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Guidance on residential planning requirements can be found on the Elmbridge Borough Council website

Representations about planning applications should be made within 21 days of publication in the weekly list, and can be submitted on line , or contact

Elmbridge Borough Council
Town Planning Department,
Civic Centre,
High Street,
Surrey KT10 9SD

Tel: 01372 474787

Permitted development

From May 2019, permitted development rights enabling certain extensions and improvements to be carried out without planning permission were made permanent.  Householders wishing to carry out permitted developments will need to familiarise themselves with the detailed rules on what is permitted, and on consultation with neighbours.  A copy of the relevant guidance can be downloaded here

Information about recent applications for Hinchley Wood and Weston Green Ward can be seen by following the links below.

If you are interested in a recent weekly list which is not shown, and for information on planning decisions and appeals, please visit


Other planning news

20th November 2023

Proposed development on land between Claygate Lane and Cumberland Drive

An application has been submitted for a development comprising of 6 houses (2 detached and 2 pairs of semi-detached) and 3 flats and associated hard and soft landscaping following demolition of the existing house at 12 Claygate Lane.  This would utilise the undeveloped land behind numbers 10 to 26 Claygate Lane, and would also back onto houses in Cumberland Drive.

Local residents have prepared a flyer with details of the application and setting out reasons why it should be turned down.  This can be viewed here

HWRA has submitted its own objection to the application, citing the following main grounds:

- it is out of character with the clear and coherent structure of the existing pattern of development in and around the site, involving as it does the introduction of an unexpected form of ‘back-land’ development and an uncharacteristic layout into the street scene.

- the siting and layout of the development proposed fails to promote or reinforce the distinctive characteristic of the area, which in this case is formed by a ring of large, detached houses within relatively long plots. This proposal, in failing to respect the prevailing pattern of development in the locality and the street scene, fails also to provide sufficient amenity space for future occupiers, particularly of plots 6 & 7.

- the siting of the structures within the characteristic open gap between the properties, would compromise the sense of space and openness between these dwellings and interrupt the established rhythm of development in the area.  Further, the orientation of plots 3, 4 and 5 does not sit comfortably in their surroundings as they fail to align with one or other of either Manor Road North, Claygate Lane or Cumberland Drive.

- this contrived proposal is a source of material harm to the area’s distinctive characteristics, since it fails to promote or reinforce the prevailing pattern of development in the locality, and as a consequence, fails to preserve or enhance the character of the area, all contrary to Policy DM2 of the Elmbridge Local Plan Development Management Plan August 2015, Policies CS8 and CS17 of the Elmbridge Core Strategy 2011 and the Design and Character Supplementary Planning Document Companion Guide: Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood & Weston Green, April 2012.

- the claimed absences of harm such as the impact on biodiversity, neighbour amenity or highway considerations are not benefits and cannot weigh in favour of a proposal, nor can they mitigate the harm which would be done in respect of the character and appearance of the area.

Residents who wish to make their own representations may do so by visiting and searching for application number 2023/2860 (Weekly list dated 10th November 2023).  The deadline for comments is 8th December 2023.


Local Plan update August 2023

The draft Elmbridge Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 10 August 2023. 

There is a new dedicated website for the examination, where you can view the submission Elmbridge Local Plan and the supporting evidence base documents required for submission. It will be updated as  the examination pr0gresses and will include the dates and documents for each hearing session.

Local Plan update July 2021

The development of the Local Plan is now nearing a conclusion.  It is expected that the final version will be put out to consultation in autumn 2021.

In July 2021, a proposal from planning officers which would have involved the release of Green Belt land for development was rejected by councillors, with the  portfolio holder for planning, Residents councillor Karen Randolph, stating that Green Belt land should not be used “to accommodate an unproven and unsubstantiated housing target handed down by central government… [which] was not supported by the exceptional circumstances as set out in the evidence base documents”.

Previous history of the Local Plan process:

Elmbridge Borough Council was obliged by central government to produce a new Local Plan, with a target of providing  9345 new homes in the Borough over the next 15 years.  This new Plan was to replace the council’s Core Strategy (adopted in 2011) which contains strategic planning policies, and the Development Management Plan (adopted in 2015).  The timeline for the whole process is shown in the image. 


Third round of consultation

In 2020 the process entered a third round of consultations, focussing on a Development Management Plan containing detailed day-to-day planning policies. This followed the first two Local Plan consultations held in 2016 and 2019, which were focused on the strategic issues, such as the location of new homes and what should be included in the vision for the Local Plan. 


The purpose of this the third Local Plan consultation was twofold:


          1. The first part of the document shared the council’s proposed objectives and themes for the Local Plan, looking ahead to what the borough might be like in 15 years’ time.  

          2. The second part of the document asked for views on the approach to the detailed policies.


The Local Plan is intended to have a central role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and supporting the transition to a low carbon future, as well as delivering improvements to flood risk, air quality, recycling and waste management. The council would like your views on the proposed policy directions. The consultation also has questions on the Elmbridge economy, and on the health and wellbeing of local communities through environments that promote and support physical and mental wellbeing.


The consultation opened on Monday January 27 and closed at midnight on Monday 9 March. The document can be viewed at .

Second round of consultation

The previous (second) round of consultations  was in 2019.  The consultation document on the options then presented can be seen at:  . This link also provides access to an interactive map detailing the effects of the various options.

The three options considered in the first round were increased to five, with various combinations of more intense urban area development and release of Green Belt land.   Some of the options would open the way to potential development on the Long Ditton Green Belt adjacent to Hinchley Wood (Local Area 58), and on lands adjacent to Hillcrest Gardens, Avondale Avenue and Heathside - see map.  However, the Council made no recommendation as to a preferred option.

In a December 2019 update, the Council reported that responses to the Options Consultation had been read, analysed and reported to Councillors.

6,554 completed questionnaires and 94 formal representations were received. A Consultation Statement was published which set out the key issues raised. This and all of the comments received are available to view on the  consultation portal  


85% of the responses favoured Option 4 – the one which avoids releasing Green Belt land for development, but which does not meet the central government's target for the number of new dwellings to be planned for.


The HWRA response to the second consultation, indicating that option 4 was our preferred option, can be  downloaded here .

First round of consultation

A copy of the HWRA response to the first round of consultation in 2017 consultation can be seen  here  .


An action group,  Save HWLD Green Belt  , has been formed to campaign against development on the local green belt and to seek 'Village Green' status for Stokes Field and One Tree Hill, thus ensuring that it could not be built on. The group's latest flyer, giving suggestions as to how residents might wish to respond to the consultation, can be  downloaded here.   The Group's previous flyer, including information about the Village Green application, can be  downloaded here .
Please note that the group is independent of HWRA.

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for planning consultation alerts and notifications via

Planning targets and unitary authority update July 2021

In a July 2021 speech to the Local Government Association Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick backtracked on the government’s pledge to undertake root and branch reform of the planning system. He told council leaders that there was “no need to rip up” the system. 

This is an encouraging development, reflecting among other things a backlash among voters in the South East against proposals which would have removed much local control over planning decisions under a zonal approach with developments in so-called “growth” areas receiving automatic outline planning permission. The result of the Chesham and Amersham by-election and (closer to home) the loss of long time Conservative stronghold Cobham & Downside to a LibDem candidate in the recent Elmbridge Council by-election will no doubt have concentrated ministers’ minds on the political consequences of their previous approach.

On 21st July the government published  of a new National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code. The government’s claim is that these will put “ beauty at the heart of the local planning system. [The] changes will create a system where local people are empowered to set standards for beauty and design in their area through local design codes. These codes will reflect their area’s unique aesthetics, culture and heritage, with tree lined streets accompanying new developments”. It sounds good in principle, but it remains to be seen what it will mean in practice.

These documents can be seen at and

This change of tack follows a previous two-pronged attack on local accountability.

1 In 2020 Surrey County Council (SCC) is proposed to abolish the current 11 Borough and District Councils (including Elmbridge Borough Council) in the county, and replace them with a single unitary authority – Surrey County Council.
Crucial decisions (e.g. on planning) would have been be removed from the control of local councillors who know their communities in detail, and put in the hands of a remote authority with scant knowledge of the local area, let alone any real concerns for, or interest in, the impact of their decision making.

However, on 21st September 2020 Robert Jenrick (Secretary of State for Local Government) announced that "No. 10 were not prepared to progress a local government restructuring as part of the devolution white paper". The leader of Surrey County Council acknowledged that "this effectively kills our bid".

Government’s Planning White Paper ‘ Planning for the Future ’ was published in August 2020, whose avowed aim, in Boris Johnson’s words, was to ‘tear down [the current planning system] and start again’.

The proposals included a much truncated local plan process and the creation of three ‘zones’ for development - Protected, Renewal and Growth - with a stronger presumption in favour of development.

This was accompanied by a ‘ Changes to the Current Planning System ’ paper, driven by algorithms, to define the number of homes to be delivered. Development would be sanctioned simply by the Secretary of State without much scrutiny, or the need to justify this way of forcing higher building numbers on councils like Elmbridge where affordability, irrespective of how many houses are built, will always be an issue.

HWRA welcomes the subsequent abandonment of these proposals.

Click here to view the HWRA response, and those from our M.P., Dominic Raab

Other relevant documents and resources:

Surrey County Council Leader's letter to the Secretary of State proposing a single unitary authority for Surrey .


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