applications in the Mole Valley alongside saved policies from the Local Plan 2000.

Local Plan 2000

The Core Strategy did not supersede the Local Plan 2000 in its entirety and a number of policies within it were saved.

These saved policies principally relate to more day-to-day planning applications such as home extensions.

Dorking Town Area Action Plan

The Dorking Town Area Action Plan (2012) indicates where new retail and residential development will take place within the central area of Dorking.

It establishes a range of policies on issues surrounding the safeguarding of:

  • industrial and commercial land
  • change of use of retail premises
  • design and infrastructure
  • environmental improvements

It is 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 of the Mole Valley Local Plan 2000.

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.

South East Plan Policy NRM6: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area

The South East Plan was revoked on 25 March 2013 with the exception of Policy NRM6: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.

Surrey Minerals & Waste Plans

The current development plan for Mole Valley also comprises a number of Development Plan Documents (DPDs) produced by Surrey County Council relating to minerals and waste.

These are:

  • The Surrey Waste Plan 2019-2033 (2020)
  • The Surrey Minerals Plan Core Strategy (2011)
  • The Surrey Minerals Plan Primary Aggregates (2011), and;
  • The Aggregates Recycling Joint DPD for the Minerals and Waste Plan (2013).

You can view these on the Surrey County Council website.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

We adopted our Statement of Community Involvement on 7 December 2021.

The Statement of Community Involvement describes how residents, businesses and organisations will be involved in planning policy consultations and how they can comment on planning applications.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

We are required to maintain an up-to-date Local Development Scheme setting out which planning documents we have adopted and will produce.

We submitted our draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in February 2022 and the Planning Inspectorate advised we had to have an up-to-date Local Development Scheme at the time of submitted our draft Local Plan.

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