Thursday 24 January 2019


Reigate&BansteadCouncil remove Redhill-Aerodrome site from Housing Plan

The controversial notion of building homes on the Redhill Aerodrome site is to be deleted from the Reigate & Banstead blueprint for future housing.
Following hearings last year, the planning inspector appointed to scrutinise the authority's Development Management Plan (DMP) has agreed the land should not be earmarked as a 'safeguarded site' for housing after 2027, as initially proposed by the council.  The inspector, Helen Hockenhull, concluded there was "insufficient evidence to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances required" for the aerodrome to be released from the green belt for this purpose.
See>Inspector's Post Hearing Advice - 15 Jan 2019


Submission of Tandridge District Local Plan 2033 

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) 
(Regulation 20) and Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012 (Regulation 22)
Notice is given in accordance with the above Regulations that, on Friday 18 January 2019, Tandridge District Council submitted the Council’s Local Plan 2033 to the Secretary of State for independent examination under Regulation 22 of the Town and County Planning (Local Development England) Regulations 2012, along with the supporting documents.

Subject matter and Geographical Area
The Local Plan 2033 presents: the spatial strategy, the policies and proposals to deliver homes (both market and affordable), employment and infrastructure for the plan period to 2033. The Plan puts in place greater protections for our landscape and natural and historic environment and sets out the requirements for open space and sports provision, flood mitigation and green and blue infrastructure. The housing delivery target for the plan is 6056, some of which will be met by a Garden Community development at South Godstone. The plan is underpinned by an ambitious economic strategy and is heavily infrastructure led and will seek to deliver new primary and secondary school provision, health facilities, road and rail improvements, open spaces and flood mitigation.
The policies of the Local Plan 2033, cover the full administrative area of the District.

Where can documents be viewed?
Hard Copies
The Submission Plan, Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report, Regulation 22: Statement of Consultation and all supporting documents are available for public inspection at the front desk of the main Council offices: Tandridge District Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0BT between the opening hours of 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30 to 16:30, on Fridays.
The submission version of the Local Plan 2033 and the proposed new policies maps, can also be viewed in all libraries across the District. Opening hours of libraries can be found at:

The Submission Plan and all supporting documents are also available to view on the Council’s website at:

Contact the Strategy Team on: 01883 722000 
or email:, should you have any questions.

Saturday 5 January 2019


The standby runway is located 198m to the north of the main runway and was granted planning permission in 1979. It provides an alternative runway for use when the main runway is closed for maintenance or as a result of an incident. One of the conditions of the planning permission was that it could not be used simultaneously with the main runway. The simultaneous use of both runways is also ruled out by a Section 52 Agreement with West Sussex County Council. However this agreement expires in 2019.

The Airports Commission selected Heathrow to provide additional runway capacity in the South East - Government and Parliament have endorsed that recommendation. There is no national justification to expand Gatwick Airport.

Campaign Group GON (Gatwick Obviously Not) commented:
The growth proposals in the master plan would further enrich the airport's shareholders whilst inflicting more flights, more noise, more emissions and more public transport congestion and over-crowding on local people and those under flight paths.

The proposals to increase runway capacity are all dedicated to increasing passenger numbers and flight volume. This will adversely increase both noise and air quality impacts. NCS consider that plans to increase runway capacity should be discontinued. The parish of Nutfield is already affected by the change in departure routes announced in 2013 which involves an increased volume of Gatwick aircraft flying at 3000ft (and sometimes lower) over the parish. We have called for this height to be increased to a minimum 5000ft which would reduce the environmental impact of the change adopted on departure route 3        See >Gatwick proposed height changes on Departure R3

The environmental impacts are increasing within current growth levels without considering any increased additional runway facility. Gatwick should be addressing how to reduce the escalating contributions they are making to the adverse effects on the environment. 

The Government acknowledge the nation cannot meet the stated carbon emission targets and commitments. Aviation-related expansion will only increase the pressure to meet these levels and the planned runway expansion at Gatwick should therefore be avoided as this is considered unnecessary.

Gatwick should actively listen to the opposition presented and respond meaningfully to the negative aspects of aviation rather than pursuing goals that merely favour the industry from a financial standpoint.