Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has announced that they are pausing the process of updating of the Local Plan, following the announcement by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework.
This could have an impact on the proposed Preston Farm development for 200 homes on the Green Belt, which is included in the current draft of the MVDV Local Plan.
MVDC Local Plan is in its late stages of revision. Between June and October 2022, the Planning Inspector ran a number of public hearing sessions relating to her examination of the Local Plan for soundness. At the end of November she issued a list to MVDC of Main Modifications she wished to see made to the draft plan to ‘inform her consideration of soundness’. Agreed Main Modifications would go forward for a 6 week public consultation, following which she would finalise her report.
The Secretary of State’s letter to MPs states that:
- Green Belt: further clarifying our approach to date in the National Planning Policy
Framework and the Localism Act, we will be clear that local planning authorities are not
expected to review the Green Belt to deliver housing.
- We will end the obligation on local authorities to maintain a rolling five-year supply of land for housing where their plans are up-to-date